Very light, quick read, and fine for when one just needs a break from something deeper or more challenging. She does keep the story moving along at a good pace, with some fun themes, but the love interest is very formulaic. As this was her first novel, I’d be willing to have a look at her later works.
My expectations were fairly low for this book, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the moments of sincere depth and insight.
McKenzie does a good job of describing: highs and lows of addictions, procrastinations of a writer, conversations of two voices in your head, continuations of dreams, being able to take risks in personal relationships.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Chick-lit-y, but definitely still with a strong central idea. Deals with a dark subject matter but is not cliched or feels like a lecturing. The ending was a little too perfect/happily-ever-after for my tastes, but story does get wrapped up nicely.
"Bridget Jones falling into a million little pieces" my butt, but I did really enjoy it. McKenzie gave a light touch to a serious topic (though I could have done with at least a little dark humour amongst the chick lit humour). I loved that romance was NOT the central thesis of the book and how it moved the plot through the everyday minutiae. It passed my 50 page hump test (if it isn't on track for the main plot by page 50, I might put it down - but by 50, Kate was in rehab! Love that) and I soon found myself searching for small moments to get a few more pages it. By page 350, I knew (of course) where it was going but I was still wondering "how is she going to get from here to there?"
This is a book that should define the chick lit genre: light doesn't have to mean trash.
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