Reinventing Olivia Paperback – Sep 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved the book's main characters--and especially how Olivia is smart and witty and likeable, but also educated and uses multisyllabic words!--not overwhelmingly, but that they didn't get edited out. THANK YOU--to the author and her editors--for not dumbing this down and for challenging the envelope. But in case others mistake me, I hate reading stuffy, pedantic books, and this one is not one of them. Thanks for writing a book where the heroine is educated and not afraid to show it, but doing that balance so well, so she's still an accessible type of gal.
I hope the publishers put out a softcover trade version of this book so everyone can enjoy it.
His desertion enforces Karen's belief that loved ones leave as her dad left when she was a child, her mom died, and now Rich. She leaves the house she lived in with Rich to move into the apartment of a gay person she recently met through a mutual friend. Karen also finds herself attracted to "Mr. Matchbox" who she met in her bon voyage stop at a bar just before Rich dropped his bombshell. Hunter, as he is called, desires Karen too, but she knows loved ones leave so fears the forging of a real relationship.
Though reinvention seems out of place with President Bush in the White House instead of Mr. Gore, readers will enjoy this chick lit tale. Karen's self-deprecations can become irritating yet the audience will feel she is one of us sisters. The support cast is a delightful crew from Juan who looks forward to sharing tales about beastly males to her best friend to Hunter the hunk. Nancy Robards Thompson provides an amusing contemporary story that the sub-genre will appreciate because of its That's Life philosophy of "I'm gonna change that tune when I'm back on top ..."
The only problem is that the price is too high for this kind of book. To merit the $30 the publisher wants, it needs to be twice as long and/or have photographs, embossed cover, or engravings or something.