Review: J’Adore New York — Isabelle LaFleche

Read: 70
To Go: 30

Book List
61. Skyward — Mary Alice Monroe
62. The Journals of Sylvia Plath — Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
63. Dust Tracks on a Road — Zora Neale Hurston
64. The Silent Woman — Janet Malcolm
65. Memoirs of Montparnasse — John Glassco
66. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic — Alison Bechdel
67. A Secret Kept — Tatiana de Rosnay
68. The Girl Who Played With Fire — Stieg Larsson
69. A Vintage Affair — Isabel Wolff
70.  J’Adore New York — Isabelle LaFleche

When Catherine Lambert, an effortlessly chic Parisian lawyer, transfers to the New York office of her prestigious firm, she is determined to conquer the high-flying world of Manhattan law — and love. Catherine’s daydreams of glamour quickly fizzle, however, when she is faced with her job’s tough realities. With the pressure of billable hours, the demands of Catherine’s impossible bosses, and the conspiring of two malicious secretaries, New York is more of a nightmare than a dream. Then she meets a handsome new client, and her life takes on the romance she hoped it would — until an unexpected request brings her new world crashing down.

Given the title, I’m sure it will shock no one that this was on the $9.99 table at Chapters? However, it wasn’t a bad book. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good: the city, the lawyers, the fashion. All the hallmarks of a good chick lit book. Even if I had a little trouble understanding the law aspect of the book (and there were several things out of my comprehension range), I liked the authenticity of it. Also, who doesn’t love a “naive girl tackles New York” book?

The bad: the sheer number of characters. There were way too many for me to keep track of, and that’s never good. I understand that a law firm is a populated place, but the scope of characters that were introduced was a little ridiculous. I didn’t remember who was an associate, who was a junior or a senior partner, who owned the firm, who was a secretary…It was just too much.

The ugly: the amount of story lines taking place. I think LaFleche bit off a bit more than she could chew; there were about twenty different story lines weaving through the course of the novel and it seemed a little chaotic. She could have cut a few (and thus reduced the amount of characters needed) that only spanned a couple of pages each and didn’t do much for the overall plot.

Not bad overall, just not one of my favourites. On the plus side, it was a quick and easy read.

Next book: The Truth About Delilah Blue — Tish Cohen

Next feature: I’m in a productive mood tonight, and am going to toss a couple of articles up.

– Kelsey


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