I received a copy via Xpresso Book Tours for a book tour in exchange for an honest review!
Amber Lin’s How to Say Goodbye is a strange, but adorable book that follows the less than perfect lives of two exceptional teens. While one lives surrounded by people who have shown her only coldness, the other escaped a world that proved to be too dark for him to handle. Quickly paced and full of difficult romantic moments, Lin’s novel was an interesting and quick read.
Amy, the female protagonist, is a girl who is so awkward, even the narrative feels choppy when we’re introduced to her. When the reader first meets shy, quiet Amy, s/he is immediately sucked into her awkward and lonely world. It was interesting watching the narrative mimic her character growth, as if it too grew with her. Perhaps one of my favourite characteristics that Amy possesses is her ability to grow and accept that the life she’s been living is hardly a life at all.
Dane, the male protagonist, is a much more complex character than Amy. It’s not just because of how heavy his past is, but because of how easily he can push Amy away. I understand that he is a flighty character, always set to escape from anything that threatens his rocky life, but it doesn’t excuse his actions. Yes he is hurt, yes he is damaged, and perhaps his reactions to Amy during intimate moments is a reflection of all that was done to him, but I would have liked to see a bit more character growth in that aspect.
While I did, for the most part, enjoy this novel, there were a few issues that bugged me. I’m not going to delve into the third person narrative because it helped make the story a bit awkward (a near-perfect reflection of the characters themselves), whether the author intended to or not. I’ve already mentioned Dane’s actions towards Amy, but what really irked me was how Amy reacted to Dane’s outbursts. I understand her character is all about acceptance and letting things go in order to help the person she loves, but come on, if a guy talks to me the way Dane does to her, I would slap him. Maybe kick him, too. It’s her passivity that makes Amy weak and though she slowly grows out of it as the story progresses, it’s still a sore spot with me.
Another thing: what is it with these love at first sight stories? What ever happened to letting a love slowly progress, especially for two characters so unwilling to trust each other? Yes, there are MANY moments where they are unsure of each others’ motives, but please, you can’t just take a socially inept character and hook her up with a guy that has a list of issues a mile long.
Despite all of these negatives, I DID enjoy this book. It was a surprisingly quick read with a pretty great pacing. It had beautiful metaphors and similes thrown throughout the text, and the character growth (mainly on Amy’s side) was impressive.
If you like New Adult romantic literature, then you might like Lin’s novel. If you like third person, then you’re in for a treat. Likewise, if you like having a narrative that mimics a character’s weakest characteristic (and improves as the character grows), then you might really enjoy this one. ...more
Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson is a quick read that re-introduces us to the characters ofMini Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson is a quick read that re-introduces us to the characters of Jane Austen's famous romance novel, Pride & Prejudice. Wilson's novel is a quick read that showcases the illustrious world of dog shows, and I must say, this is an entirely unique way of introducing the Darcy and Elizabeth romance.
While I did enjoy this one because of the cuteness factor, I did find that it was at times a bit hard to see it as its own story. What I mean is that while it is unique with the dog show idea and the way some of the characters are introduced, the dialogue made it hard for me to believe that Elizabeth was not only an American, but that she was from this century. After watching the film adaptation from 2005 of P&P, I realized that the dialogue from this book borrowed a lot from the original text. A few inconsequential lines here and there would have sufficed, but it was everywhere. I remember at one point even looking to see if the author was truly American. I loved the story because it was wonderful, but I wish the author would have taken a few more risks with her characters, rather than just borrow the dialogue from its predecessor.
All that being said, I still loved this one and recommend it to anyone who loves a good P&P adaptation!...more
I was really exciting to read Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich because I'm a sucker forMini Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I was really exciting to read Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich because I'm a sucker for a promising romantic tale. Also, being a bigger girl, I was excited to finally read a novel about a girl who wasn't introduced like all the other near-perfect female protagonists. However, from the get-go, I started noticing situations that made me feel increasingly uncomfortable. While I enjoyed a good chunk of this book, there were discrepancies that made me, on occasion, laugh at the ludicrous narrative because of how offensive it was.
Despite all of this, Big Girl Panties was still an addicting read for me. And like others have stated, the fat-shaming and assumptions made by the male love interest were a bit disturbing. Also, the fact that he was unable to defend her to those who made fun of her weight (which can't possibly be as extreme as the author makes it out to be) did not endear him to me whatsoever.
I read this one quickly because I'm a sucker for chick-lit, but I've definitely read better....more
Sophie Hart's The Naughty Girls' Book Club features an array of women in various stages of lifeMini Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Sophie Hart's The Naughty Girls' Book Club features an array of women in various stages of life (plus a man) who decide to read erotic novels that have either changed the way literature was viewed in the past, or has paved the way for a type of liberating read. While the title and cover may suggest a sexy romp ahead of you, it is not nearly as uncensored as the books the book club members read--after all, this is filed under general fiction, not romance or erotica.
Hart's novel gives voice to all her characters as we learn of their personal struggles and watch them overcome them. It's intriguing to read a novel that deals with the idea of sexuality in literature, yet remains almost PG-13 throughout the whole book. This shows that this story is more focused on the effects of reading, and how coming together to enjoy a good book with others can change the way a person may see the world. This is a unique read in a time of sexy literature and dominating men.
Also, before I conclude this mini review, can I just mention that one of the love interests in this book is simply delicious?!...more
Rebecca Bloom's Eat, Drink, and Be Married is a sweet adult fiction noveReview first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I received a copy for review
Rebecca Bloom's Eat, Drink, and Be Married is a sweet adult fiction novel that explores the relationships between four women. I'm a sucker for a good chick lit novel, simply because I like the drama and the path to redemption that women in these novels encounter. Though fairly well written, Bloom's story starts off shaky, but picks up shortly after the midway mark.
The characters are diverse and each have their own issues to overcome by the end of the novel. My greatest issue with Bloom's characters is their believability. Most of the characters have successful lives that feel unrealistic and over-the-top--An example would be celebrity status success and name-dropping to add a "wow" factor.
The first half of the novel is where Bloom emphasizes the success of her characters to the point where her story lacks credibility. But the novel quickly bounces back as the girls finally get together for Hannah's wedding, due to the story switching from a show-and-tell of who's done what, to four friends and their bond. This portion of the novel was, in my opinion, the better half of the novel. This is where readers can relate to the characters.
The beautiful aspect of Bloom's novel is how each woman surpasses a problem in their lives, whether it is a romantic, familial, or personal struggle. Eat, Drink, and Be Married is full of redemption and acceptance. The reader is shown how a past does not determine the future and how everyone deserves a second chance, no matter where s/he comes from and what his/her situation is. ...more
I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Meg Cabot is back with the final novReview first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Meg Cabot is back with the final novel in the Heather Wells mystery series, The Bride Wore Size 12. For a while I was giving up on Cabot since her latest work has been letting me down (don’t even get me started on her latest young adult series, grr!), but then she published the last two installments in the Heather Wells mystery series, and yes, I have come back to the Meg Cabot adult fiction club.
Written in the similar witty style of all her other books in the series, Cabot finally concludes Heather’s story—but not before throwing in one more fun murder mystery and a heaping dose of romance. I loved reading about a female character who isn’t perfect (physically) getting the guy, and I also loved the fact that he was perfect in her eyes, but wasn’t this sex god in everyone else’s eyes. I can’t give much away, because this is obviously the last book in the series, but let’s just say that Heather finally gets her happy ending.
The mystery isn’t the toughest to figure out, but it is fun to watch Heather’s strong will to survive and protect the kids living in her building. I loved that Cabot kind of tied up the loose ends, unlike other authors who tend to forget to solve any discrepancies mentioned earlier in a series.
Cabot delivers her fun writing style in this light concluding novel that will have the reader eager to solve the mystery plaguing Heather’s world. The pacing is quick and the dialogue adds fantastic humor to the novel. I must say that though this wasn’t her best work, it proves to me that somewhere underneath the poor novels written in the past few years, the old Cabot still lingers. I love that she stays true to her adult series—it gives me a strange sort of hope.
If you like Cabot’s work circa Queen of Babble and The Boy Next Door, then I definitely recommend this series for you. It’s light, it’s funny, and it has some pretty sweet romance. Heather is a character that’s tough and unique, and from the very beginning of the series, it’ll be difficult for the reader not to fall in love with her. ...more
It all started with a movie trailer. I was mindlessly checking out posts onReview also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Phew, what an experience!
It all started with a movie trailer. I was mindlessly checking out posts on Facebook when I came across a list of books one should read before the movie is released in 2015. I found Love, Rosie and watched the trailer. I thought, "Hm, this looks like it might be an interesting read!" Then after a mildly extensive search, I found that I owned the book and read it the next day (all of yesterday). From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked.
Where Rainbows End is my first book by Cecelia Ahern, so I had no idea of what was waiting for me. I was very surprised (and intrigued) to see that this novel was done up as a series of emails, letters, notes, texts, and instant messaging chats (remember those?!) This originality, paired up with such a genuinely touching storyline had me wanting more. I ignored the fact that this was a brick of a book and proceeded to not have much of a life for the next 10 or so hours.
Rosie, the protagonist (though to be honest, this felt like the kind of story that belonged to everyone who knows Rosie and Alex) is a woman who isn't exactly afraid to speak her mind, and this is done exceptionally well through her conversations with other people. When she finds herself in a situation that changes her life forever, we feel all the more connected and empathetic with her situation because of how personal the writing is. The same can be said of Alex, her counterpart, who also experiences his own personal struggles throughout his adult life.
If this novel was written in first or third person, I probably wouldn't have connected to the characters as much. Using emails, letters, and other forms of communication other than straight up prose made it so easy to connect with this fun group of characters because it felt so personal and intimate. Usually, when we're told about a character, it is the immediate things that are pertinent to the storyline (i.e. looks, hobbies, etc), but to read the little details and still be able to see, hear, and feel for these characters through mere chats is amazing. Ahern takes the old writing lesson and uses it to its full extent: Don't tell us, shows us. She does so by giving us only chats to shows us these characters' personalities, rather than simply stating overused descriptors.
The progression of time in this novel made me feel like I was growing with these characters. I was so sad to see all of the missed opportunities, mistakes, and spoiled chances, but then again, isn't life sometimes a collection of what we could have or could have not done? Ahern gives us a picture of life, even if it follows two friends (or soul-mates), without even trying to. After all, she's just giving us these snippets of time in these characters' ever-changing life. To put my point into perspective: this story could have easily been about the readers' neighbors, or friends, that's how random the storyline could appear if it were in fact nonfiction--this is a collection of moments in a random family's every day life, but we connect with them because there are instances where we relate to them; they feel like a real family that is actually living somewhere out in the world.
As a result of being with these characters over the span of decades, I found myself feeling their moments of discovery, joy, pain, wonder, and grief. I watched these characters grow and age and mature before my very eyes, like some warped timeline set on hyper-speed. Though I know it is a fictional storyline, I basically watched the progression of various lives take place in the span of a few short hours. This, I believe, is the beauty of Ahern's writing. This and the fact that despite what people say, men and women can be friends, love doesn't always happen when we want (or need) it to, and it's okay to make mistakes because we all are just living. Rosie and Alex are beautiful and though they frustrated me with their missed chances, imagine being them and not knowing the ending that we were sure would eventually come. Their reality is fiction to us, but their problems and setbacks are all too real.
I would recommend this book to everyone who likes chick-lit and romantic novels. Also, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a unique take on contemporary life. I feel like this is the kind of book I will carry with me for a while and I am so excited to see how they fit its grandness onto the big screen.
I've Got Your Number is the second Sophie Kinsella novel I've read this year and the hopeless rThis review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I've Got Your Number is the second Sophie Kinsella novel I've read this year and the hopeless romantic in me is ridiculously happy about this fact. Kinsella's standalone novel showcases the author's talent in creating a Chick Literature novel that will not disappoint her fans. With quickly paced writing, wit, and the occasional moment where your heart stops, Kinsella manages to write yet another successful novel to add to her career. Of course, with all of this being said, I suggest you read my review of The Undomestic Goddess, also by Kinsella, to see my already mentioned complaints about her writing since I will not be rewriting it on this review.
Poppy Wyatt is getting married to the man of her dreams. It doesn't matter that his parents don't really think she's good enough for their son, or that she feels inadequate beside his intellectually inclined family. At least, it didn't matter. But something bad has happened. Poppy has lost her engagement ring and to add insult to injury, someone has just stolen, STOLEN, her cellphone, so can you blame her for thinking that she is royally screwed? But then, when she thinks all is lost, she finds a cellphone in the trash and immediately makes it her own... until a stranger begins messaging her claiming that the phone belongs to his company. Will Poppy ever find her ring? Will she ever be able to please her future-in-laws? Is her husband-to-be really who she thinks he is? And more importantly, who is this stranger messaging her?
1. Poppy's character is trying to make herself appear more professional and intelligent, so she adopts the use of footnotes from her future-in-laws. Throughout the whole novel. I know that Kinsella was just trying to keep a sense of consistency, I've seen this before in other novels that employ a similar tactic. For example, Meg Cabot's Queen of Babble series has designs of wedding dresses at the beginning of each chapter. Cabot's use of the drawings visually display her character's love of design and her knowledge of wedding dresses, and are very entertaining. Kinsella's use of footnotes did not entertain me, they were annoying. I know it offered an "insight" into Poppy's thoughts, but Kinsella could have simply added these thoughts directly into the narrative of the novel. Okay, I am a bit biased. I extremely dislike footnotes and I find them very distracting and disorienting. Since I had to keep looking at the footnote to see what Poppy thought, I kept getting more and more irritated since I just wanted to read the story.
2. The binding. I know this probably only happened to me, but as I read, the binding snapped! And I don't mean in a joyful "yay, she's reading me!" way. Even now as I skimmed the pages, the front cover hung lazily, unhinged from the book. Fun times.
3. Of course, the characters. Why must Kinsella's characters be so aloof? Why must they be so naive? Clearly, I am just talking about Poppy. Poppy's decisions lead to an ending that was not only anticipated, but was not as strong as I thought it could have been.
1. The concept of texting is used wonderfully throughout the novel. Kinsella manages to write a story that mimics how most of us communicate with friends and loved ones nowadays. I know a similar technique has been used before, but in Young Adult novels. Kinsella successfully opens up this style of writing for adults in a fun and sexy way.
2. I love Kinsella's writing. It's so fluid that I always end up getting swept away. Despite all the negative things I've mentioned, give me a Kinsella novel and I'm good to go. Her use of dialogue makes it feel like you are standing there in the story listening to the characters chat. Kinsella is clearly not afraid of making her words sound like they would if they were spoken with emotion in real life. For example, if a character is worried, instead of writing, "What will I do?" Kinsella writes, "What will I dooooo?" Effectively bringing out the personality of the character through the use of dialogue and having some fun with it too.
3. Kinsella always gives little hints as to what her characters (antagonists and protagonists) are up to. I know this may be seen as a negative, but her little hints always make me feel like a detective. One of the good things about this novel is that yes, it was a bit predictable, but not every aspect was predictable. I would have never guessed the things I learned at the end. It was a fun surprise!
I am so happy that I still have one more Sophie Kinsella novel to read in my library. I will never tire of her work and look forward to any future novels by her. I recommend this book to those who enjoy Chick Literature and find witty, English female protagonists entertaining... oh yeah, and if you're a hopeless romantic, you might want to check out this one as well as some of Kinsella's other novels....more
The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols is one of those young adult novels that can be read in oThis review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols is one of those young adult novels that can be read in one sitting. It has its cute moments that make you go "aw" and moments that make you want to throw the book away. I've read The Boys Next Door by Echols, so I had a slight idea of what I was getting myself into. The premise looked cute and promising, but let me warn you, it isn't as it seems. I'll explain what I mean in my Negatives. Here's a synopsis that I think would better justify Echols's story:
(view spoiler)[Gemma has big plans for her next year in high school. She plans to try out for the majorette squad, she's on her way to losing the weight she's always wanted to lose, and she just wants to survive another couple of years so she can make her getaway. Then she meets Max and his friend, Carter. Just as she believes that Max, a very attractive Japanese-American, is flirting with her, Addison steps in. Addison is Gemma's "best-friend" who always seems to be abusing Gemma in some way, whether it is belittling her, or sabotaging her chances at love. Even though Addison and Max are dating, Gemma, who begins dating Carter, can't help but notice that Max flirts with her despite Addison and Carter. It's all a complicated mess. (hide spoiler)]
Okay, I know I sound like I disliked this book from my synopsis, but I actually didn't. I disliked a few things, but it was a fun and quick read.
1. The Characters. Not all of them, but some of them drove me up the wall. Especially the protagonist. I hate when protagonists have abusive friends who put them down with snide comments and deliberately embarrass them in front of others. What do I hate more? When these same protagonists don't stand up to their mean "friends" and instead call them "best-friend". I understand that this was a growing process for Gemma. I know that this whole Addison being a bitch thing worked out for the plot, but seriously, when an author has such an abused person as their protagonist then wouldn't it look like a weak person is running the show? Gemma had her best-friend, the guy she calls a good friend and had once loved until he stomped all over her emotions, and the rest of the school bullying her. And to top it all off, Echols "fixes" her protagonist by having her lose weight. I have never liked the message this sends to readers, and I never will.
2. I wanted to learn more about what happens with Gemma and her dad, but Echols (view spoiler)[ just has Gemma comment on her going to visit her dad. (hide spoiler)] It felt like this relationship was forgotten by Echols in the process of writing the book. It's almost like she was near the end and said, "Oh crap, her dad!" I wouldn't have minded meeting him and seeing how he was with the daughter he barely calls. If a character has such an intense anger towards a parent, shouldn't the author try to show both sides to the reader? Shouldn't the author resolve the issues between the parent(s) and the child?
3. I'm just going to say that this plot was transparent. I knew what would happen, but hey, it is a fun read, so didn't put too much pressure on this aspect of the novel.
4. The synopsis gives you the briefest of views into what's happening. The only hint that's given is the comment "her so-called best friend" when referring to Addison. It doesn't say how she met Max (and why she was in the vicinity in the first place, which is important). It doesn't say ANYTHING about her body-image issues, or anything generally close to what her life is like. All the synopsis says is that she meets a boy who asks her bff out, even though she liked him more than her, and oh-no's! what will she do?
1. With all the character issues written in the Negatives, I do want to mention how Gemma DOES stand up to her friend at the end and how she grows as a character later down the road. The Gemma in two-thirds of the book drove me insane, but the Gemma afterwards was strong.
2. Despite the annoying little misunderstanding (which, once you start reading the book you'll know what I mean), the story is cute!
3. The writing was straightforward and quickly paced. That's probably why I finished this one so quickly. It was well edited and had a good constant narrative voice. The novel is written in first person, past tense, which I loved.
4. I loved the fact that Max was Japanese-American. I mean, how fantastic is that? I've always thought of Japanese men as extremely attractive and to see one in a young adult novel was awesome! (I loved his family too!)
Basically, my biggest dislike with this novel was the protagonist and some of the other characters. How they treated her felt so melodramatic and I disliked that it took Gemma almost the whole book to stand up to them. But with that being said, I still liked the book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, light young adult read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and I was surprised when I realized how many books she’d wriFirst appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and I was surprised when I realized how many books she’d written since I’d last read Remember Me?. Thankfully, I came to my senses and now own almost all of her standalone novels (not a huge fan of the Shopaholic series). One of the reasons why I love Kinsella’s writing so much is because of her fluent use of humour and romance in stories that show female protagonists learning life lessons. But mostly, and I won’t delude myself to say that this isn’t a huge part of why I love her writing, I love the romance. Kinsella’s novels ARE Chick Lit, no matter what other fancy genre titles may be put on her stories. These are empowering stories that encourage female readers to not settle for the expected, or to not settle for less than what they deserve.
The Undomestic Goddess did not disappoint in serving as a warning to all you workaholics out there. There is a life outside of the office, life is good and relaxing living in a middle-of-nowhere town where no one knows who you are or that you barely sleep, and that there might be an extremely well-built, sexy worker waiting for you. This is what awaits you in Kinsella’s novel. So, you workaholics, ever thought what type of life you’d be living if you weren’t attached to your phone or constantly checking your emails? Then, give this one a look if you feel the need for inspiration.
Samantha Sweeting is a workaholic lawyer living in London who always gets home late, rarely has dinner with her family (unless it is a quick dinner, full of beeping cellphones and business oriented conversations), and has just made a big, big mistake. In a state of shock, she leaves her office before the crisis fully erupts and jumps on a train. To where? She doesn’t know. In fact, she’s still going over her BIG MISTAKE. When she does get off the train, she’s suddenly in a new predicament when she gets mistaken for a housekeeper interviewing for a job at a big house, when she just needed directions. Now, Samantha has to learn how to cook, clean, and do other menial housework, while keeping her identity a secret. She begins to question her life when she sees that there’s more to life than business mergers, and when she unexpectedly starts falling in love.
There were a few things that irked me by the end of this novel and that’s mainly why I’m not rating it perfectly, but other than these little occurrences, I enjoyed the story!
1. One of the issues I always tend to have with Kinsella’s characters is how oblivious and/or rude they are before their transformations. I know that they change and become better people, but Kinsella sometimes takes it a bit too far. Samantha is one of those people that I would loath to meet when I am at work at my coffee shop. Before she becomes a girl who doesn’t care too much about her “important” career, Samantha is ruthlessly rude, narrow-minded, and intimidating. There’s even a hint at the beginning that her secretary hates her. But, one other thing that I really don’t like about Kinsella’s protagonists is how naive they can be before they have their moments of clarity near the end. This is a technique that Kinsella has adopted and I can see that it is one that a) sometimes works for her and b) sometimes doesn’t. The problem with sticking to this method of writing is that the stories become predictable, so onto my next point.
2. The storyline was a bit predictable. This didn’t deter me from the story because there were still moments where I was happily surprised, but some of the choices that Samantha made and what happened to her were a bit predictable. I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone, but if you’re a fan of Kinsella you may have noted that the protagonists tend to take a huge step backwards from what they’ve learned throughout the novel near the end, right before realizing what they’ve done and righting their lives once more. Like I said in my previous point, it seems like Kinsella has stuck to this routine since it hasn’t really failed her yet.
3. One of the greater issues in the novel regarding her family isn’t really resolved. (view spoiler)[Samantha mentions a brother who had a breakdown and became a teacher several years before the events of the novel, yet Kinsella doesn’t explore this relationship further. Also, I felt deflated when Samantha’s horrible relationship with her controlling mother was left unfinished. To her credit, Kinsella did have Samantha stand up to her mother, but there wasn’t really any form of conclusion between the two. Yes, Samantha DID take control of her life back from her mother, but, at the risk of sounding cliche, couldn’t Kinsella have found a slightly better resolution between the two? This is one of the other problems I have with Kinsella’s characters sometimes, they are sometimes left as what they are instead of growing. I know Samantha’s mother was a one-dimensional character, but she was Samantha’s mother for goodness sake. (hide spoiler)] In all honestly, I was disappointed with this relationship, considering how well Kinsella has portrayed previous parent-child/child-in-law relationships.
1. Despite all of the negatives mentioned above, I am a sucker for chick lit. Kinsella’s writing is fluent and humorous, making it a quick and fun read. Unless you’re like me and look at the novel too critically. The Undomestic Goddess is no exception. I can always count on Kinsella for a good laugh.
2. Though a bit predictable, Kinsella has the gift of writing fun, feel-good stories. She creates worlds where foreign readers can feel part of the England and UK atmosphere with her witty and hilarious diction. I found myself enthralled with this small town that Samantha arrives in and the descriptions made me want to be part of that world.
3. Even if they are sometimes annoyingly naive, Kinsella’s protagonists, like Samantha, have strong voices that always mark the beginning of the story. Kinsella isn’t a writer who begins her stories with long descriptions or with an intelligent sentence. Instead, her protagonist’s voice is always the first thing the reader meets, and the personality of the character is immediate. For example, first line of The Undomestic Goddess is: “Would you consider yourself stressed?” (Kinsella). This line actually belongs to a questionnaire that Samantha is filling out and the interesting thing is that Kinsella, without having a fully developed, over-thought sentence, has already introduced the gist of Samantha. Is she stressed? Could this character be a workaholic?
Despite the issues that I found in The Undomestic Goddess, I enjoyed this novel. The problems that I did find are more a pattern in Kinsella’s writing rather than problems specific to this novel. But hey, I still love Sophie Kinsella and I can’t wait to read her future works. If you enjoy cute and fun Chick Lit with an edge (slight swearing, slight sex), then I suggest that you read Kinsella’s work. In the world of Chick Lit, Kinsella is definitely a name to keep an eye on and any fan of feisty protagonists should check out the other novels by this author!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more