... and never buy anything from this author again.
I suppose I should say I did get what I paid for considering this was a .99 Kindle special, but I was sorely disappointed. The whole tone of this book is monotone. On the rare occasion it veers off and shows emotion, it sinks into depression. The main character doesn't need to change her lifestyle, she needs a therapist to figure out why she feels compelled to please a toxic,overbearing boyfriend. She needs to find out why she misses the friendship of a woman who it turns out dated the same guy, AND takes him back after he bounces from bed to bed on a weekly basis simply because she, too, is afraid to be alone. Puh-leez! These women don't just need hobbies, they need counseling! The only normal, "real" character in this story is Loren. I was rooting for him to find a new girlfriend when he got a new job!
On a positive note, I did make it all the way through to the end. However, it took FOREVER to get there. I think this author needs an editor. There's way too much irrelevant minutia in here that makes the story move at a snail's pace. I liked the concept of making changes in order to shake things up. It was clever and definitely stuck with me, making me wonder what small things I could do to add some excitement to my life. But I don't think she ever did enough to make a change. Even her job changes kept her in the same building. The only daring thing I think she did was the jump ride at the amusement park.
For chick-lit, I found the love story to be very dull. The characters were mostly shallow and dysfunctional. Andrea's internal conflict brought me down, I felt she would be better served in therapy. I didn't root for her, I wanted her to go away because she was depressing and had no self esteem. There was nothing very empowering or romantic, nothing to wow me or feel like pay-off for investing my time in this story.
I think this author has potential but is afraid to make bold characters who do daring things. Maybe she thinks it's unrealistic, but most of us read to escape or imagine, so some dramatic leeway is expected. This story was dull and felt like being stuck listening to a boring co-worker at lunch telling me about her dysfunctional relationship. All it makes me want to do is watch the clock and get back to my desk.