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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, enjoyable read, 2 Mar 2012
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I really enjoyed 'Unsuitable Men', Pippa Wright's second novel, which centres around Rory, who has just broken up with her supposedly reliable and safe long-term boyfriend, and finds herself single for the first time in eleven years. Her eccentric colleague at the magazine at which she works suggests dating a series of unsuitable men to find out what she really wants from a relationship, and writing a column about it. Rory is initially reluctant, but with the encouragement of her Aunt Lydia and her elderly house-guests, finally embarks upon the mission.

This novel was a genuinely heartwarming read, and I found Rory to be a very sympathetic and realistic heroine, from her experiences with her series of unsuitable dates to her realisation that her relationship with Martin had stopped her from really engaging with life at the office, and as a result she has neither improved her career prospects nor related to any of her 'posh' colleagues as people. I also enjoyed the characterisation of the unsuitable men, who range in age from 18 to 68 and are unsuitable in all variety of ways. When I started this novel, I assumed that Rory would go on a larger number of dates, but I'm glad that she didn't, because it allowed Wright to flesh out the male characters and make them into more than a series of one-note jokes. Almost all the men have some redeeming features, and it was interesting to see how Rory negotiated the dates. Although I found her eventual romance fairly predictable, the development of her relationship with this man was also well-written. I did feel that Rory had learnt more about herself and changed as a character through the course of the novel - something that chick lit writers often promise, but rarely deliver.

If I had a criticism of this book, it would be that it was a little slow to get started - as the premise is so clearly signposted through the title and blurb, I felt I was waiting for Rory to start dating and that Wright took a little longer over the set-up than might have been necessary. However, this is only a minor point. I haven't read Wright's first novel 'Lizzy Harrison Loses Control', but I'll definitely be on the look-out for it now, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys non-stereotypical and interesting characterisation in their chick lit.
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2012 18:03:40 GMT
elkiedee says:
I really enjoyed her first one which I got sent to read and evaluate for the Melissa Nathan Comedy romance awards.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 19:36:06 GMT
Laura T says:
I've also read her first novel now, and I really liked it too!
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