At one point in the book, De Pasquale writes “Bridget Jones is my spirit animal.” This is a far more accurate assessment than anything I could have come up with. While De Pasquale’s behavior during some chapters is borderline questionable, (in the chapter “Adam the Jew,” she was the “other woman” in the relationship), she redeems herself well as the book progresses and as she matures as a woman and begins to realize what she actually wants out of life and in a man. I particularly enjoyed the chapter about Buster, her dog—it was a nice departure from the somewhat salacious stories to showcase a different kind of love: that between a pet and his owner.
De Pasquale writes, brutally honestly at times, about the difficulties of balancing a career, personal convictions, and a dating life all while combating the petty infighting that plagues the beltway conservative moment. Having attended a decent number of the events described in the book, it was fascinating to see an insider’s view of all of the goings-on needed to make the events happen. It was also quite interesting to see how the internal politics of hosting large conservative events play out. It was also disappointing, at least from the point of view of a young conservative, to read about how incredibly stubborn certain influential people in the movement can be.
The fact that De Pasquale has not completely gone insane/left the conservative movement entirely despite the hardships she has faced is an accomplishment in and of itself. Her perseverance and drive throughout the various trials and tribulations she experienced at her jobs during the book is nothing short of inspiring. I admire De Pasquale for taking a stand for what she believed was right in spite of any personal consequences.
As someone who is a young single woman just beginning her career in the D.C. area, I can consider Finding Mr. Rightous to be equal part road map and cautionary tale for navigating the dating scene in the area. It was an entertaining read, and a definite departure from the typical “conservative author” piece. Finding Mr. Righteous is unlike any book I have ever read, and I would thoroughly recommend it.