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Just Another Brit Chick Read
, August 26, 2003
This review is from: Elegance: A Novel (Hardcover)
Okay, I was going to swear off Brit Chick Lit. But the premise for this book appealed to me, and the fact that the author is a transplanted Yank gave me hope.
The main character, a transplanted Pittsburgher, is married but frumpy, and then she transforms herself and her life after running across a vintage style manual called "Elegance." The chapter heads, which go from A to Z, detail everything from "accessories" to "jewelry."
It's a cute premise, and some of Tessaro's writing is pithy.
However, this book suffers from the same plot, same lack of surprises and same plodding pace as other across the pond women's books like "Bad Heir Day," "Pride, Prejudice and Jasmine Field," and countless others.
It raises the same question: why can't any one of these authors think of another plot? In a nutshell, this book, and all its clones, has a slightly downtrodden, perhaps overweight or badly dressed heroine.
She starts to dress better/loses weight/gains self-confidence.
She dumps a horrible crush/boyfriend/husband.
She somehow gets out of her dead-end job/parent's house/work rut and achieves fabulous success working for a glossy women's magazine/the Royal Opera House/a hip PR firm.
She always gets some new, handsome boyfriend at the end, and she always ends up fabulously happy.
I'm all for fluff, but I'm sick of reading the same story over and over again. I'm done with Brit Chick Lit
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