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Ella is carving out a career as a copywriter in a male dominated office in London. She's good, very good, but is always put down or has her ideas stolen by her male colleagues until there is a chance to take over her boss's desk and she really starts to shine. We see Ella in her fraught, alcohol fuelled working life fighting off sexual advances from her boss and other male counterparts – all which were common place in the '80's – and also see her fairly unsettled home life with new boyfriend Tom. The only happy part of her life seems to be with rock-solid friend and confidante, Adam, who is a wonderful pair of ears as well as an endless supplier of cake, pastries and ice-cream.
The characters are realistic, likeable and well developed. The book is well written and the storyline is quick paced and humorous. There is love, sadness and pathos, especially when Wally, the office caretaker, is talking sense and looking out for Ella as much as she is looking out for him.
This is the first full length novel of Joan Ellis's I have read, previously I enjoyed her short memoir The Things You Missed While You Were Away and liked her unselfish and humorous outlook on life. I Am Ella is well worth a read for lovers of chic-lit, humour and stories of life in general. I'll certainly read more by this author.
Ella is a woman living in the 80’s trying her best to advance her position as a copywriter, but she finds that it isn’t as easy as she thought. There is one person who is not so eager for her success and that is Peter Richards. Why is he so insistent on making Ella’s life miserable, because he wants to get her into bed!
This book was very good, funny and had a little bit of everything that you look for in reading a book. I loved Ella’s character, she was quirky, funny but very strong. She faced adversary head on and never let it hold her back.
I found this book difficult to connect with, it took quite a while to get into it and at around 43% it clicked for me, I don't really know why as it's a great story line based in the 80s where sexism was tolerated and morals were limited! With the main character Ella who is the copywriter for a company called CBA. I found Ella a really strong character who quite frankly was Bad-Ass when you think about how she handles situations in the male environment of CBA.
She is laughed at & belittled, her ideas are stolen, she is treated with little to no respect at all. Ella spends a huge amount of her time dodging the slime ball of a man Peter Richards her Boss the Creative Director of CBA, When they have a little to much to drink one lunch time Ela returns to the office to re do her speech/letter pretending to be Marmalade from Kitty Rescue,
Having had enough alcohol to make her be outspoken she writes Marmalades letter then leaves it on her desk, this is then faxed through to Kitty Rescue and Ella is fired! But her boss has other ideas in order for Ella to keep her job he want's to come to a " little arrangement "! Amm well that doesn't sound to good does it? But does ella agree to fulfil his sexual needs in the office? Even worse does she see them through?? Well, you just going to have to wait and find out!!
Peter was such a slime ball of a man I actually found him quite repulsive. Poor Ella!
I had two favourite characters. 'Wally & Adam' Wally was a very special character. I adored the relationship he had with Ella what a special man he was. Adam well he was just lovely and I'm so pleased with the ending of this book! Things are looking up for Ella!
Joan Ellis is an inspiring Author she writes with such sparkling wit and is incredibly funny.
Well, I don't usually read books in this genre, but, Looking for something a little fluffy, I thought I'd give it a try :)
So, I am Ella, Buy me, is easy reading. It's not one of those books where you stay up late and cancel your day to ensure you finish it, that being said I did read it in three sittings. Basically, our hero, Ella works in an advertising agency as a copywriter, she is a great character, very 3 dimensional. We get to go with her through her career highs and lows, the book is well paced and doesn't stagnate.
The other characters are exactly what you would expect in an 80s ad agency, I'm not going to lie this book, to me, would be what you would expect if you dumped Bridget Jones in an episode of Mad Men, but don't let that put you off, it's a very funny book with some really hilarious moments.
Overall a good light read, the perfect book for someone looking for the sorbet course
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