- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434344916
- ISBN-13: 978-1434344915
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 32 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,370,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Confessions of a Corporate Slut Paperback – January 2, 2008
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Readers may wonder "why does she let this happen?" And that question may not have a full answer in the book. Though the heroine is outwardly fortunate in circumstances, even rich, such circumstances do not compensate for the loss of her self. She turns off the alarm bells whenever they sound. She has a great deal of company in real life, among abused women. This is a book that deserves reading by any woman who has ever looked at her own romantic life and found herself wondering "what am I missing? Why am I so unhappy? Why am I with this man after all that he has done to me?"
As someone who strives to do my best when it comes to work, and also as a fellow childfree woman, this novel raises a myriad of issues prevalent to this day and age. The choices we make are guided by so many factors. On the one hand, some readers will find Roberta too self-centered and perhaps pathetic for not getting out of her situation sooner. Yet, the writing contains an honesty that can't be denied. The thematic elements are rich and the writing strong.
Other reviewers have detailed the novel's plot, so I won't repeat what they've written. I'll just say that what I liked best about this story is that it's driven by the main character, Roberta. While reading it, I felt as if I were reading a letter from a good friend, telling me about what's going on in her life. Before I opened the book, I wondered if this would be the story of a woman who slept her way to the top, but that's definitely not the case with Roberta. In fact, she works hard to become one of the boys in a male-dominated field. She is a strong woman who uses her intelligence, work ethic, sense of humor, and chutzpah to attain success long before she meets, falls in love with, and marries the rich guy. Though she lives through the bra-burning days of the women's movement and personifies all that those women hoped to achieve, Roberta never feels a part of that crowd. She's a goal-driven, charismatic, loving, caring woman who forges ahead and gives of herself, even when her hard work isn't appreciated or acknowledged.
This book details the demands placed on wives of high-powered corporate executives, especially those involved in sales. Yes, they have the trappings of success--big houses, fancy cars, jewelry, designer clothes--but none of that is free. It is earned, partially by being what Jacqueline Gum calls a "pooper scooper"--cleaning up her husband's mistakes. Gum's descriptions of Roberta's days and the demands placed on her made me tired just by reading them! Roberta's story is told with feeling, insight, and humor.
Confessions of a Corporate Slut is one of the best books I've read. I recommend it to readers who enjoy stories about strong, successful women, as well as anyone who is curious about the day-to-day lives of the women who share their lives and their talents with successful and powerful men. By the way, the book has been meticulously edited, leaving the reader free to enjoy the author's words without annoying grammatical errors.
It left me both sad and inspired. Sad, because of the tough choices the main character had to make and the tough realizations she had to face. But inspired basically for the same reason - because she did make the tough choices and moved on when it was the hardest thing to do.
It's hard to write a proper review without revealing half of the plot! But i can say this - this is a must-read for every self-respecting and independent woman who is on a cross road between a man and her career. This is a must-read to every woman who wants to stay true to herself, always. This is a must-read to every woman who has lost her way and really wants to get back on the right track of staying true to herself.
Great story - served with even better sense of humor!