Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review -- Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe by Jenny Hollowell

Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe
by Jenny Hollowell
Henry Holt, 2010
256 pages
* I received a review copy from Jason at Henry Holt. Thanks Jason!

Summary: The story of Birdie Baker, a woman who leaves her old life behind to become an actress in Hollywood. As Birdie struggles for her big break, she meets Lewis and they begin a relationship.

Review: This novel is a character piece that details the inner most thoughts of a woman who is very unhappy. Birdie has a lot of guilt regarding leaving her husband and parents behind as she chases her dreams of stardom. But after seven years, she has turned to booze and one night stands to lessen the pain of rejection. I loved Jenny Hollowell's writing style, it was very fluid and kept me engaged with the characters and curious to know what would happen next. I also found some parts of the novel very heavy and many times it was hard to understand Birdie's thoughts and actions. Rating: ***1/2 out of 5

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