Friday, March 22, 2013

Guest Book Review: Moving up on Manolos

By Michelle Drodge

Jane Allen is probably one of the luckiest girls in the world – she’s best friends with Alex Canty, an A list superstar who is fondly called ‘sex on legs’ by Jane’s roommate. After a tumultuous relationship ended leaving her despondent and full of self doubt, she’s invited by Alex to visit him in Malibu, but just can’t seem to get the courage to go – that is until her roommate decided to intervene and give her a makeover, complete with four-inch Manolos that gives her the confidence she needs.

The book continues with Jane giving in and heading to Malibu, where she is greeted by Michael Canty – Alex’s cousin and famed horror writer. While the banter between them is seemingly that of two very different people who don’t care for one another, it is easy to read through the lines and know that they are attracted to each other, but when Alex needs to ditch his tag-along lady friend, he spreads a rumour about himself and Jane that makes Michael second guess his feelings.

I really did enjoy this book, even though it was very predictable and a bit outrageous to think that someone can just pick up and leave home, fly to LA, audition and get a prestigious role and fall in love all at the same time. Although I do wish for myself that all it took were a pair of Manolos to land my dream job!

The most prevalent issue in this book, however, is the extensive amount of typos and misuse of words. The one that stood out most to me, was when Velma Kelly became Velmer Kelly in reference to Chicago. I picked it up right away and wasn’t impressed that this typo slid through the cracks, considering the importance of Chicago in this book.

When I closed the book, I have to admit I was sad it was finished. Sometimes a feel good story is all you need when you’ve had a hard day at work or the kids are being bad. I definitely look forward to reading more from Nina Whyle and hope that one day there’s a sequel to Moving Up on Manolos.

Thanks to Nina Whyle for the the book in exchange for an honest review. Moving Up on Manolos is 99 cents for Kindle.

Michelle Drodge is 27 and lives in a small town north of Toronto in Canada with her husband and three year-old daughter. She works at a pharmaceutical distribution company during the day, but moonlights as an aspiring writer after her daughter goes to sleep. One day she hopes to see her own book on the shelf alongside her favourite Chick Lit authors!

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