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Greek girl thinks outside of the box
on June 17, 2007
OK, here's how I came to this book - I am a Greek-American girl who enjoys a good story, and like a book being set in Astoria Queens New York, which is about as Greek a place this side of the Aegean. I tried to LOVE this book, but came to the end liking it, and seeing some potential.
The similarities between Stephanie Plum and Sophie are well, uncomfortable. The eye rolls, the job and the mysterious hunk, the family, the 'ex' - although he's an ex-almost groom...And Sophie at a point in the book was going to curl up in bed reading one of her favorite books, an early Janet Evanovich book....HELLO????
BUT, as a Greek-American woman who has to walk in 2 cultures and live in 2 cultures, I liked the premise. And I don't know if it will be in subsequent books, but there were recipes in the back for some dishes described in the book, and they were real Greek recipes. As opposed to an Americanized version of a Greek dish...also that Step, er Sophie constantly drank frappe was hilarious to me. Although I personally do not go near iced coffee (hot for me please), all you saw and heard in Greece was to have a frappe - very in...
I will read the next Sophie Metropolis book. I don't know if I would pay hardback prices for one, but will reserve my judgement. I see that the sales are good for this series, so it might be there are a lot of my fellow Greek-Americans who want to support the Greek husband-wife team, or there is a market for another spunky girl with quirky friends, relatives, and job...
I have to bear in mind that the 1st Stephanie Plum book, One for the Money, is the weakest of that series - establishing the characters, situations, etc., so Sophie may well have potential.
Kai sanotera, Carringtons. Yia sas.