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Review: Confessions of a Tinderella by Rosy Edwards

The laugh-out-loud true story of one girl’s experience of life on Tinder.

Guilty as charged, I dropped the book at 30%. While Confessions of a Tinderella IS funny-enough and relatable (didn’t we all have awkward arranged dates or weird online dating experiences?), it is also kind of dull. Some paragraphs were too drawn out and frankly, I absolutely hated the fact that it took Rosy Edwards one fourth of her book to actually get into the subject of Tinder dating. Edwards can write well, and she can write funny, but I kept asking myself “When does she finally get on Twitter?” for way too long. Dropping a book early is not normal, but I probably would have done it earlier if it weren’t my insistence that any book should be given a fair chance and 30% is more than fair.The book/subject has a big potential, but the editing is a big problem. If she would have jumped into Tinder dating in chapter 2, or at least 10% through it would have been a much more interesting read. Some points of the introductory chapters should have been shortened or edited out altogether.

Confessions of a Cinderella is a good book, a good one – not a great one. Tinder is trendy, but unlike the case of two of my fairly recent reads (The Royal We and Tales from the Back Row), it’s not a comedy that plays in your head or a book that would make you want to be friends with the author/characters… Yes, it’s probably is a laugh-out-loud kind of story, but the spread out beginning left me unwilling to learn the end of it :/. Maybe it gets better as the dating disasters start piling up, but for me  Confessions of a Tinderella is just a solid 3*.

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Review: Tales From the Back Row by Amy Odell

“The beauty of fashion industry is that while everyone in it judges everyone, in a way, they also judge no one.”  

 

Brilliant writing, keen observations about the fashion industry and sharp humor. That’s Tales From the Back Row in brief. It’s fresh, it’s funny, but best of all, it’s relatable. Even if you’re an outsider whose experience with the industry amounts to passing each other by like ships in the night.

The world of fashion is a peculiar place inhabited by ethereal models, street style pretenders, bloggers and eccentric (and maybe somewhat weird and occasionally despotic) couture geniuses. Normal laws need not apply. Fashion industry is about standing out to fit it, and yes, it’s about pretty clothes, but also much much more… The people who wear them, the ones who create them, the ones who show them off, the parties where that happens. Amy Odell tells all about it.

What is it like, starting off in fashion with little knowledge of the industry? What does it take to get noticed by street style photographers during NY Fashion Week? How can you ruing a Vogue interview with Anna Vintour? What are encounters encounters with  Karl Lagerfeld and Rachel Zoe like?Are Victoria’s Secret Angels as out-of-this-world as you’d think they are? And many many more. Tales From the Back Row chronicles Amy Odell’s rise from party reporter to Cosmopolitan.com editor, her path has been extraordinary, unbelievable and a pure fun to read about.

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10 things to expect: Outlander Season 2

As the cruel reality of droughtlander starts to settle in, time to look forward to season two. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the season promises adventure, heartbreak and surprises. Major ones, if you’re new to the Outlander series universe. Here are the 10 things I would be looking forward to on Season 2.

Some spoilers behind the jump.

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Review: Bream Gives Me Hiccups & other stories by Jesse Eisenberg

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man’s sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide (The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement); in another, a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing (she didn’t have “one” of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen); in another piece, Alexander Graham Bell has teething problems with his invention (I’ve been calling Mabel all day, she doesn’t pick up! Yes, of course I dialed the right number – 2!).

Bream Gives Me Hiccups assembles restaurant reviews, email exchanges and snapshots of conversations. Hardly a traditional short story collection.The title story unites a series of restaurant reviews written by a 9-year-old boy, whose troubled mother takes him along to places just to make his father pay. What I should point out from the very beginning is that for the most part, I found Jesse Eisenberg’s prose to be too  … abstruse and somewhat dry and unpolished to be enjoyable. Eisenberg is praised for humor and irony I mostly failed to appreciate. Don’t get me wrong, Jesse Eisenberg certainly is a talented writer, he just isn’t a writer I would be likely to appreciate. I will remain a devoted admirer of Jesse Eisenberg’s acting talent, however, his literary prowess failed to charm me.Bream Gives Me Hiccups turned out the least enjoyable short stories collection I have read thus far, it also happened to be a book that received ravenous reviews which I don’t particularly agree with. Release date: September 5, 2015. Overall: 3*