May 29, 2007 Family Trust by Amanda Brown
The cover of this book boasted that it was by the same author as Legally Blonde. Now, I never read that book, but it's one of my favorite movies, so I was eagerly anticipating the funny, witty and empowering story I was sure was inside.

Yeah, not so much.

None of the characters are that compelling, but I slogged through, hoping it was going to get better. The male main character was horrifically weak and spineless. I wished I could slap him on more than one occasion. I didn't get the attraction between the two main characters, making the ending seem forced and contrived.

So, yeah, totally DON'T recommend this book and I was supremely disappointed.

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May 19, 2007 Pink Slip Party by Cara Lockwood
A cute little romance with some job angst on the side. The ends of chapters are punctuated with responses to far-fetched job inquiries taken seriously, which worked a lot better in the Shopaholic books. Cara Lockwood is obviously a fan since one of the law firms featured in the book is Kinsella and Wood. I liked the romance, which worked without being shoved down my throat. The cast of characters and their revenge plans were pretty strange. I laughed out loud a few times and even took a few extra minutes to come back from lunch to finish a chapter, so it wasn't all bad. Not a top 10 chick lit book, but a good read nonetheless.

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May 11, 2007 My Favourite Goodbye by Sheila O'Flanagan
When this book arrived in the mail from Brazil, I was a bit overwhelmed at the length. I never thought the book would keep me interested for almost 600 pages. I figured I'd give it a go, but I'd be passing it on to the next reader before I got halfway through.

I guess I really need to stop judging books before I dive in because I absolutely loved this book. The romance was understated and while Ash's obvious mental issues grated on me a bit, I really liked watching her gradual journey to a truer self. There were real issues in this book that was tackled. It wasn't the run-of-the-mill chick lit and I really identified with that. You knew that she somehow had to end up with the guy, but you didn't really know until the very end whether it would really happen.

I also really enjoyed the evolution of the relationship between the cousins. Their eventual reconciliation reminded me of a quotation from another book I loved (from my adolescence), Glass Slippers Give You Blisters [paraphrased]: "Sometimes bones don't heal right when they are broken. Then you have to break it again for it to heal properly."

The incredibly omniscient narrator that switched 3rd-person points of view within the same page was a little off-putting at first, but it worked well as the book progressed. By the time I was about 200 pages into it, I was hooked and I couldn't put it down. I'll have to check for other titles by this author.

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May 02, 2007 Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
My soul sister, Sharon, sent me this book for my 24th birthday. I promptly put it on the shelf to read "someday." Now that I've finished it, I wish there had been a note on it, much like Elizabeth's mum's notes, telling me to "READ THIS!!! OVER HERE!!!"

This book was a delightful read that made me nostalgic for the early days of high school. You didn't have to worry about college or test scores, but you started like like boys and could actually go places on dates with them. The entire book is told in a series of letters, either from real people or imaginary "associations" that help exposit some of Elizabeth's thoughts and feelings that she doesn't share with her family or friends.

The letters between Elizabeth and her stranger-turned-best-friend Christina reminded me so much of the notebooks that my friends and I used to write in while in high school. We would trade the spiral bound notebooks back and forth between classes, writing notes about our lives instead of taking notes about our schoolwork. It was a little time capusle of our lives right in the moment. We talked about the boys we liked, our parents that we didn't like, who was gossiping about who and all the usual teenage things. But we also talked about our hopes and dreams for the future, even though we had no idea where we'd end up or how we'd get there.

I loved this little trip back to high school. It brought back a lot of memories of how your friends change and you change, but you can't see it because you're you. And I realized that perhaps I wasn't the only one in the world who had had a crush on a guy and had my crush fall in love with my best friend. I know it was over ten years ago - but it still made me feel better.

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