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Stuck in Downward Dog

Stuck in Downward Dog [Kindle Edition]

Chantel Simmons

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Mara Brennan is about to unravel. Three days after her twenty-eighth birthday, her boyfriend dumps her, leaving her with nothing but a basement apartment, a futon and a pile of unpaid bills. On top of that, her job, working as a receptionist at a cosmetic surgery clinic is a nightmare; her boss is a tyrant; and her friends have gotten ahead of her in the game of life. Mara realizes it's time for an identity makeover. She devises the OM List, a personal pathway to perfection inspired by her best friends, Olivia and Mitz, and her newfound love for yoga. But instead of finding the perfect job, getting the perfect body and cooking the perfect meal, Mara hilariously tries and fails at all the things she thinks will make her the sophisticated grown-up she wants to be. Navigating the dueling worlds of yoga and cosmetic surgery, gourmet dinners and Frankenberry cereal, etiquette handbooks and too-helpful loved ones, Stuck in Downward Dog is Chantel Simmons' unforgettable comic debut about how to get unstuck when you're caught in a rut.

A Chatelaine Best Beach Book and Book of the Month

A Winnipeg Free Press bestseller

A Vancouver Sun Editor’s Choice

“The National Post called author Chantel Simmons one to watch, and with warmth, humour and heart, her debut novel doesn’t disappoint.” —Chatelaine

“Refreshingly good as having Sunday brunch with a girlfriend.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Hilarious and touching.” —The Literary Word

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: CS Books (19 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570J12G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #617,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, quick read 4 Aug 2008
By Texas Rose - Published on
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I initially bought this book just because of the title - been there/done that kind of thing - but I found that it is a wonderful read and I have added this author to my list of favorites. This is a great "girls" book. The character is young and floundering, so those in the 20-30 range will relate, and those in the older range will remember! It is full of funny situations, funny lines, and just good tight writing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzz ... nothing here of interest 2 Sep 2013
By vox libris - Published on
Did I read the same book as the rest of you people?
I wasn't sure whether to post this review or not, because I do respect writers and am aware that it is tremendously challenging to write a novel.

But sometimes, kids, books just aren't that good.

Mara just got dumped by her boyfriend, has a job she hates, friends she doesn't particularly seem to enjoy all that much, and a life that is in a deep, deep rut. Thank goodness for yoga, which is the only positive thing she has going on.

And there you have it: the sum total of this novel.

Sure, there is some social commentary about plastic surgery and cosmetics. And social climbing. And societal notions about what women should be doing with their lives. But as far as a real story is concerned? I couldn't find one. It's more of a stringing together of events than anything else.

Oh, and romance? There is NONE. Not even the hint of one. The ex-boyfriend? Mara doesn't seem too bummed that he's out of the picture. In fact, her lack of reaction beyond the surface leads us to believe that she never cared all that much for him in the first place.

Her so-called friends are horrific. One gets married and fails to ask Mara to be a part of the festivities, and the other is shallow and critical. Between them and the boyfriend, you wonder if Mara is a poor judge of character. Or, worse, if she draws all this negativity toward her.

The only reason I finished this thing was because I was convinced it would get better.

I was wrong.

Thanks (I guess) to NetGalley for the preview.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Changing for those around you? 12 May 2014
By mrivett - Published on
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The moral of this book is predictable in that in the end, you need to love yourself before you can love anyone else, friends included.

It took a long time for the protagonist to figure that out though. She was too worried about being like her "perfect" best friends to just be herself. And in the process of figuring that out, there are many missteps that as a reader make you feel embarrassed for her.

An alright read, it wasn't something that couldn't be put down though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find 13 Feb 2014
By Melissa - Published on
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Loved this book! I bought it randomly and really enjoyed it. Humorous and light. A good book to make me feel like I can do anything.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 20 Aug 2011
By Penny Lane - Published on
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This was a really fun book to read. Great characters and you could really feel for them as well as get a good feel for them as you read.
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