Year 5, Book 35

35. Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
I am very much not into chick lit, but Marian Keyes is one of my friend Heather’s favorite authors. We read another book by her for our book club, which I didn’t much care for. However, Heather assured us that not all of Keyes books contained such stereotypical chick lit characters. I was looking for something that was available to check out last minute via Overdrive for my Nook to take on my Alaskan vacation, and this was available so I decided to give Keyes another chance.

The book still wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I will agree that it was much less chick litty than Last Chance Saloon. This book centers around a new start-up fashion magazine in Dublin. The main characters are a native Dubliner who is being promoted to this magazine, but who feels very much out of her element; the best friend of the previous character who is stay at home mom not very fulfilled in her life; and a transplant from London who was as she sees it banished by the publisher to helm this new magazine.

The themes are all still pretty much of the chick lit genre, but I found this book to be a huge step up from Last Chance Saloon in that I didn’t want to stab any of the characters because of their complete self-hatred and reliance on men. All these women seemed to be pretty self-possessing and capable of making decisions and not just sitting around getting walked all over. I give the book a 5 out of 10.

It’s not high literature by any means, but it was decent light reading for my trip. Who knows, maybe I’ll even check out some more of her books when I’m looking for something frivolous to read.

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