Author: Marian Keyes
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Summary: This was a mix of good and bad that just can’t compete with many, better books in this genre.
“Stella Sweeney is back in Dublin. After living the dream in New York for a year – touring her self-help book, appearing on talk shows all over the USA and living it up in her 10-room duplex on the Upper West Side – she’s back to normality with a bang. And she’s got writer’s block. Stella wants a clean break as she didn’t exactly leave New York on a high. Why is she back in Ireland so soon? Who is it who keeps calling? Stella wants to get back to being the woman she used to be. But can she? And should she?” (source)
There were parts of this book I really liked and parts I didn’t like it all. Stella herself was a big part of this dichotomy. I loved her sense of humor and she often exhibited a strength and resilience that I admired. She cared deeply for her children, but also for her career. She was very brave about striking out on her own if a relationship wasn’t working for her. On the other hand, her love for her children didn’t stop her terrible parenting from driving me batty. She let her children disrespect her and sometimes even boss her around. And her independence in her relationships was often caused by her own insecurities. This bothered me because she was constantly imagining problems in her relationships and instead of talking them out, she just ran away.
The plot was a mix of good and bad for me as well. Stella did cause a lot of her own problems through her unfounded fears, while most of the good things that happened fell into her lap by luck. The ending was very abrupt as a result. The book did keep me interested in finding out exactly what happened though, thanks to a dual storyline, past and present. In theory, I like the idea of a ‘chick-flick’, lighter kind of book with the strong focus on career found here. In reality, the main character’s entrance into the high-powered publishing world and her worries about money just stressed me out. Not what I’m looking for when I pick up a light read! I had fun reading parts of this, but the main character’s actions were often an enigma to me and the ending was disappointing. Overall, I don’t think I can recommend it given the many better fun, light reads that are out there.
Does it bother you when female characters are insecure in a relationship? Or when characters could solve their problems if they’d only talk about them?