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She, Myself & I Paperback – Sep 27 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The Cassel sisters find solace in one another as they stumble through divorce, child-rearing and existential crises in Gaskell's third novel. Each outspoken sister narrates her own trials in this pleasant, lighthearted read. In typical eldest-child fashion, controlling divorce attorney Paige keeps a tight rein on her emotions as she comes to terms with her gay ex-husband and shies away from an over-eager boyfriend. Social, emotional Sophie gives birth to her first child and then struggles with post-partum depression, a shaky marriage and a crush on her pediatrician. Their baby sister, restless Mickey, flexes her newfound adult independence by giving up medical school in favor of a culinary career, falling hard for a married chef in the process. Connecting the tales are the three sisters' easy camaraderie and their bemused horror when their divorced parents reunite. The Cassel sisters' problems are never very menacing-they attract bland men and succeed professionally with ease-and it's difficult to sympathize with their dithering; Paige's realization that she doesn't know what she wants applies to all three. Fortunately, none linger in indecision in this slight novel, and Gaskell moves each sister along to a frothy but ultimately satisfying conclusion.
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Reviewers called Gaskell's Pushing 30 (2003) and True Love (and Other Lies) (2004) breezy. Her new humorous romance full of family issues and entanglements is breezy, too. Its genuine, straightforward heroine, divorce attorney Paige Cassel, provides the feeling of solid, or at least not squishy, ground for her family, set off-kilter when her husband belatedly mentions the small detail of his gay sexual orientation and quickly becomes an ex. Paige's divorced parents, who survived a tumultuous split, have required grounding, too, but are now getting ever-so-cozy again--too cozy for Paige and her younger sisters' comfort. Moreover, Zack, the hunky contractor working for Paige's very pregnant, hormonally raging sister Sophie, who has precipitously decided on a kitchen makeover as childbirth looms, is threatening sisterly bonds. If a mite improbable, Paige's simultaneous travails are movie-ishly entertaining. Whitney Scott
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The second novella is from Sophie's point of view. Sophie, who was pregnant during Paige's story, has just had a baby, Ben. Sophie hates her husband, Aidan, for not helping out enough with Ben, and she hates him even more when she gets a load of his favorite websites. And her son's pediatrician is looking awfully good.
The third novella is from Mickey's point of view. Mickey is the youngest sister and still trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, career-wise. She got into Brown Medical School, but she's not so sure she wants to go there. Culinary school is looking good to her. And then there's that married...or is he separated? chef at the restaurant where she works. But she can't tell her family she doesn't want to go to med school.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It moved at fast pace, and Whitney Gaskell did a good job of developing full characters that the reader can care about. The girls felt real, and each one had a sharp, quirky voice. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about sisters, their love lives and career dilemmas.
If you enjoyed her previous books, or love chick lit, you'll enjoy reading this book too.
While Sophie struggles with raging hormones, the carpenter she hired Zack is interested in dating Paige, who changes her mind about her male taboo. Complicating their relationship is that Sophie insists he is her carpenter, her parents, who angrily divorced years ago, are making morning coffee together, and Mickey seems destined for a broken heart.
SHE, MYSELF, & I is an intriguing character study that concentrates predominately on the oldest sister, but also provides strong looks at the younger siblings. Paige and Mickey are fine protagonists, but the zany pregnant Sophie steals the show with her decision making and declarations that drive everyone crazy. Whitney Gaskell writes a lighthearted romp that showcases sisterly love and support amidst all types of tribulations.