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It's Hard Not to Hate You by Valerie Frankel
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Jul 22, 2011

did not like it
Read on July 22, 2011

I received this book as part of a goodreads giveaway and feel compelled to review it since I didn't pay for it. Unfortunately, I don't recommend this book.

There are moments of goodness to be found: stories with lessons, the underdog sticking it to the arch enemy, or overcoming personal and professional challenges. But between them are random sidetracked and long-winded thoughts, an unhealthy dose of jealousy and insecurity, raunchy (not funny) interjections and a complete lack of direction. The book is filled with so many "it's hard being a writer and everyone hates what I write" chapters that almost make me feel bad for writing a negative review.

As a graphic designer, I can't ignore the cover. It has nothing to do with the book. Why is the girl in a prom/bridesmaids (or just formal, for that matter) dress? Neither of these were themes in the book. And the red background? Very Carrie (though the book is not).

When I got to the end (and breathed a sigh of relief), I read that parts of the book started off as magazine articles. That explained the lack of cohesion along with some serious editorial blunders. I'm confused about the errors I found. This book is not ready for print.

St. Martin's Press - get it together.

p. 123 p3: "dollar twenty thousand worth" - ???

p. 132 p3: "social" should be "socially"

p. 140 p1: "psyche" should be "psych"

p. 154 point 6: add parenthesis after "word"

p. 190 p4: clearly an editorial slip - who is Gigi? I think you mean George...followed by "son" instead of "daughter" (though this does sound like a passive aggressive "slip" by the author)

p.214 p1: "worst" should be "worse"

p. 219: no period after "money" in quote

p. 221: capitalize the "o" in "opportunity"

p. 227: first sentence: "feeling" should be "feelings"

I don't want to be distracted by errors. I'd imagine there are plenty more to be found if someone wants to actually go looking for them.

Seriously, skip this book.
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