Okay okay, taking a breather from all the heavy drama from Jodi Picoult’s novels, I decided to grab a chick lit (Urban Dictionary: literature for the chicks or modern female). Chick lits are light easy read, usually on a subject of romance, very similar to a chick flick (Urban Dictionary: movies for the chicks or modern female). When you are down and you need a light read to cheer you up or to relax you, chic lits are the best way to go. It is like a romance comedy in paper. It has a lot of funny parts similar to a movie, you can’t help but laugh like a crazy person while reading the book.
For me, the Queen of Chick Lits are no other than Sophie Kinsella of the Confession of the Shopaholic series. Though I am not a fan of that series, I have read almost all her other books and I love her to bits. I guess there is something about British authors and funny romance novels that just works. Look at Helen Fielding of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Alexander Potter. Reading a Sophie Kinsella is like watching a cute funny rom-com (romantic comedy). She always deliver slap-knee hilarious scenes, happy endings and a feel-good feeling after reading her novels.
One of the latest books I’ve grabbed from her collection is The Undomestic Goddess:
Samantha Sweeting is a workaholic attorney who made a huge mistake in her job which ruined her chances for partnership. She fled out of embarrassment from the city and boarded a train. She finds herself in a big mansion and was mistaken to be the new housekeeper. Samantha Sweeting, who was never good at household chores or wasn’t even acquainted to a vacuum or doesn’t know how to cook any dish, was forced to continue her charade as the new housekeeper to avoid the embarrassment and mistake she has made in her law firm. She later on gradually started, to love her “new” job and as well, found a ” new” love in her life.
Samantha Sweeting is not the typical Sophie Kinsella heroines. Most of the the heroines in Sophie Kinsella’s novels are awkward, cute and insecure. Samantha Sweeting wasn’t as lovable as the other heroines. She is kinda boring, stiff, aggressive and too obsessive-compulsive. Her rich couple-employers were more colorful characters and more entertaining than her. There were funny parts like the usual Sophie Kinsella novels but not as funny as the other novels. The love story between the Samantha and her leading man didn’t really make me swoon enough. I was surprised with the ending. It makes you wonder what will really happen after. But it was still entertaining enough for me to finish the book and still delivers that feel-good feeling in the end. May not be the nest of Sophie Kinsella’s but still worth reading.
POINTS OF DISCUSSION:
1. Would you give up your high profile job to a job that is less stressful & with flexible hours? Would you feel guilty if you quit your job you have worked so hard for eversince to a job that you think would make you more happy that you in your current job?
2. Do you think it matters what your partner’s job? Is it fair to compared your job to his?
3. If you made a huge mistake in your job, what would you instinctively do first?