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Book Review: A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: A Place Called Here
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Pages: 485
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Harper Collins

What happens when you have heard praises about a particular book, especially from one of your literary intellectual friends who usually reads non-fiction but still recommends a fiction to a fiction-lover like me? It definitely raises very high expectations. That is what happened with A Place Called Here, where reading the first  few pages, I was irritated with what the protagonist wanted to achieve by searching where all lost things or people for that matter are. Oh, by the way, my friend gifted this book to me along with two surprisingly beautiful bookmarks. Imagine my grin from ear to ear!

The book in itself is good, and the story is of a magical world. It picks up the tempo (yes, you got it right) after first few pages when Sandy Shortt herself gets lost. One quote that I truly loved in the book is the line said by Sandy to Jack during their conversation about a missing person – “I can only assume that there’s only one thing more frustrating than not being able to find someone, and that’s not being found. I would want someone to find me, more than anything.” In our realistic world, this points remarkably to find oneself and at least one person to help one find themselves. And that things will keep on getting lost and people will suddenly vanish from your life, with their memories slowly fading away, but it’s important to keep your sanity together and be with the ones who love you currently.

The book reminded me of a TV series I had watched once “Once upon a time”. However, probably it being a TV series and not confined to a limited number of pages, linked together why a particular town was cut off from rest of the world and how people from outside world knew nothing about that magical place. Here, in the book, the story had too many loose ends. Hoping that there is going to be a sequel to plug in the gaps.

But for the romantic (not only the love kinds, but who wishes magical world to exist), do give this book a try! I liked the book somehow, so I am probably still a romantic, good or bad, let’s leave it for you to decide!

Book blurb:
Ever wondered where lost things go?

Ever since the day her classmate vanished, Sandy Shortt has been haunted by what happens when something – or someone – disappears. Finding has become her goal.

Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother who vanished into thin air a year ago. He spots an ad for Sandy’s missing persons agency and is certain that she will answer his prayers and find his brother.

But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.

About the author:
Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern studied Journalism at university. Her first novel, PS, I Love You, became an instant international bestseller and was adapted into a major movie. Her subsequent novels have also all been bestsellers. When she’s not busy writing novels, Cecelia also writes for TV and the stage. Her books are published in 46 countries and have sold over 13 million copies. She lives in Dublin with her family.

Twitter: @Cecelia_Ahern
Website: cecelia-ahern.com

Rating: 7/10
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Book Review: Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Genre: Chick Lit, Humor
Book Name: Everyone Worth Knowing
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Pages: 370
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins

When you get hold of a book which has two novels combined and enjoy reading the first one, what will you do next? It’s the same author, so of course, one knows what to expect next. So simply, we continue reading the second story too. That’s what happened when I started reading a twin book – The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing.

A chick-lit through and through, the book has plenty of pages just to bury yourself in after a hectic day in office to unwind. The protagonist hates her banking job, resigns at the spur of the moment, takes up another job in a different vertical altogether and does a fabulous job. Oh, how we all aspire to do the same! But mostly, people just do an MBA to switch career line these days.

However, the characters in this book seem more relatable to our world as compared with The Devil Wears Prada – be it the childhood friendship growing apart with focus on their respective lives, career orientation, office politics, difficult relationships, the one-true-love (laughable) and need to be famous (acknowledged). Think of the book as a light read with not too much drama and you may not be disappointed. Haven’t we all indulged in too-much chocolatey flavor once in a while, even though you know it’s not that good for our health? This book is exactly that. Enjoy!

Book blurb:
Bette gets paid to party.

And she can hardly believe her luck. Running with celebs, gaining VIP access to Manhattan’s hottest clubs and meeting ‘everyone worth knowing’ is a million miles away from her old banking job.

When she turns up in the gossip columns with a notorious British playboy, it delights her publicity-mad new boss. But her family and her friends want to know what happened to the girl who loved bad novels, 80’s music and always had time for them.

Can Bette say goodbye to the glamour and the Gucci and step back into the real world? And where will she find her own prince charming?

About the author:
Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It was announced in 2017 that musician Elton John and Paul Rudnick will adapt The Devil Wears Prada for the stage. Weisberger’s four other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau MarmontRevenge Wears Prada and The Single’s Game, were all top-ten New York Times bestsellers. Her books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Twitter: @LWeisberger
Website: laurenweisberger.com

Read reviews of other books written by Laura on my blog – The Devil Wears Prada.

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Genre: Chick Lit, Humor
Book Name: The Devil Wears Prada
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Pages: 360
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Harper Collins

Once in a while, you can get tired of reading intellectual books. And voila, you find a book in the corner of your book shelf, totally untouched. And noticing the book title, you simply wish to wallow in a chick lit, just for the pleasure of it. And that, my dear reader, is how I started reading The Devil Wears Prada.

Although I have seen the movie adaptation years back, I somehow still remember the oh-so-typical characters Andrea Sachs and Miranda Priestly and the way Miranda used to call An-dre-aaa. Funny though while reading the book, I could hear the same tone whenever Andrea was called. Yet there were lingering moments where I felt the movie adaptation was better than the book itself.

Let’s come back to the book. It’s a women “fiction” (supposedly) since the author Lauren had worked for the highly esteemed fashion editor Anna Wintour and various articles seem to draw a parallel between both of them and the storyline. The book is like a diary entry set in the fashion world. The same old princess story which we have grown up reading, but now cast in a career world. So, we have a beautiful princess working for Cruella who hates every minute of it. But since she is so career focused, she continues to be in that hated job, since this will fast forward her career by few years. And thus, she does not seem pitiful anymore since it was her choice to focus on her career and never on the family. Also, Andrea seems to be a workaholic but does not forge interest in anything she does.

However, having said that, I really loved reading the book. The book has casual tidbits, easy dialogues, many aspirational fashion pieces one would want to own at whatever cost, and the adrenaline rush when Andrea is scared of the high demands of her boss (which by the way, happens all through the book). Oh, doesn’t this seem a part of our own corporate life! The book made me live the fashion industry vicariously and high demands of so much glitz all the time. Also, the book has a lesson in the end that one always has a choice to change anything in one’s life!

Book blurb:
High fashion, low cunning – and the boss from hell.

When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She’s never heard of the world’s most fashionable magazine, or it’s feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly.

Soon she knows way too much.

She knows it’s a sacking offense to wear less than a three-inch heel to work – but there’s always a fresh pair of Manolos in the accessories cupboard.

She knows that eight stone is fat. That you can charge anything – cars, manicures, clothese – to the Runway account, but you must never leave your desk, or let Miranda’s coffee get cold. That at 3 am, when your boyfriend’s dumping you because you’re always working and your best friend’s just been arrested, if Miranda phones with her latest unreasonable demand, you jump.

Most of all, Andrea knows that Miranda is a monster boss who makes Cruella de Vil look like a fluffy bunny. But this is her big break, and it’s all going to be worth in the end.

Isn’t it?

About the author:
Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It was announced in 2017 that musician Elton John and Paul Rudnick will adapt The Devil Wears Prada for the stage. Weisberger’s four other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau MarmontRevenge Wears Prada and The Single’s Game, were all top-ten New York Times bestsellers. Her books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Twitter: @LWeisberger
Website: laurenweisberger.com

Rating: 8/10

Read reviews of other books by Lauren Weisberger on my blog – Everyone Worth Knowing.

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