I could’ve sworn this was a chick lit book. If it was a movie, I’d say ¾ is chick flick then the last ¼ is romantic comedy. So, does that make this book a romance novel? Sure, why not.
Summary: Average Jo-ette Megan, a Yale graduate from rural New Hampshire, gets fired from her job and has nowhere to live for a couple months thanks to a fire in her NYC apartment building. With no money, nowhere to live, two awful outfits and frizzy hair, the prospects are slim for this aspiring journalist. Then the fairy godmother (aka a friend of her ex-boss) comes along who makes an offer she can’t refuse: tutor a couple of filthy rich girls for two months, get them accepted to Duke, and all your dreams will come true. Add in a makeover, an expose, a romance, and drama, drama, drama (teenagers are so dramatic), and you have the recipe for a great summer read.
I give this twist on a modern Cinderella story a thumbs up. The plot is highly unlikely to happen in real life (which the main character points out several times), but if you just go along with the story and accept it for what it is, it’s a fun read. Personally, I had trouble putting it down. The writing style is light, fun, and really carries you from one chapter to the next. I wouldn’t call it a humorous book per se, but there are enough make-you-smile quips and embarrassing situations to keep you entertained.
The Three Rs:
Rating: PG13 for mild f-bombs, and a little bump and grind. Very little bump and grind, more reference than description. Will titillate a teenager, but didn’t raise my blood pressure.
Recommendation: A light, feel-good read, good for public spaces. Think poolside. It’ll distract you from the screaming kids and cannonballs, but it is easy to put down at a moment’s notice so you can stare at the lifeguard’s fanny. Or remove the popsicle stick from up Jr’s nose.
Re-Read: Nah, pass this one on to your buddy, she’ll appreciate it.