Couch World (Red Dress Ink Novels) Paperback – 4 Jan 2005
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Told from the points of view of all three women, who are all at different stages of their lives, Couch World keeps the reader interested. The world of DJ'ing is a different culture than most of us live, and it is truly fascinating. Despite their flaws, the characters are lively, real, and heartwarming, as they each learn the lessons they need to learn...sometimes from the most unlikely teachers...each other.
Great book, Cathy! Keep 'em coming!
THIS BOOK IS WEIRD. The whole premise of a woman sleeping on a different couch every night was strange. I also wasn't crazy about the subject matter (spinning music).
Although the story was well written, I have to admit that after finishing this book, I realized that I did not like any of the characters.
The author was good about joining Samantha, PJ and Leslie together - when at first glance it appears they have nothing in common. However, none of these characters were remotely likeable.
PJ who is kind of the main character is not particularly fun and she really gets on your nerves after a while - she relies on absolutely EVERYONE else to do everything for her. Not a pleasant characteristic in a main heroine.
I did not hate this book, I just found it very weird and not that much fun to read.
Not a single main character in this story is particularly likeable: all of them came off as spineless and/or self-centered, using each other for their own personal gains. There's PJ, the quirky club DJ who spends the night on a different couch every evening but says she isn't homeless because she has "touchstones", a laptop and a cell phone (buh...?). Samantha is the gorgeous young model/college student with strict parents, who wants to make it big. Leslie is the burgeoning writer who wants a family of her own, but she's trapped in a dead-end job and has a commitment-phobic boyfriend. Sticky is the burly bouncer with the heart of gold, and Jonathan is the music producer everyone wants a piece of. All the families in this story are basically unsupportive, falling into that "why can't you straighten out your life already" mold when it comes to dealing with the main characters, and the mothers are shrewish.
The main gripe I have with this book is PJ's "big secret" and the circumstances surrounding how it is revealed. It's very mysterious and the build-up to it is climactic, and as a reader you do wonder what horrible thing it could possibly be. What I couldn't fathom is why, once the secret literally shows up in the papers, everyone deserts PJ completely, not bothering to find out if the story is even true. Without giving anything away here, I didn't think her secret was that big of a deal. The way the other characters acted, however, one would have thought she was an escaped Nazi war criminal. It seems that any real friend would have rallied in support of PJ, and the mass-abandonment was beyond puzzling to me.
By the end of the book, I could have cared less about what happened to any of the characters but I stuck it out anyway. It ends about the way you'd imagine, more or less with a happy ending for each character, but predictable and disappointing. I should've spent my money on the airline headphones and watched 'Ice Age 2' instead.
Through the model Samantha, P.J. meets DJ-Dizzy who offers to help her get a demo and show it off to the right people in the industry. However, Samantha becomes upset because she wants DJ-Dizzy as her own and does not want some homeless wanderer to get in her way. P.J. also has a second problem as she crashed on the couch of Leslie, a reporter, who wants to do a story on the "urban Bedouin"; to do so Leslie needs to look into the past of the punter. If certain things surface P.J. knows her musical dreams will crash.
This is an interesting look at a subculture that will fascinate readers as the likable P.J. makes the rounds of couches. P.J. is a delightful center to the study as her lifestyle and love of music makes the story line hum. Readers who appreciate a wonderful character study starring and odd but affable lead protagonist will take pleasure in this joy ride around the Bay area club lifestyle.
Otherwise a decent book in the genre.