Chick lit

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

I am just getting out (or rather pushing myself out of) a reading slump. I have been flitting from book to book without actually reading one whole book. This has been compounded by me having a massive cold and sleeping for hours at a stretch in the middle of the day. To those people who have never had a cold in the head, you do not understand the loss of balance when it comes to your daily routine. I therefore pushed myself to complete three (yes three!) books today, each of which I had read a sizable chunk previously and shelved a long time ago.

All three of them were advance copies, each of the books have since been published and my advance reviewer’s copy is now just another reviewer’s copy. My last review The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell was also book related, so I had to follow it up with this one.

This is the story of Frankie and the slump she is facing in her life. She was a published author till bad reviews have shut her into a writer’s block. The personal front is not very rosy either. I started this book with high hopes but unfortunately for me, I was unable to connect to anyone in the story. None of the people’s decisions or actions made any sense in the given context. I really liked the concept, the books, the connections and even the repetitive prejudices (which I am sure all people who read voraciously nurture in secret or quite openly) , preconceived notions of the kind of people who read a certain set of books. I understood the leading lady and her best friend as book lovers but everything else they said or did seemed a little sudden. It did take me a couple of tries to finish it. That said, I think it was more of a personal reaction, I may not be the right audience for the frivolous attitudes the people take in the beginning towards relationships. It gets better towards the end, therefore my three stars. My favourite part was the blog she maintains, more of that and less of the daily story and a smaller book on the whole would have tipped my rating into the higher category.

I recommend it for those people who love spotting a reference to their well-loved books in a romantic book, where all does end well in some form or the other.

I am glad I got a chance to review this book thanks to the publishers and NetGalley, and this is my unbiased review. 


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