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Temporary Insanity

2.99  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A touching and hopeful look at the underworld of the office temp from hilarious author Leslie Carroll.

Meet Alice Finnegan: 30-something, single, and stuck in a cycle of horrific secretarial temp jobs. She's trying to fulfil her childhood ambitions of on-stage stardom while sharing an apartment with her 90-something grandmother, a feisty, funny, former Ziegfeld showgirl.

Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Spider the Doof Warrior
This book was predictable, but entertaining and it satisfied my need for SOMETHING to read, so I reckon for that it gets 3 stars. But it's just so obvious though.

Another thing is why do books like this always have to have some woman who is bitchy and mean to the main character for no reason other than she's just there to do that?
And they always have to have a love interested that turns out to be a jerk. Then you have the small breasted short haired women. What is up with that? They are mean to t
Dec 13, 2010 Leslie rated it it was ok
I wanted to really like this book because I think the author has a fun sense of humor and style. I'm not sure if the character was whiny or if I just got tired of the drama, or if the book took too long to actually DO anything. I will say that Grandma's character was fun... It seemed kind of like a summary of the last few years of someone's life rather than an actual story with a plot, though. Only the last couple of chapters had much of an arc. I was disappointed... but I finished it and at the ...more
May 20, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has a temp job, or is trying to become an actor while having a survival job.
Recommended to Holly by: My friend Alanna
Shelves: true-life
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Jan 28, 2014 Nicole Fraijo rated it it was amazing
I came across this book in a thrift store. I recommend it to anyone who has ever worked at a job that they hate while trying to pursue their dreams. the main character alice is someone who's very relatable and likable.
Mar 30, 2008 Kp89dc2 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone with nothing else to read.
I had such high hopes for this book, but it turned out to be something else. Oh well. I was expecting a romance, instead I got a look into someone's life...and it was fictional. It wasn't a "bad" book, just not what I was expecting.
Sep 10, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Chick lit--Actress Alice works as a temp, unlucky in love. Many touching and funny parts.
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Jul 03, 2008 Glenn rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous-novels
I'd give this 3.5 stars. Quirky, with a mostly comical angle of a struggling actress in New York that takes temp jobs to survive, and the wacky bosses and people she works with.
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I used to tell people that I was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx; but the truth is that apart from the stellar education I received at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, much of who I am was shaped by my two grandmothers, who encouraged me to follow my bliss long before it became the sort of catchphrase you find on tee-shirts and new-age tchotchkes. My East Side grandmother took me to FA ...more
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