Friday, February 26, 2016

Not Working by Lisa Owens

A special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so maybe it is because I'm a Gen-Xer, or maybe it is because this book was pitched as being in the same vein as Bridget Jones's Diary and I Don't Know How She Does It, but I found it incredibly manic and I didn't enjoy it.

Our narrator, Claire Flannery, is in her late 20s and lives with her boyfriend in London.  She quits her job in the hopes that she will discover what she wants to do with/in her life.  There really wasn't much of a story here, and the small choppy sub-titled sections didn't do the narrative any favours - this staccato rhythm was distracting and didn't help me engage with the characters.  Claire comes off as selfish, shallow, and spoiled.  She is unlikable, and to be frank, rather dull.  There were some funny bits, but all-in-all, there was really nothing there character-wise and plot-wise. 

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