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Alcoholic whiner with double standards - what's likeable about Juliet?
on 1 October 2012
I was looking forward to reading the book, after the description on the back. But the content is just a copy-paste of Mills & Boons chick lit with the sex and alcohol added. This girl, Juliet, who is very boring otherwise, and a complete hypocrit (after going through all the pain of being cheated on, she then goes to bed with a married man), drinks all the time, with every possible excuse, and don't tell me that it's because of her heartbreak over infidelity and separation. You don't HAVE to become an alcoholic because of sorrow, it's the oldest and tritest cliché in the world (books, songs, operas, what have you). Plus, everyone around her gets routinely drunk too, even if they don't have such problems. They do have other problems, who doesn't? So the solution to problems is not, for instance, taking up yoga and meditation, joining a bellydance class to release endorfins, doing voluntary work for homeless people or orphan children etc.. No sir! The problem solver is alcohol! They feel terrible afterwards, make coffees, take aspirins, then after a few hours start drinking all over again. What a nice example the author is giving to her readers, young women mainly!!!
It reminded me a lot of Claire LaZebnik's "Knitting Under the Influence" which had exactly the same problem: in both books sex, alcohol, relationship issues etc... are spiced up by some trendy craft, knitting in that case, retro sewing in this case. Exploiting the current big fashion for these things. I don't like it when an author seems to have thought, for his/her first book: "Hhmmmm.... let's think, what is the fashion now, what the readers will like?" and then goes on to write. Writing is supposed to be about expressing things you have inside, which are clamoring to get out, not about following a template with the goal of getting a best-seller! I got really angry with this book and I certainly wouldn't want to pass it on to my daughter. I'm throwing it away in the garbage, where it belongs. At least, the Mills & Boons of my generation were silly and sexist, but they had some restraint.