Sunday, February 14, 2010
Meet Holly Denham. It's her first day as a receptionist at a London investment bank and inexperienced Holly is struggling. Take a peek at her email and you'll see why: Holly's inbox is a daily source of drama.
Holly Denham, the lead of this epistolary novel (and yes, the name of the author), is an overwhelmed receptionist at a major British bank. The reader's access to Holly's frantic life is via her e-mail inbox-the entirety of the novel, in fact, is e-mail messages sent by, among others, her gay best friend (a chick lit necessity), her brassy co-workers (another requirement), her meddling mother (check, again) and, of course, her would-be paramour (ditto). The plot runs along very traditional lines, and in the end overreaches for a happy ending, but this overlong novel's saving graces are its fast pacing and very funny writing. Some of the best exchanges are between Holly and her grandmother, who sends e-mails that just read "TESTING" and signs her up for annoyingly spammy Web services. Despite the limitations inherent in an e-epistolary novel, the book is populated by vibrant, endearing characters, and Denham manages to juggle a dozen story lines at once. The ending's contrived, but feel-good, which, in these gloomy times, might be enough to do the trick.
The entire story is told through the email of the main characters. I found it very easy to read and was often running late, because I just wanted (needed) to read one more email to find out what happened. It’s an addictive format. This is a standard chic-lit book. It is a cute updated Bridget Jones type of book. I think it could have easily been written by Meg Cabot or Sophia Kinsella, whom I adore. I LOVE their chic-lit. The book is funny and somewhat predictable. You will laugh and want it to continue. I was disappointed when it came to an end and I could no longer see what Holly was up to. The grandma in the book is hilarious.
Posted by Seaside Book Nook at 1:19 PM