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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  33 reviews
"I can write the pants off any man," declares Sybil Weatherfield, the plucky hero of Jennifer Spiegel’s Love Slave. A literary novel set in 1995 New York, Love Slave follows Weatherfield and her strange friends as they frustrate chick-lit expectations (though they’re unaware that they’re doing so) in this uproarious, genre-breaking spree. By day Sybil is an office temp, an...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Unbridled Books (first published September 1st 2012)
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Barbara
My somewhat ordered thoughts...

I got it because I heard the author speak at a fiction reading at Arizona State University and knew that I wanted to get a copy when it came out in paperback.

I very, very much liked it. I like the story of Sybil, Madeline, Jeff and Rob, and all the other people in New York. It captures nicely what is was like in the '90s and she gets a lot of the pop culture references correctly. Which as a gen-xer, I do care about.

I liked a lot of the imagery and word choicage....more
Natalie E. Ramm
Love Slave in an unusual love story. Sybil Weatherfield works as a temp in NYC. But her temp status goes beyond her job. She tends to be a temp lover as well: never too invested. She writes a column for The New York Shock, which is placed strategically between chapters. Writing is her art. It is what she lives for and yet she has to temp to pay the bills. When she meets Rob, the lead singer in the band Glass Half Empty, she finds a friend that can really understand her. As artists and New Yorker...more
Amy
I'm conflicted. Parts made me yearn, parts strained my patience, but mostly things didn't hit me as hard as I really, really wanted them to.

I'm not totally sure it should get a 3 from me, but I don't want to inflate it to a 4, and there isn't a 3.5 or 3.75, which is what I would like to rate it. I did like it a good bit. Not, like, love love love transformed me while I was reading it like, but I can see why the Unbridled guy at BEA was hyping it so hard.

There are some things that need to be fi...more
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
Need a break from those heavier books of literary fiction you’ve been reading? Looking for that next hipster read for the summer? Well, here it is, Love Slave by Jennifer Spiegel. Realistic in its presentation of Sybil Weatherfield’s life circa 1995, enter the craziness that is the New York City lifestyle. Sybil is witty, sarcastic, and a cynic, in other words, she is my kind of gal. Like many from this generation she is not able to reach her full potential and therein lies the conflict.

Again,...more
Caryl
Anxious, real, unfair, and neurotic. Loved it.
Wendy
It's the mid-nineties and Sybil Wetherfield is a thirty year old New Yorker trying to uncover who she really is, what she wants out of life, what she wants out of love.

Sybil is witty, sarcastic, a cynic. She's getting older, stuck in a temporary state of unrest. She considers herself an artist, writing a column for a weekly newspaper, but temping to make ends meet. Her one good friend is a girl she met temping who longs to get out of New York. She's in a mediocre relationship with what should be...more
Leah
I've only just started this book, but can already tell I'm going to enjoy it! Can't wait to see how the main character ends up!



Well, that didn't take long. I so wanted to know what happened to Sybil that I picked it up every chance I could get. I won this book in one of Goodreads' giveaways (thank you, Jennifer Spiegel!) a while back and wasn't able to get around to reading it until now. Wish I'd have picked it up sooner.

While Sybil's life is a FAR cry from mine, hers in NYC, mine in Portland Or...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo

Set in nineties New York when the craziness of the streets is mirrored in the craziness of life in this vibrant city. Sybil Weatherfield is an office temp by day but ,by night she becomes a journalist writing for New York Shock - her column "Abcess" makes her something of a minor celebrity.
But life is transient and Sybil seems to float in a blur of temporary status until she hooks up with Rob - he's the lead singer in a rock band called Glass Half Empty, who is quietly mourning but covering his...more
Patricia Murphy
I picked up this book because Jennifer is a fellow ASU Alum and my Facebook Friend. (Is there an acronym for that yet? FBF? Is that too much like, and so totally different from, BFF?)

I might even have met Jennifer in person a few times, but don't hold me to that because I have taught at ASU for 20 years and can't remember all 20-25K people I have encountered. But I love her sense of humor online and I wanted to support her by buying the book and I'm glad I did.

I have to say first that this is a...more
Lara
I’m just going to say this right now: I know Jennifer Spiegel. I have known her for 20 something years having met in college, losing touch and reconnecting a couple of years ago via Facebook. She asked me to read her book, but she’s asking everyone. She should. If a writer can’t or won’t promote his or her own work, who will? It’s her first published novel and this is a pretty super freaking big deal if you ask… well, anyone. What she didn’t ask me to do, however, was review it. But as I read it...more
Brandy
Jennifer Spiegel gives us a refreshingly new take on the love story. Love slave is a book many of the 90s generation can relate too. Also, Sybil is highly relatable to the 30+ women who are feeling the need to settle down and make something of their lives. When I started this book I didn’t think I was going to like it. It is quirky, but funny and endearing in its quirks. Sybil and Rob are adorably devastated…I don’t know how else to put it. They are both so tragic, but with depth and emotion and...more
Florence
This is a powerful book, because it follows a original sequence of experiences. No other romance or novel about young adulthood reads quite the same way. Sybil experiences feelings of happiness or loneliness in a concentrated way that takes many of us back to those early adult years. She is real about her experiences and does not try to sugar coat them. It takes both the good experiences and the bad to lead Sybil to unexpected place. Also, if you have lived in New York and then lived elsewhere,...more
Lucas
Jul 21, 2014 Lucas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I've had this book sitting on my book shelf for a couple of years. Every time I would pick it up and read the back I just didn't "feel" like it was the right book at that time. Now, after reading it, I wish I would have just opened the book, sat down, and started reading it as soon as I first picked it up.

The book allowed me to connect with Sybil and all of her thoughts, actions, and desires. I found myself shaking me head when she did something that was sabotaging her long term happiness (and n...more
Nancy
I happened to start watching Girls the same week I started this book, it was like I couldn't get enough of white women in New York, in the 90's and today! While I never felt fully invested in the book, by the end I was hoping for the romance to happen. It kind of snuck up on me, that I cared at all. There is something I appreciated about the main character, about her stuckness, her unhappiness, her relative poverty.
Virginia
A fun and hip and heartfelt tale of a woman finding her way in NYC in the 90s. The author handles the delayed love-story with perfect pitch and careful enticements. A charming and almost joyful book about a gritty world.
Guilie
Excellent read. Jennifer Spiegel crafts a tale of choppy prose and snippets of totally quotable--very poignant--language. My best discovery in terms of e-books this year.
Alex
Funny and oh so witty! I found out extremely charming
Robyn
Second time reading this book and I still loved it.
Kristin Szyper
its such a great book. I loved it.
Lucie Fuentes
I thought I was bothered and ask myslef too much questions ... I met my master in the person of Sybil Weatherfield.
She has everything to be happy but she takes a while to understand that simple fact. Like what, sometimes to find yourself alone to eat black bread help you to view life with a new perspective.

Sybil expects sparks. The little something to transform her life into a fairy tale worthy of the red carpet. In short, this is a young woman who is afraid to grow, engage and see life as it i...more
Rachel
Love Slave is the story of Sybil Weatherfield (love her name!) and she works as a temp and a columnist in New York City, which she can't seem to get out of. She appreciates the freaks too much for keeping her sane. Sybil has two faithful friends, Madeline, a human rights organization paper pusher, and Rob, a singer for a band called Glass Half Empty who still wears the wedding ring of his wife who died of cancer, along with her boyfriend, Jeff, who she describes as nice. The title comes from whe...more
Leah Newsom
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donna
Sybil Weatherfield is a 30-something living in 1990s New York City. Like many Gen Xers, she fled to the city after college to pursue real life experiences but ends up living a temporary life. Yes, she works as a temp but she also seems to be in a temporary relationship and a temporary friendship. Even the food she eats is temporary since she binges and purges most of it.

Even though Sybil wasn't the most lovable character, she reminded me of people I know and I was happy to drift through her days...more
Misha
A novel about disaffected 30-somethings in New York City in the mid-1990s. The main character, Sybil, writes a column called "Abscess" for New York Shock magazine where she chronicles her love/hate relationship with her adopted city. She loves freaks even though she shops at the Gap. She loves food even though she binges and purges. She is all about temping, unable to commit to anything. But then she meets a rock musician still wearing a wedding ring despite the fact that his wife died 7 years b...more
Jayme
As a 30-something woman living in New York, I felt pulled in by the very accurate love/hate relationship people feel for the city, but the protagonist was hard to like or even find believable. Her cavalier attitude about bulimia was off-putting. The romantic ending was rather sad. But I guess the sort of unlikable-ness of all of the characters is also very New York. I found myself, along with the characters, assessing my relationship to the city and whether or not I belong here. But even at the...more
Suzanne
Yay! Another New York based novel from the POV of an overeducated and under appreciative middle-class dilettante! Waaa...I'm so entitled, pretentious and bored! The only reason this book (aka "novel") got 2 stars from me is because the writer inadvertently stumbled on some freak imagery that called to me. (Btw, calling your judgmental narrow-minded crap out in your book does not excuse it, or you. And how's that 2.5 kids in suburbia working out for you?
Shelly Broussard
I recieved this as a First Read but it was not really what I expected when I entered to win, but not in a bad way. Spiegel is obviously a very intelligent writer, but sometimes her good story about very realistic people gets weighted down with that intelligence. Do people really talk like this or is it just in New York? Still, it was a suprisingly quick, enjoyable (at times painful on purpose) read about people and their relationships.
Grace
I liked this book just fine. I didn't love it. The interludes which were from the main character's column were a little excruciating to read. I wouldn't exactly recommend it with a lot of gusto, but if you find yourself with a copy and a few days in prison or somewhere where you similarly have nothing to better to do, it won't make your life any worse. I want to give it 2.5, but I'll round up to three.
Liza
Not the type of story or book I like to read but if you are into modern romantic novels, then this book is for you.

Its about a young journalist who lives in NYC and deals with relationships, life and work.

Typical story for a post grad student.

Erica
Feb 25, 2013 Erica added it
I gave up on this book about 150 pages in when I realized that I hated the main character, the supporting characters, and the entire plot. This isn't very eloquent, but I just had a moment where I realized "I am not enjoying this at all."

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Jennifer Spiegel has an MA in Politics from New York University, and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Arizona State. She teaches college classes. A short story collection, THE FREAK CHRONICLES, is forthcoming in June 2012 (Dzanc Books). A novel, LOVE SLAVE, is forthcoming in the fall of 2012 (Unbridled Books). She lives with her husband and two kids in Arizona. Please visit her at www.jen...more
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