I don’t think I’ve used the term “chick lit” in any of my reviews before because I don’t like the term. As a male who reads a lot – from westerns to romance to fantasy to non-fiction, identifying something specific to a gender like this isn’t a good idea. But I’m going to use the term here. This is chick-lit.
Chloe Carlyle has had a tough up-bringing, with an alcoholic mother who made family life rough. So Chloe wants to have the perfect family life, to a point where she’s a bit pre-occupied with the idea. The idea is reinforced when she takes a job after college, working for a wealthy American family and she gets involved with their eldest son, Tyler, the star quarterback for the Notre Dame. The end of their relationship is hard on Chloe, but she moves on, entering law school, but she still can’t get over Tyler. She still tries to steer her life to making the perfect life but slowly discovers that some things are beyond her control.
I didn’t understand Chloe’s obsession with having the perfect life. I understand that there are people like this, but it wasn’t something I could identify with. It really was an obsession, which put our primary character out of touch with reality for me.
While I was disappointed with many of the things that happened to Chloe later in the book (I’m trying not to give away any spoilers here), I did think, on a couple of occasions, ‘She’s being kind of a bitch here’ which probably makes me a real jerk, though – again – it still didn’t mean she deserved some of the things that happened to her.
This was very clearly not a book for me. I couldn’t identify with the characters, I didn’t understand the obsession, and I was mostly just annoyed at everything that happened. I think I finally found the type of book that I don’t enjoy reading.
Looking for a good book? Finding Bliss by Dina Silver features an obsessive woman trying to make the perfect life for herself against all odds. Fans of overly-didactic romances may enjoy this – I did not.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Dina Silver
publisher: Lake Union Publishing
paperback, 268 pages