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how many books remind me of this one?,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making Minty Malone (Taschenbuch)
You've read one, you've read them all. Yes, I know I'm being a little bit harsh, & I know that some of the "contemporary-light-easy to read-supposedly modern romances" are better than others. But after having read at least 20 of these, I'm starting to feel as if I've read one too many.
"The making of Minty Malone" by Isabel Wolff was one of the books I bought this summer, while on vacation & desperate to have something to read on the plane. The truth though is that I could have chosen it anyway, in a bookstore, since I have a soft spot for this kind of book after reading everything by Marian Keyes & Helen Fielding. But that's the point: Marian Keyes & Helen Fielding write well, & their books stand out & would have done so even if they had decided to write about something else. The same cannot be said about all the other writers deciding to write this kind of novel: it's as if they all follow an exact formula. Single woman, living lonely & sad & usually ditched in London preferably. Two or three close friends around her. A job that, as the book develops, gets better, as new opportunities appear out of nowhere & our heroine becomes more assertive by the moment, "gets in touch with her true feelings" & grabs these chances. And of course in the end, there's always an almost perfect for everyone, (but definitely perfect for the heroine) man. They live happily ever after & we're left to wander what the hell is wrong with our everyday life, since it doesn't seem to change so dramatically & so easily...
Isabel Wolff's book follows the above formula exactly. So it's both good & bad. It's a good plane-ride book, good for a few laughs (sometimes because of the incredulity of everything that's going on). But after the plane-ride (& the read) is over...so is the book. You immediately forget about it & go on to discover the next Minty Malone-Lucy Sullivan-Bridget Jones etc etc. The only thing I could wish were that more women had these heroins' luck because the world would be a better (& easier to live in) world. Since it's not, we can only dream, & once in a while, pick up one of these books....