Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl – Tracy Quan

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A Girl.

A job.

The Sizzling sex life of a Manhattan Call Girl.

Nancy Chan is not your average Call Girl. Although being one of the best in the business is something she has worked hard to do she has a dilemma. Throw in a persistent fiancé   hell bent on setting a date, his oh so perfect sister getting a little too close for comfort and an irrational best friend who threatens  to reveal all with her antics is it any wonder Nancy finds comfort in her faithful Johns? 

I found this novel to be funny as well as thought provoking which seems odd when the protagonist is a hooker. Many would class this novel is trashy Chick Lit which I suppose it is but on my holiday this was fun and a little refreshing to be honest. I didn’t have to think too much, I hardly had to work out the characters. Hell the only thing I got confused about is which man was which but it wasn’t that important.  The great thing about this novel is that it doesn’t constantly talk about sex, orgies and being a hooker Quan makes sure that you see the women as real women. The characters could easily represent the kind of women you could also recognise in your own life, they have feelings, flaws and passions outside hooking.  It is possible that this is because this was Quan’s life she herself was a hooker and although many would argue you shouldn’t look for autobiography in writing I think this is wrong. Quan herself opens up and you can see elements of her own life within the novel however there are some points which I believe to be unbelievable either in character or in Quan’s own life.  There were some things which I found very out of the ordinary such as the characters sexual knowledge from a very young age, her first hooking job at 14 and running away to London at 15 they were pretty unbelievable. In all honesty after reading the novel there are a lot of holes in the plot  such as her reliance on her shrink, her ability to hide her job from all of her friends and family  and the stupidity of some of her friends especially Alison.

I’m looking forward to reading the sequel although if you don’t want to know any secrets from this novel DO NOT look up the next! The problem however is that there isn’t much to discuss because it is a Chic Lit novel !

I’ll give this novel 3 stars ***

It’s been fun to read but it’s nothing serious. Good for the beach or an in between read! 

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Hello my lovely readers! 

 

I am back from sunny Cyprus to a fairly sunny UK! It was nice to relax and I managed to read FIVE books in a week! Lots of reviews for you remember that they are published on a SUNDAY unless I am doing other things. I’m hoping to be working very hard on my novel over the summer before I hopefully start University in September (as well as being the birthday girl!). 

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The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The roaring twenties. 

The young, rich and successful….

and a man named Gatsby.

You cannot fail to notice that The Great Gatsby has been in the news recently for its apparently stunning film starring the beautiful Leonardo Dicaprio. I desperately wanted to see the film but had no one to go with so I thought the book may tide me over for a while. As it turns out the novel will not be tiding me over at all, I was incredibly shocked to find that the novel could not hold my attention.

Without a proper introduction we are thrown into the life of our narrator and are quickly caught up in the roaring ’20s. We are introduced to all the major characters at a reasonable pace however the novel itself is just so distracting. Fitzgerald is known for his intricate details and many people have commented that it puts then in his novels, I found it really distracting though and felt that I couldn’t get a grip of what was going on. At other times however there was an incredible amount of detail on seemingly insignificant things. I grew frustrated with the novel many times and often felt the need to put it down.

I felt that throughout the novel I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. It felt as if at the beginning of the novel Fitzgerald was poking fun at the upper classes but as the novel wore on it just felt as if the behavior was to be expected. I found the character of Daisy really irritating, at one point she cries over the ‘beauty’ of shirts. Shirts. Not only that she just seems to be so impressionable and just a silly woman, I couldn’t warm to her at all. I had no patience for the narrator or even for Gatsby himself. For a short novel character development (if there is any) takes an incredibly long time to get the story going. Well apart from in my opinion it doesn’t really go anywhere. 

I will only give this one star as I really couldn’t get into it at all 😦 

 

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Close My Eyes – Sophie McKenzie

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Your daughter has been dead for seven years, 

a stranger claims she’s alive. 

As you dare to believe them things start not quite adding up. 

Addicted yet? You should be. I almost put this book back when choosing between three books in my local Tesco on an impulse buy. Although I read this after The Light Between Oceans, I am so glad I bought it! 

Meet Gen Loxley, on the outside a woman who could not wish for anything more in life. A loving husband, financial stability and a writing career of her own. Behind closed doors however Gen has a deep hole in her heart in the form of her stillborn daughter, Beth. Gen has never really recovered and is currently ‘existing’ rather than living.  When a stranger arrives at her door and tells her that Beth was born alive she is shocked to her very core. I must use this first point in the review to applaud Ms McKenzie the character of Gen is so real. McKenzie has not hidden behind the stereotypical grief stricken mother, she has made Gen someone you could actually know. We know that she has suffered the loss of a child which many of us could never imagine, however after this gradually in the 7 years after Beth’s death she lives. Although Gen’s pain radiates through the novel, her anguish at all the failed IVF attempts since she does not appear to mope, although she has never truly bounced back to how she was before. The best thing is that as a reader you question the accusations with Gen, you create your own arguments. I became absorbed in this novel reading it in just over 24 hours and it was constantly on my mind. You know to some extent, just as Gen does, that the whole thing is completely crazy but I think that it is a true testament to Ms McKenzie’s talent that you don’t really think of and hole you could pick in it until well after you have finished reading. 

I will admit that later in the book I grew impatient. After a key point to the plot I was hungry for more, meaning I skimmed around two chapters before finding something I could sink my teeth into again. I don’t believe this is a fault of Ms McKenzie, instead I find that it is me who insufferably impatient with a good plot. That said without the whole content of the two chapters I could still follow the plot almost perfectly. I was also pleasantly surprised that you are allowed to have your own opinions of the characters. One too many times I have been confronted with authors who try and sway your view a little too much  but Close My Eyes lets you see all angles. Is Gen crazy? Is Art involved or just a caring husband? Endless questions that kept me hooked. 

As for the ending McKenzie has managed to produce one of those rare moments where a reader will actually gasp. I was glad I was alone when reading as I did gasp out loud and I believe I actually said ‘no!’ and as for the very end? I had shivers down my spine and utter disbelief the only thing crossing my mind? This woman is a total genius for coming up with the plot. There are other parts of this novel I could rave about but I would give it away for you! 

I give this 5 stars ***** (something I don’t normally do), this novel is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone. Ok so the plot may seem a bit far fetched when you read the blurb but trust me and try it because you become so absorbed that anything could be possible. 

Published by Simon and Schuster. 

 

Review by Chloe Metzger