- Reading, books 2017: 74
Both of these novels were read as part of my chicklit summer challenge in which I promised my friends I'd try reading "proper" chicklit. They claim Jenny Colgan doesn't count because I read her science fiction first and that I should read a Jill Mansell for calibration, and a Sophie Kinsella for lolz, and I was supposed to read a Milly Johnson too but goodreads informs me she's an online wanker so I'm excused. Both these novels are also "beach reads" literally set at beaches because.
63. The Unpredictable Consequences of Love, by Jill Mansell, 2014, novel. I changed my mind about this book half way through. My initial reaction was that this is "for Femail readers although there's internal evidence it would like to believe it's aimed higher at Torygraphers. Unpleasant characters in a fictional world that runs according to unpleasant people's social expectations. The prose and construction are shoddy too, as if it's written by an experienced author who doesn't believe her paying readers deserve anything better." However, by the end I was enjoying all the secondary and tertiary characters and plots, but still couldn't stand the romantic leads. She's self-absorbed and he's creepy. I note that this isn't merely my immunity to romance, because I enjoyed reading about the secondary and tertiary couples. (2/5)
( Two unpleasant characters. )
65. Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella, 2013, novel. I didn't actually laugh at Wedding Night until a quarter of the way through but then I loled several times in quick succession and kept laughing until the end. However, reading this novel mostly reminded me that while I'm happy reading middlebrow women's fiction the lowbrow stuff does tend to make my eyes roll back in my head from tedium even when it's as comparatively well done as this is. I was truly sitting there laughing and simultaneously thinking that I'd be getting more out of reading highbrow poetry, lol. I DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS THOUGH, OBV. (Q1) Why didn't the woman with the mild peanut allergy, who realised her beach massage had contained peanut oil, immediately stop trying to have painful sex and dip herself in the sea? (Q2) If your 7 year old son had gathered up all the room key cards people had left foolishly laying around in the bar of a four star hotel where you were staying for one night only, would you rly scatter 20 key cards randomly around the room instead of merely handing them to the bar staff? Because I'd be more embarrassed to do the former than the latter! (3.5/5 farce, which probably suited me because I wasn't required to identify with any of the characters)