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Suzanne Davis Gets a Life

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  52 reviews
"Incredibly charming…Suzanne Davis Gets a Life has an emotional honesty and moments of real wisdom."—Philadelphia Inquirer

Suzanne Davis lounges around her tiny New York City apartment in her pajamas, writing press releases for the International Association of Air-Conditioning Engineers, listening to the ticking of her biological clock, and wondering where life is taking he
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Paul Dry Books
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Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
In spite of my being an early thirtysomething, female NYC-dweller, pretty much the target demographic for these books, I’m not at all what one would call a “chick lit” person. I have absolutely no interest in the Bridget Jones’s Diaries of the literary world or any of those other books you’ll find with jackets splashily showing cartoonishly thin renderings of trendy cosmopolitan young women clutching oversize designer purses and tiny dogs on leashes. No, thanks. So I was a little skeptical when ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who knows, maybe it had something to do with what was going on in my life when I read it, and maybe it doesn't deserve the superlative rating. I don't care. I just plain loved it. It was funny and relatable.
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light, snarky social commentary with some romance
Shelves: fiction
I read this light, sharp book in one reading.

I couldn't help comparing it to both Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones' Diary for obvious reasons. Its pitch is much closer to that of Pride and Prejudice, with plenty of social satire that simultaneously invokes Austen and keeps the book modern. Its heroine is much more self-sufficient and much less ditsy than Bridget Jones. But it's also much shorter than both Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones; I was disappointed to see so much wrapped up s
Angela Amman
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Suzanne Davis is infuriating — she rationalizes why she can’t do charity work, complains about her studio apartment on West 76th Street and is so wrapped up in her own ideas about how life should look that she misses a few big things on her journey. In other words, she’s exactly the type of person most of us are — sometimes, at least — a little self-absorbed but trying really hard to wrangle our expectations back to manageable.

Suzanne Davis Gets a Life by Paula Marantz Cohen begins with the afor
Kaitlin Marie-Brown Salter
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I'm not a huge fan of modern chick-lit but this book was fantastic!! For some reason my copy had pages missing, but I won it for free so I can look past that
Melissa Ebersole
I truly enjoyed the wittiness of the writing and the descriptive tendencies of the author, despite the repetitious nature and continuous use of certain phrases and descriptions, but I have a feeling the author did it intentionally and with a purpose that undoubtedly was meant to portray certain aspects of the main character, Suzanne, so I was willing to overlook it in terms of its annoyingness factor. This book was very easy to read, I felt myself become quite invested in whether or not Suzanne ...more
Suzanne is single, working at a boring job and living in a tiny apartment in NYC. She kvetches big time, but eventually is able to adjust to her world with grace and humor. Funny observations, and good life lesson!
P Bright
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Ms. Cohen's work. This was a truly touching look at how a thirty something takes charge of her life and realizes her dreams in totally unexpected ways.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction, humor, mortality
This book took a turn in the middle I totally didn't expect and is all the better for it.
Story Circle Book Reviews
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Paula Marantz Cohen's plucky heroine in Suzanne Davis Gets a Life is a 34-year-old single woman living in a "shoe-box" sized apartment in Manhattan and writing press releases for I-ACE, the International Association of Air Conditioning Engineers. With a far-from-glamorous job, a ticking biological clock and not even a Mr. Right-Enough in sight, Suzanne has decided enough is enough. "Let's face it; I want more," she tells us straight. "I'm not asking for a Jane Austen novel, but I want love or at ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this much at the beginning and almost put it down but I'm glad I kept with it. Suzanne Davis, the narrator, becomes more and more likable as the story goes on and she encounters certain challenges in her life. While this may be characterized as "chick lit" (a genre that I enjoy) the story was unique and offered some valuable lessons.
Connie Fischer
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Suzanne is a 31...OK…34-year-old single woman living in a tiny apartment in New York City. Her job is as a technical writer for an air-conditioning company. With her biological clock ticking away, she has yet to find the perfect man. As she works mostly from home, her every day life is pretty predictable. However, she is determined to step up her search for a husband and decides to start by spending time on the apartment’s playground observing the mothers as they interact with their children on ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Suzanne Davis Gets a Life is how one unhappy woman decides to do some changes in her life. She has a rather boring job, even though she has the luxury of working from home. She has issues with dating and a mother who is a very annoying woman, albeit helpful when Suzanne is diagnosed with cancer. We learn a lot about the characters that live in her Upper West side apartment. We go along with Suzanne for the ride of the hell that cancer can be, through chemo treatments, losing her hair, wig shoppi ...more
Amy Vey
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
As soon as I started reading, I started giggling at some of the author's references about life, relationships, and men. The book was an easy read from start to finish. I definitely enjoyed the fast minded, talking and thinking on the author's part. I was glad to know someone could babble on like me sometimes. I also related to the love/hate relationship with her Mother. Ultimately, no matter what the circumstances or relationship, they are still your Mother. I laughed hysterically at the debacle ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's really 3.75 stars: “Suzanne Davis Gets a Life” pretty much sums up what happens in this delightful novel. It’s Chick-lit at it’s finest, with a little twist. You have your self-deprecating protagonist (Suzanne), the bossy Mom, the outspoken BFF, and a pushy neighbor. Suzanne finds herself to be 35, single, with a job she can do at home in her PJ’s. Which she does…a lot…never leaving her NYC apartment. In a “Bridget Jones” sort of way, she decides she’s going to make serious changes to get h ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK, so this may not have been the perfect book, but it gets 5 stars from me: 1) because if I could write a chick lit book, this is exactly the kind of book I would write; and 2) the author's name is the same as mine, so maybe this is the kind of chick lit book I could write someday. Suzanne Davis is not very likeable in my book -- her personality is not one towards which I would naturally gravitate -- but she is a real and genuine heroine. So many of these books are all about meeting Mr. Right, ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A great summer read. I read it in the hospital. Funny and smart-alecky enough to keep my attention away from worrying about David. There's a Jane Austen theme woven through the book, as I guess there is for all of this author's books, given their titles. This is the first I've read. Because of that theme, it's clear from the start where the book is going. Somebody wants to get married. That someone is clueless about her own best interests. The setting is Manhattan, actually one particular apartm ...more
Amy Broome
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not entirely sure what the fascination is lately with Jane Austen is lately in the novels I've been picking up. My last one - According to Jane - was just a dreary mess. Boo hoo, Mr. Darcy doesn't exist.

This one picks up on the same sentiment, but at a tolerable level. Book Club allows it to be woven into the story line, rather than a all-consuming fixation. I did enjoy that the protagonist grows and learns to be more accepting - accepting of her surroundings, people near her, her mother and
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This is definitely a fun summer book to read. It deals with some of life's serious topics in a humorous way. The main character is a theory something New Yorker. She looks at life and her relationships with men and her mother with sarcastic humor. As she decides to try a new approach to meeting men she experiences some life changing thoughts. Then life throws her a curve ball and she goes through some attitude adjustments. Her relationship with her mother and her neighbors grow. She reevaluates ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Suzanne hits 34 years old she decides that she has to come up with a new plan to meet Mr. Right. She starts by joining the book club in her apartment building and getting to know her neighbors. She discovers that life has a way of throwing curve balls when you least expect it and sometimes you get what you ask for and sometimes you don't. I liked this book and Paula Marantz Cohen has a writing style I like.
Burma Turner
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Won this book from Goodreads first-reads. Thank you!
I found this book a little hard to get into, but after a few chapters, I found myself wanting to find out what happened.
Suzanne is 34 years old, worried about her biological clock and finding 'Mr Right'. She has a medical crisis, which puts a lot of things into perspective. This is a quick, light read that I enjoyed. Would be a great book to take to the beach.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun, witty read and quite different from the usual chic-lit. The characters all seemed real, not fake and overly pretty and gorgeous, which paired well with the dynamic life story of our heroine. Lots of laughs were packed in and I'm glad the author didn't squeeze the juice out of the book by trying to lengthen the book to a ridiculously inappropriate number of pages for stories of this type.

Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Suzanne Davis is me in a lot of ways, which is why I laughed and nodded throughout this book, much to the confusion of my family members. This book was funny and a good, light read, one that made me think about how we pull ourselves out of our own life's ruts, and how it takes the help of others to do so. Which maybe means that it's not such a light read after all.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
It took some time for me to get through this tale of Suzanne Davis. At first, I didn't care much for her but she does grow on you after a time. The bits of humor got me through and led me to finish her story. I did find myself skipping whole passages of the story which is never a good sign. I have to say, in addition, I would never last in that bookclub!
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's not your ordinary silly chick lit. Suzanne Davis Gets a Life is a smart, thoroughly enjoyable read that is ideal for a summer weekend take along. I plan on reading more from the author.
Lori Ben-ezra
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd classify the story as chick lit plus. It was definitely easy to read with a fairly predictable plot, but I liked the characters and the messages were good. Great book to read on vacation.
Sue Marie
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Suzanne Davis does indeed get a life despite living in an apartment the size of a shoebox, having a dead-end job, and being in her mid-30s and unmarried. She's neurotic, and self-centered, and not that likeable. But I like how the book is written, which increases its appeal.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I won this in a goodreads giveaway! And it started like stereotypical chick lit, but got more edgy and fun, although I could totally see the end coming from the beginning. And I'm a little insulted by the implication that all it takes to get a boyfriend is to leave your apartment.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book..I really did. I started out liking the narrator Suzanne but was quickly bored after a few chapters. She had her witty moments that made me smile, but for the most part she is just irritating. This book was just ok.
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for trips! I read it fairly quickly. At first, Suzanne seems very critical of those around her and I wasn't sure if I appreciated that in her character. But throughout the novel, she grows and comes to appreciate the world around her.
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Paula Marantz Cohen, Distinguished Professor of English, received her BA in English and French from Yale University and her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. She is the author of seven books and numerous essays on literature, film, and culture.

Her most recent academic book, Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth (Oxford UP), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Book for 2003. H