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Good-bye To All That: A Novel Paperback – Jul 13 2010
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Praise for Margo Candela’s More Than This
About the Author
Margo Candela has made a name for herself with her debut novel, Underneath It All, followed by Life Over Easy. Margo was born and raised in East LA and studied journalism in San Francisco. She lives in Culver City, California. Visit her at www.margocandela.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Not since Elle Woods, from Legally Blonde, have I wanted to become a character more than that of Raquel Azorian. The way to tell a true heroine is watching (reading) them fall on hard times and then picking themselves back up and working their way to the top... whatever that may be, becoming the person that they always believed they could be.
The writing style used by Margo Candela was very well done and makes you feel like she's been there, done that. I loved the smaller breaks in the chapters, the titles of each break/chapter that let you know what was coming up, it really made you want to keep reading; a real page-turner. The imagery in Good-bye To All That was not over-looked. I could visualize the 'uniforms' that each of the execs was wearing... and also how they dreaded getting ready in the morning. Can you say booooooring?!?!? Skirts, jewel-toned blouses, round-toes shoes, and panty hose... yes, PANTY HOSE (do they even sell those still), all-day every-day. YUCK! The cattiness around the office was also bang-on! I loved it!
As Raquel's life, both personal and professional, falls apart, you start to feel like enough-is-enough. How can so much bad stuff happen to one person in such a short period of time? But, as she begins to work it all out, you see that it's true, 'when it rains, it pours'. How interesting would it be if she had to deal with one thing and then another instead of dealing with it all at once?
Good-bye To All That not only impressed me but also inspired me. Being a working woman in a man's-world is hard and making yourself noticed for more than boobs and butts in even harder! Well done, Margo, showing that it can be done through your words, was great!Read more ›
After a bit of a slow start, I found myself starting to enjoy the supporting characters more than Raquel and am having a hard time putting my finger on just exactly why. Somehow parts of her personality didn't quite mesh for me and I thought she leaned towards being one dimensional. Candela's descriptive office politics were interesting, yet I found I wasn't able to relate to them, never having worked anywhere like it before.
Unfortunately this single girl tale fell flat for me and wish the focus had been more on her family than on her workplace. I loved the relationship with her mother, and having her come stay with Raquel was an unusual twist instead of the usual single girl going to live back at home.
I can see the appeal of Margo Candela's writing in Good-Bye to All That. It was easy to read, and I enjoyed the portrayal of her characters, especially the supporting cast. I would definitely read another of her novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
On the cusp of a huge (and well-deserved) promotion from her job at Belmore Corporation as a marketing executive assistant, Raquel is forced to fight for her job after her boss suffers a very public mental breakdown.
Never one to skip a beat, Raquel focuses her attention towards pulling herself out of the corporate catastrophe that could threaten her three years of hard work. At the same time, Raquel's overbearing (and insanely funny) mother, Marlene, moves in with her to reflect on her marital problems. Raquel suddenly finds herself in the midst of a work crisis, her parent's failing marriage, and her brother problems with his demanding wife.
In what can only be described as painfully hilarious, Raquel struggles to maintain her sanity as her job, her social life (or lack thereof), and her family's issues all come crashing down on her head. Other characters not mentioned above include Raquel's crazy sister-in-law, Cricket, the southern-belle turned housewife, Frappa Ivanhoe, Raquel's best friend and agent to the stars (namely anorexic sisters, Cat and Cara), and Kyle Martin, the suave and gorgeous new vice president of Belmore who seems interested in Raquel.
Overall, I would suggest Good-bye To All That to anyone looking for a quick, yet entertaining, and well-written book. If you've ever worked in an office before, you will crack up laughing at Candela's honesty and knack for recreating the trials and tribulations of office life!
The book is about Raquel getting her life together, but nothing goes the way she plans. She's searching for love, career fulfillment and happiness. The ending is not your typical "Hollywood ending" but more of a mix between a happily ever after and real life. I liked that---Margo Candela has the gumption to give us a realistic story with a realistic ending. This was my first time reading Margo Candela, and I was so impressed with Goodbye to All That, I'll definitely be back.
Just One Gripe:
I have a hard time keeping characters straight when I don't have good physical descriptions to go on.
The Best Thing About This Book:
Raquel has chutzpah and I love that.
When her Hollywood career goes haywire, a young woman must say good-bye to all that . . . or must she?
Raquel Azorian has worked her way from temp to executive assistant and is this close to a promotion to junior marketing exec at Belmore Corporation, the media behemoth she's devoted herself to. She's learned to play the Hollywood game--navigate office politics, schmooze the right people, avoid the wrong ones, and maintain a sense of decorum even in the craziest of times. All she needs is for her boss to sign her promotion memo. Instead of putting pen to paper, he suffers a very public meltdown that puts not only his professional future but also Raquel's on the line.
Getting to the next rung on the Belmore ladder will require every ounce of focus, but that's not going to be easy. Raquel's mom has decided to leave her husband and move into Raquel's apartment, and her older brother seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into depression. Raquel has to keep her job, stop her parents from divorcing, and save her brother. In the chaos of juggling so much, she finally reaches a breaking point: there's just not enough time for everything or for everyone. She's going to have to choose--success at work or happiness at home. But then a chance encounter at a bookstore café leads Raquel to start planning her own Hollywood ending . . . on her own terms.
I highly enjoy books that are set in LA, and Good-Bye To All That is a fun read filled with cute and quirky characters. Raquel is a smart and determined heroine, who has learned how to play the Hollywood game to get her deserved promotion. She was almost overshadowed by her mother Marlene, who moves in with her while threatening to divorce Raquel's father, and her sister-in-law Cricket (seriously!) and her barrage of issues. Those characters and a few others bring the funny, but Candela's writing also shows how a strong female can take control of her life. I recommend!