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25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:
* Her job is terrible
* She's been dumped yet again
* Her ex is now her boss
* Her parents think she's a loser compared to her perfect younger sister
* All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure
* There just isn't enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above.
The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who's prettier, better-dressed, more successful and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life and how is Mel supposed to compete?
So what do you do when you've pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course!
After all, what's the worst that can happen?
I have a confession. Despite Pride and Prejudice being one of my favourite books, I haven't read Emma. In fact, my best knowledge of Emma comes from watching Clueless. Having said that, both Clueless and this book prove why Emma is a classic.
I liked Mel's voice and the situations she got herself in were ridiculous. One of them had me genuinely belly laughing because it was so unfortunate. The story begins with the dumping by her soon to be boss who is 100% a dick. I'm kind of glad we didn't have to go through her thought process when they started going out, but I probably would feel very differently towards Mel if I had.
Mel's efforts at helping others come from a good place. I think that's what you say when someone is doing a terrible job accidentally. Few characters are willing to go in all guns blazing all of the time so for Mel to do that was super entertaining.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The will they-won't they vibe was incredibly frustrating (in a good way!) There was one scene in the book that I found particularly comically horrifying, as I'm sure all the characters involved did too.
Recommend to: fans of chick lit, people looking for quick reads
Rating: 3 Stars