By day, Ellie Levine is a middle-level designer’s assistant on Seventh
Avenue. By night, Ellie is a single mother living with her Grandfather in
Queens, still neighbors with the people she’s known her whole life.
Independent in her vintage fashion and career determination, Ellie is
stylish, educated, and witty. She is also resigned to staying in Richmond
Hill, since she can’t afford to move her family to the city, and really,
deep down, home is where all her childhood friends and neighbors are.
Themes of motherhood, fatherhood, truth and honesty, friendship and
romantic love, and a whopping dose of city chic add up to a second-chance
romance, difficult relationship choices, and a surprising career path.
an edgy and sarcastic voice, Ellie is sincere and shows integrity of
character—although it doesn’t spare her from getting caught in a web of
well-intended deception with her two best friends. Karen Templeton
writes about single motherhood, a young woman’s creative ambitions, and
romantic confusion while balancing the everyday ordinary reality of Queens
with the fantastic flash of New York City. Ellie’s life drastically
and change certainly isn’t always easy.
worked for me:
Ellie’s voice and her relationship with her daughter are endearing, as
is her satisfying tendency to fight back when pushed. Compassionate and
normal, she is the perfect heroine to root for as she faces the issues
of both the big city and the close-knit community.
What didn't work for me:
My only real beef with this book
is that Red Dress Ink opted for a stick-insect cartoon heroine on the
cover, when Ellie describes herself
on the first page, in the first paragraph, as “short, pudgy,” not able to
fit into a size 8 by a long shot and short enough to eschew flats forever.
As she puts it, “without heels, I look like I’m standing in a hole.”
Red Dress Ink has published another great addition to the Chick Lit
Warning: Readers should be aware that this is not a cotton candy coated
romance. Characters deal with hard issues from dealing with affairs and
unwanted pregnancy to sexual molestation between five-year-olds. The
situations are not clean cut and the characters face difficult decisions,
which add to quality and reality of this novel, but may not meet all Chick
If you liked "Hanging by a Thread" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
"Coffee and Kung Fu",
"What a Girl Wants",
"Getting Over It",
"Bridget Jones's Diary",
"Good in Bed",
"Last Chance Saloon", "Jemima J."
and "Having It and Eating It".
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