Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sushi For Beginners

Marian Keyes always write good books with good plots with interesting and loveable characters. It revolves around the lives of three different women in Dublin. There's Ashling Kennedy, nicknamed "Little Miss Fix It" by Jack Devine. She is very practical and is always ready to help colleagues from simple stuffs as bandages to hairsprays. Lisa Edwards, Ashling's bitter boss who felt she was demoted after being transferred to Dublin to launch a brand new magazine from her previous glitzy London editor job. And there's Clodagh Kelly, a beautiful working woman married to a handsome, successful man with two equally beautiful babies but can't seem to be satisfied with her husband and seems to be having the urge to kiss a frog!

Sushi for Beginners is a wonderful chicklit about the search for happiness and the continuous search for it. Unlike Keyes previous novels, this one does not tackle alcoholism, drug abuse or violence because this is more of a family roots examination and its impact to the working women's lives. As usual, Marian Keyes delivers a funny, poignant tale that might be predictable at times but a satisfying read at the very end.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Truth About Forever

Often, our lives are mapped out way ahead with all the plans and dreams we have intricately written. Then something comes between it that we are force to rethink our plans. Macy Queen was supposed to spend all of her summer working at the library while her boyfriend is away in some Brain Camp. On her free time, she will study for her SATs or thinking about the recent death of her father, which she personally witnessed. She might look so composed and everything with all the stuffs that happening in her life but deep inside, she is actually drowning.

All of this have changed though when she met the Delia who runs a catering service named Wish Catering after her late sister who died of cancer. She runs the business with her nephews Bert and Wes with Kristy and Monica. They are everything that Macy isn't. They live for the moment, fun albeit chaotic most time and endearing. Macy ditched her summer job in the library and is soon spending all her time with the Wish crew. Plus the romance between Macy and artistic Wes is interesting. Go ahead and find out why when you read Sarah Dessen's enjoyable book.