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Review: Klonopin Lunch

Klonopin Lunch by Jessica Dorfman Jones

Publisher: Crown

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By her late twenties, Jessica Dorfman Jones had dutifully achieved everything she thought she was supposed to: marriage, law degree, high-paying job, nice apartment in Greenwich Village. But she was miserable and felt like she was living a life that wasn’t hers. Desperate to change her status quo and figure out who she really was, Jessica went about the business of making a change by demolishing the life she knew. She threw her good-girl image aside and set out to unleash the very bad girl she had never before tried to be.

Embracing the deliciously debauched world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Jessica leaves behind her sweet and well-behaved husband for the ultimate bad-boy guitar player, starts her own band, and parties harder than she had ever thought possible. She starts a band, puts her job in jeopardy, and causes her friends and family no end of worry with her illicit behavior. And then, in the midst of her self-created chaos, the wildest thing of all happens. She figures out who she is, who she most definitely is not, and what might, if she’s lucky, come next.

When the publicist first offered me this book, it came with a warning – the book is rated r. I feel like I need to pass this warning on to you. That’s not to say that Klonopin Lunch was not an interesting book or anything in that nature, but it isn’t a book for everyone. Jones does not hold back in this book and she reveals all as she takes us with her to the world of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll.

The best way to describe my feelings towards this book would be to compare it to the attraction one gets when they see a car wreck. There were points where I couldn’t put the book down because I was so fascinated by her how different her life has become. She didn’t just take small steps into the world of Rock n’ Roll. She fully embraced it and dived in head first while throwing caution to the wind. I think what was most fascinating about this book is that you know that at one point everything will come to an end, but you just didn’t know what will cause her to reach that point. What will her breaking point be and what will push her over the edge and cause her to say enough is enough?

Klonopin Lunch is different from anything I’ve read before and at times I was shocked to think that this is actually a memoir and its nonfiction rather than some story conjured up out of thin air. Of course this story is similar to most stories in that it starts with a woman in her thirties bored with her life and ready to spice it up a bit. And I thought it was just going to be your typical story of discovering yourself, but I never realized how far Jones had to go into the world of Rock n’ Roll before she figured out herself and realized what she wanted. Of course, what she wanted was what she already had all along.

Klonopin Lunch was a fascinating read to say the least. It let me enter a completely different world and one that I never experienced before. I will have to say though that this isn’t a book for everyone so read this at your own risk.

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Review: The Rock Star in Seat 3A

The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman

Publisher: William Morrow

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Source: Publisher

From the cover:

It’s Hazel’s thirtieth birthday and she has everything she’s ever wanted: a kickass job, a dream apartment in New York City, and the perfect boyfriend—who’s just days away from proposing. Hazel thinks she’s happy but isn’t quite ready to settle down. So when her most far-fetched fantasy enters the realm of the possible, shouldn’t she drop everything to see it through?

The morning after her birthday, Hazel boards a flight to L.A. only to get the surprise of her life. When she’s bumped up to first class, extra legroom and free drinks are absolutely the last things on her mind when she catches sight of her seatmate: her all-time biggest celebrity crush, rock star Finn Schiller! Only the night before she’d confessed her infatuation with the gorgeous musician, and her boyfriend joked that she had a free pass if she ever met him. Hazel can’t believe fate has actually thrown them together.

Even more unbelievable is that during the flight they genuinely connect. Finn likes her uncensored cursing and wicked sense of humor, and that she’s unlike all of his groupies; Hazel likes his killer looks, ripped physique, and soulful music. But what started as a fantasy quickly becomes a real attraction, and after a dream date and taste of the rock-star life with Finn in L.A., Hazel is forced to examine the track her life is on. Indulging in a passionate affair with a rock star seems crazy—but could she ever forgive herself if she walked away from her wildest dream coming true? And is her wildest dream the stuff that happiness is made of?

The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman is a fun, fast, and short read that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you’re looking for a book to relax with and doesn’t require too much thinking then this is the one for you. It’s one of those books where you should just go with the flow and not worry too much about the coincidences and the predictability of the book.

Sure the plot is a little outrageous with Hazel dropping everything that is home to her to go on this adventure with a rock star, but Kargman presents it in a way that is fun and entertaining. The book moves at a pretty quick pace and I think it’s best if you don’t think too much into what is occurring. The writing in the book is funny and witty and despite Hazel’s lack of a filter, she ends up being quite a charming character.

The plot was definitely predictable and I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out exactly where this book is going after reading the first few chapters. But that’s ok! Just relax and enjoy the ride. Sometimes it’s all about the adventure and the journey and not so much about the destination. So even though I knew where Hazel was going to end up, I still found the little detour she took entertaining and funny.

The Rock Star in Seat 3A is the perfect book to read when you’re so busy that you just want to unwind late at night and not think about anything at all. It’s funny and entertaining and definitely light so just relax, enjoy the book, and try not to think too much into it!

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Review: Saving Ruth

Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

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Source: Publicist

From the cover:

When Ruth returns home to the South for the summer after her freshman year at college, a near tragedy pushes her to uncover family truths and take a good look at the woman she wants to become.

Growing up in Alabama, all Ruth Wasserman wanted was to be a blond Baptist cheerleader. But as a curly-haired Jew with a rampant sweet tooth and a smart mouth, this was an impossible dream. Not helping the situation was her older brother, David—a soccer star whose good looks, smarts, and popularity reigned at school and at home. College provided an escape route and Ruth took it.

Now home for the summer, she’s back lifeguarding and coaching alongside David, and although the job is the same, nothing else is. She’s a prisoner of her low self-esteem and unhealthy relationship with food, David is closed off and distant in a way he’s never been before, and their parents are struggling with the reality of an empty nest. When a near drowning happens on their watch, a storm of repercussions forces Ruth and David to confront long-ignored truths about their town, their family, and themselves.

I always love running across books about college students. I feel like there aren’t a lot of books out there written from a college student’s perspective and that’s why I was so eager to read Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman. When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a relatively light coming of age story and a perfect summer/ beach read. I was definitely a little surprised by how many different issues were tackled in this book.

Our protagonist is Ruth, who just finished her first year of college in Michigan and has returned home to Alabama for the summer. She’s suffering from an eating disorder that she won’t admit to despite the concerns of those around her. Meanwhile, her brother is also home for the summer and is dealing with his own problems as he pulls away from his former friends and family.

I thought the way she handled Ruth’s eating disorder was superb .I’m sure every girl has been there where they think they’re fat and despite other people telling them how great they look; when they look in the mirror they can only see themselves as fat. I’ve never had an eating disorder myself, so it was interesting to see the issue from Ruth’s point of view and what cause her to have an eating disorder. She portrayed it in such a realistic way that I could see how girls fall into the trap and develop an eating disorder.

While I did enjoy the book, I felt like Fishman tried to raise too many issues in such a small book. The book covered everything from eating disorders to racism to depression. On one hand I understand that she wanted the readers to see what college students and their families go through during those first few years away from home, but on the other hand I felt like the book would have been better had she focused on just a few issues. My biggest issue with the book is the way everything ended. I felt like everything was resolved too neatly and the ending came a little quick.

Despite the few issues I had, Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman was still an enjoyable and fast read. It was a good book to pass the time and an insightful book about eating disorders.

 

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Review: Prey

Prey by Michael Crichton

Publisher: Harper Perennial

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Source: Borrowed

From the cover:

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles — micro-robots — has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

I love reading mystery books and I’m shocked at myself that I haven’t read Jurassic Park or anything by Michael Crichton for that matter. To put it simply, Prey by Michael Crichton was an interesting book in a completely illogical kind of way.

To really enjoy Prey, you have to throw reason and logic out of the window. The premise behind the book is quite farfetched and unreasonable and if you try to think too hard about it and attempt to make sense of it then you probably won’t like it. I did like how some of the scientific things that were mentioned in the book rang a bell and made me think ‘hey I learned about this in microbiology’ and ‘hey that sounds familiar.’ It’s always nice to know that my dental education is going to good use!

One of the other things that I really enjoyed about this book was that the narrator, Jack, reminded me so much of my friend. I can’t even pinpoint why or what it is about the character that made me think of him, but after I finished reading this book I told my friend he had to read it because he’s in it.

Prey is one of those books that you read just to pass the time. It’s a fast read and I’ll admit that once I started it I wanted to finish it immediately, but then after I finished it, I quickly forgot it and moved on to the next book without really thinking about it.

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Review: Bond Girl

Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

Publisher: William Morrow

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Source: Publisher

Synopsis:

When other little girls were dreaming about becoming doctors or lawyers, Alex Garrett set her sights on conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And though she’s prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys’ club, or duck the occasional errant football, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head when she’s relegated to a kiddie-size folding chair with her new moniker—Girlie—inscribed in Wite-Out across the back.

No matter. She’s determined to make it in bond sales at Cromwell Pierce, one of the Street’s most esteemed brokerage firms. Keeping her eyes on the prize, the low Girlie on the totem pole will endure whatever comes her way—whether trekking to the Bronx for a $1,000 wheel of Parmesan cheese; discovering a secretary’s secret Friday night slumber/dance party in the conference room; fielding a constant barrage of “friendly” practical jokes; learning the ropes from Chick, her unpredictable, slightly scary, loyalty-demanding boss; babysitting a colleague while he consumes the contents of a vending machine on a $28,000 bet; or eluding the advances of a corporate stalker who’s also one of the firm’s biggest clients.

Ignoring her friends’ pleas to quit, Alex excels (while learning how to roll with the punches and laugh at herself) and soon advances from lowly analyst to slightly-less-lowly associate. Suddenly, she’s addressed by her real name, and the impenetrable boys’ club has transformed into forty older brothers and one possible boyfriend. Then the apocalypse hits, and Alex is forced to choose between sticking with Cromwell Pierce as it teeters on the brink of disaster or kicking off her Jimmy Choos and running for higher ground.

I was initially interested in Bond Girl because I could have very well ended up being Alex had the pieces fallen the right way. I was a business major in undergrad and while I didn’t always dream of ending up on Wall Street; I did want a job in the corporate world. Of course when then business apocalypse (as she calls it) hit us in 2008, I was still in undergrad and it was next to impossible to get a job or an internship, which is when I decided to take the route of continuing my education and going to dental school.

With that said, what’s the best way to describe Bond Girl? It was a fast paced, fun, and entertaining novel, although nowhere near groundbreaking. There was plenty of laugh out loud moments as Alex tries to become one with the team. Although this is probably best described as a chick lit novel, its not your average chick lit book. The romance takes a back seat in this novel. This book is more about Alex navigating the corporate world and figuring out if that dream she had as a little girl is all it’s cracked up to be.

The characters in this book were quite loveable minus one character, but I’ll leave that up to ya’ll to guess who it is. They definitely made the book more enjoyable to read. I love following Alex around as she tried to gain acceptance from her fellow coworkers and learning what it takes to make it to the top of the corporate ladder. It was also entertaining to see the camaraderie that formed between the characters and see them sticking up for Alex and making her feel part of the team after she passed their initial “corporate hazing”.

Overall, the book was quite enjoyable and enlightening. I have to say I’m glad I didn’t take the corporate route. I don’t think I would have survived in that kind of world. I’ll probably spill a whole river of tears if I had to live through what Alex lived through. If you’re looking for a light chick lit novel, then this may be the book for you.

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