Unhappy Helen Bradshaw with her dreary job, emotionally-distant family,
and her more-fizzling-than-sizzling love life is already stressed out and
can barely cope when presented with her father's sudden death and her
mother's ensuing bout of depression.
Thank heavens she has a
sickly pet cat and fair-weather friends to ignore her, unstable family
members to hound her, and a parade of attractive men to distract her from
the confusion and pain of letting go of a father who was never very close
worked for me:
For a book that was billed as a light, funny read it was startlingly dark
at times, with its brief flashes of insight into the human psyche lending
it some much-needed depth.
Size-wise Helen had been a plump
bespectacled teenager, and even though she slimmed down somewhat as an
adult she was less than thrilled with her flat chest and short stocky
What didn't work for me:
most chick lit, the characters in this story (particularly the main one)
started out as painfully shallow and self-centered, and put themselves
through the most horrific of unnecessary social experiences. This
combination was hard to take even despite the certain knowledge that most
of them would eventually become better people and settle down to a more
Fans of British Chick Lit might appreciate this story of yet another
Warning: there are some coarse words
and sexual references in this story. And I wouldn't recommend giving
a copy of it to anyone who recently lost a loved one.
If you liked "Getting Over It" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
"Coffee and Kung Fu",
"Bridget Jones's Diary",
"Good in Bed",
"Last Chance Saloon", "Jemima J."
and "Having It and Eating It".
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