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Allie is a perky 22-year old virgin with a hopeless crush. Emma is a free-spirited fashion editor's assistant who parties with a vengeance. Jodine is a responsible law student who makes efficiency an art form. The question is: can this odd trio can live together in a Toronto apartment without driving one another crazy? The answer is probably not, but what they can do is build friendships none of them ever anticipated. Mlynowski, following last year's Milkrun, delivers another fun piece of fluff about post-college 20-somethings trying to figure it all out as they struggle with fledgling careers, the opposite sex and financial woes. Considerable woes, in fact. Somehow, the new roommates must devise a plan to replace their kitchen, which has burned to a crisp. Each character takes her turn telling the story in alternating chapters, and the reader never mistakes one voice for another. When Allie is asked if she could be pregnant after a bout of nausea, she thinks, "Maybe it is morning sickness and I'm carrying Jesus II." Jodine considers her roommates "a munchkin and a truck driver." While making a list of past sexual partners, Emma asks her roomies, "Can I have another piece of paper?" A fourth narrator, in omniscient third-person, is not always as funny as intended, but reminds the reader of important plot points ("Do you remember the effect alcohol has on her when she gets drunk? She's like a librarian in a porno movie.") Mlynowski delivers a solid if formulaic roommate caper.
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*Starred Review* Mlynowski's second novel is a pleasant departure from the typical tale about young women searching for meaning and love in the big city. Roommates Allie, Jodine, and Emma are about as different as three people can be. Allie is enthusiastic but immature; Jodine is cold and closed-off; Emma is a stylish good-time girl. Despite the fact that they get on each other's nerves, they get along well enough, even after Jodine wakes up one night to discover that their kitchen is on fire. With no insurance, the girls are forced to come up with creative ways to raise money, including throwing big parties at a local bar and offering a seminar for men hoping to meet girls. Meanwhile, each roommate has her own man troubles: Allie pines for her friend, Clint, while the cute repairman flirts with her; Jodine is bored by her loyal boyfriend; and Emma has fallen for a sexy guy she meets at one of their parties, only to discover that she's smitten with Clint. Mlynowski wisely focuses the most on the girls' relationships with each other, creating fully dimensional characters and a terrific story. Kristine Huntley
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Amidst the many chick lit protagonists with established careers in fashion/law/TV/editing, it was nice to find heroines fresh out of university (or still a student) in the first... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2008 by C. Cheung
I loved reading from 3 different aspects - Allie, Emma and Jodine. Some of their unspoken thoughts were so funny / sarcastic, etc... Read morePublished on March 19 2004
This book was actually one of the better chick lit books I read over the summer. I like how these three different girls came together, but other than that, I didn't find much of a... Read morePublished on March 17 2004
I already reviewed this book, but I forgot to mention one other thing that made it implausible. There is no way Jodine - a CANADIAN law student studying CANADIAN law would get a... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004
Fishbowl is a great book. It made me laugh out loud at various scenes and proved no matter how different people may seem they can still become friends. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Janelle
I felt that I could completely relate to this story even thought I've never had a roommate before. You can definitely see characteristics of your girlfriends in each of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Simply Retta
Fishbowl is such a good book! It's funny because it's so real to life. If you've ever had roomates you will understand what I mean. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004
I liked this one very much, I think its great "chick lit". The characters don't all start out as ones you would like but they all go though their own journeys. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by Heather O. Barber