First of all, I would like to start off by saying I really enjoyed the book Skyscraper, it was a little out of my “comfort zone” of books, and at first I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it that much, but I found that I did. It was really interesting reading something that was published in Cosmo in the 1930’s because I honestly have never read literature like that from that time period. Sure, I’ve read literature from the 1930’s before, but nothing that has been compared to Sex and the City of our day. That being said, I would like to continue our discussion from class, especially the discussion about women characters, as well as money; and for a change I would like to draw from real life experience instead of research.
Let me just lead this off by saying that Jennie was probably my favorite character in the novel. Yes, she was in fact a gold digger, but at the same time she was the most honest woman in the entire novel. She knew exactly what she was and she completely owned it. I find this to be interesting because I wouldn’t be able to stand a “gold digger” in today’s time. Why? Because times have changed. Back then, when women in the work place was out of the ordinary, what was a girl to do? Jennie did what she had to do in order to get by in that economy. Today however, a woman in the workplace is a very common thing to see. In fact, my parents own a business and my mother is considered to be the primary owner of that business. I guess that is why I have the problem that I do with so called “gold diggers”.
Moving on to Lynn. While I know many of the people in the class found her to be annoying, I sort of enjoyed her. Yes, at times she wasn’t the most honest person, but really how many people in this world are? I liked her most because she had ambition as well as a love life, which in today’s time is the most typical woman. One of the things I liked about her so much was the fact that she wanted to establish her career before she got married. So many women during that time period would have been okay with agreeing to marry a man like Tom and then letting him take care of her. I thought her ambition was a nice touch.
Finally, we have Sarah. Sarah I think reminds me most of my mother. She is an extremely intelligent woman who is not afraid to take on the work place surrounded by men. My parents own a construction company, which as we all know is primarily a “man’s” job. My own mother is one of two women in that entire company, and honestly she is the opinion that matter’s the most. I draw my inspiration from her because she is not afraid to be a strong, independent woman, and that is why Sarah reminded me so much of her.
I would like to end by saying that this novel was honestly a breath of fresh air. It was very different from some of the other literature that I have read in classes, and it was nice to get an idea of what “risky” writing from that time period was like. I felt that I could really put myself in all of the characters’ shoes. I enjoyed it very much.