I do like a book with a pink cover, it must be said. Joe Meno's Office Girl is a cute read that you can finish in a couple of days, and it follows the meeting of Odile and Jack, both disillusioned art school graduates (or not quite, in Odile's case), when they both end up working night shifts at an office that sells muzac to companies. Odile is reeling from an affair with a married man and Jack has just become a 26-year-old divorcee.
Odile has a notebook full of ideas such as 'dress up as a ghost on a public bus' and Jack has an apartment full of boxes of tapes of things he's recorded, such as the sound of snow or a balloon floating away. Together they start a quiet art revolution and tentatively fall in love. It's illustrated with photographs and little doodles reflecting the story.
I was torn between giving it three and four stars because I did quite like it, but at the same time felt it didn't match up to the things it reminded me of, such as Amelie, or Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (which also has a pink cover - read it!), and I didn't feel quite inspired by their art revolution - none of the ideas filled me with the same joy or wonder as, say, Amelie and the gnome she posts around the world. But it is nicely written and both Jack and Odile are interestingly observed, if perhaps a little too self-consciously quirky. I think if you like stories of aimless twenty-somethings who ride bicycles, then you'd like it.