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Stuck in Downward Dog: A Novel [Paperback]

Chantel Simmons
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May 24 2007
Mara Brennan is about to unravel. Three days after her twenty-eighth birthday, her boyfriend dumps her, leaving her with nothing but a basement apartment, a futon and a pile of unpaid bills. On top of that, her job, working as a receptionist at a cosmetic surgery clinic is a nightmare; her boss is a tyrant; and her friends have gotten ahead of her in the game of life. Mara realizes it`s time for an identity makeover. She devises the OM List, a personal pathway to perfection inspired by her best friends, Olivia and Mitz, and her newfound love for yoga. But instead of finding the perfect job, getting the perfect body and cooking the perfect meal, Mara hilariously tries and fails at all the things she thinks will make her the sophisticated grown-up she wants to be. Navigating the dueling worlds of yoga and cosmetic surgery, gourmet dinners and Frankenberry cereal, etiquette handbooks and too-helpful loved ones, Stuck in Downward Dogis Chantel Simmons` unforgettable comic debut about how to get unstuck when you`re caught in a rut.

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About the Author

CHANTEL SIMMONS is an author, editor and consumer trends tracker. Her first novel, Stuck in Downward Dog, was a Winnipeg Free Press bestseller, a Chatelaine Best Beach Book and Book of the Month, and a Vancouver Sun Editor’s Choice. Chantel has worked at ELLE Canada, Sweetspot.ca, TV Guide, Elevate and The Toronto Sun, and has contributed to FASHION, Best Health, Reader’s Digest, MoneySense, HGTV, Foodtv.ca and WNetwork.com. She teaches magazine and website writing and editing in the Book & Magazine publishing program at Centennial College, and lives in Toronto with her husband. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian Chick Lit Dec 23 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this Canadian Chick Lit novel which I found easy to read and laugh out loud funny. This book is chock full of Toronto details which I loved, especially having been to many of the areas she describes. I did get irritated though with the explanations of things Torontonian or Canadian which were put in parenthesis. Perhaps it was because I already knew these details, but I think it brought me out of the writing whereas if it was incorporated into the prose it might not have stood out. Regardless, these dropped off at some point and it didn't ruin the book for me.

It seems I enjoy books written in the first person much more than the third person and it became even more apparent in this novel (with the exception of Jennifer Weiner who writes the third person spectacularly). This chick lit character had just the right amount of ditz, quirk and outrageous situations along the lines of Bridget Jones's Diary and The Shopaholic series and made me laugh out loud multiple times. Even though I wasn't sure about most of her friends or her sister, I loved the character's often painful transformation and was pleased that it didn't all revolve around a man - he was only the impetus for her transformation.

Great Canadian Chick Lit and I will definitely read her new novel coming out next year!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Canadian story! July 25 2008
Format:Paperback
When I first starting reading, the main character Mara seemed too wimpy and dippy for words, but then I began to realize how easy it is for each of us to let our friends and relatives dictate how we live our lives. There's a little too much Toronto mentioned (even for me, who used to live there; it's like the author is trying to show just how Canadian she can make this book!) but it didn't take very long before I was rooting for Mara to, just once, make her own decisions and start to live her own life. And she does! Not in an obvious, Hollywood ending sort of way, but in the way that ordinary people do, with small steps that accumulate into achievements that make life more satisfying. Mara's wake-up call comes when a true friend (not who you think!) tells her how self-centered she is. Grab hold of this book and don't let go until they make a movie of it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate chick lit... Jan. 10 2008
Format:Paperback
...and this book ROCKS! It's witty, cute, fun, and it doesn't leave me feeling more dumb with each turn of the page. Mara's every friend I have yet her own unique self. I'm dying for more books like this! Sequel?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally intelligent, relateable chick lit Nov. 21 2007
Format:Paperback
I've read a lot of 'chick lit' and this is the first book that I could actually relate to. The main character isn't a complete ditz, she's not making a fool of herself running after a man, and she isn't doing completely bizarre things (ie, rummaging through someone's trash while inside their home). I highly recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read. Sept. 17 2007
Format:Paperback
Our book club chose this book for our first book of the year. We cited it as a very pleasant read; a light coming-of-age novel. We think it would be quite suitable as a play. It has good character development and humor. Ms. Simmons captured what it is to be twenty something, female and living life in Toronto.
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