Top critical review
15 March 2017
I bought this based on the opening chapter which looked very funny and original, but I really should have looked a little further.
I thought the book would whey more heavily in terms of plot on the revenges but actually this book is seems to trying to style itself more as a romantic comedy. The main character Suzie, a recently dumped journalist who writes an advice column of for women, but decides as the result of an acrimonious split to write a revenge column instead. However, unbeknownst to her, but immediately obvious to me a colleague is interested in her and so there wasn't any romantic intrigue as a result. The story follows the writer as she goes about futhering her career as she panders to people's worst and most basic instinct to strike out when hurt. Meanwhile her colleague is getting colder and colder feet regarding his upcoming wedding. I wonder why ? Could he have latent feelings for someone else, and who could that be ? Really ?
This book is full of mentions for American rom com movies, such as When Harry Met Sally, but there was no way Suzie would ever be confused with the role Meg Ryan played and ultimately I just felt sorry for Emily and thought that she could do a lot better than Drew. I didn't feel any empathy for revenge writer and couldn't actually believe her secret admirer, well secret to her, want anything to do with her after he last revenge.
I paid more than I normally do because I was looking for a witty rom com, I didn't find it. I can see a lot people enjoyed this judging by other peoples reviews so maybe it was that just wasn't my taste. As the stars say, it was okay.