Book Review | Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney

brightpreciousdays.jpegProtagonists Russell and Corrine have been married for years and are parents to school-aged twins. In New York City, he runs a publishing house and she works in the non-profit sector dealing with food redistribution. Both have, at times, strayed from their marriage, but they pride themselves in having weathered storms together. When a publishing faux pas lands Russell’s business upside down, and Corrine can’t keep her bloomers on, it’s a question of whether the storm will be too much for this couple to bear.

I was not aware until after reading this book that it was the third installment by the author about the protagonist couple. Bright, Precious Days works well as a standalone novel. Enough information about the couple’s history is woven into the text that they can be understood without further background. Mostly, I found this book to be an enjoyable read, though in some places I felt details or descriptions were overdone. The text would certainly be of interest to those wanting to read about the lifestyle of New York’s rich. Ultimately, the story made me contemplate people’s values and worth, leaving me with a somewhat hollow feeling. Check it out from a library near you.

I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author/publisher for participating in the giveaway.

Book Review | The Hating Game : a novel by Sally Thorne

the hating game book coverSally Thorne’s first novel, The Hating Game, focuses on two rival coworkers at a publishing company. As executive assistants sharing an office, Joshua and Lucy fill the day with mini-competition games they’ve devised. When a promotion is posted, the ultimate competition between them begins. As the book goes on, Lucy and Josh get to know each other better and see that there may be more between them than just their spiteful and competitive natures.

There is no shortage of reviews for this title. The cover does not do this book justice, it is more meaty than just a romantic comedy. Contrary to other reviewers, the book grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it throughout. There were some obvious things that the female protagonist strangely did not pick up on, but the story flows well and does a solid job of describing how turbulent falling in love can feel. Thorne also weaves in a few steamy scenes that fit with the plot. This is a great literary debut and I would certainly look for Thorne’s upcoming titles. There is an ebook available or you can check it out from a library near you.

I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author/publisher for participating in the giveaway.