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Feminista Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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This crazed black romantic comedy from journalist and author Kennedy (Bling) charts the rocky course of Sydney Zamora, a very angry single. The Cachet magazine writer decides, at 33, that she's got to get married before her eggs sour. So her rich sister hires Mitzi Berman, a successful Manhattan matchmaker, to find Sydney's Mr. Right. Mitzi's challenge, as she sees it, is transforming fierce feminista Sydney into a dress-wearing girly girl (says Mitzi: If you don't make some radical changes in your behavior, you will die alone). Catching Sydney's eye is the fabulous Max Cooper, the spoiled playboy heir of a department store fortune, but can her politics mix with his background? Truly, their path to connubial bliss is barbed with obstacles, charted with sarcastic glee by Kennedy, a pioneer of chick lit's naughty stepsister—bitch lit. (Sept.)
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"Feminista is smart, hilarious, and totally of the moment. Every feminist fashionista will find herself on these pages, as Erica Kennedy uses wit and verve to take a look at some of the tough decisions women have to make on the road to having it all. One of the most enjoyable reads of the year."-- Rebecca Walker, author of Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.
"Kennedy tweaks the template to create a beautiful, biracial, brainy heroine, far hipper than chick-lit is used to."--Kirkus Reviews
"This crazed black romantic comedy from journalist and author Kennedy (Bling ) charts the rocky course of Sydney Zamora, a very angry single. The Cachet magazine writer decides, at 33, that she's got to get married before her eggs sour. So her rich sister hires Mitzi Berman, a successful Manhattan matchmaker, to find Sydney's Mr. Right. Mitzi's challenge, as she sees it, is transforming fierce feminista Sydney into a dress-wearing girly girl (says Mitzi: "If you don't make some radical changes in your behavior, you will die alone"). Catching Sydney's eye is the fabulous Max Cooper, the spoiled playboy heir of a department store fortune, but can her politics mix with his background? Truly, their path to connubial bliss is barbed with obstacles, charted with sarcastic glee by Kennedy, a pioneer of chick lit's naughty stepsister--bitch lit."--Publishers Weekly
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What's It About: It's about a writer, trying to find the perfect mate.I know what you're thinking: Isn't all chicklit about a writer trying to find the perfect mate? Same ole. Same ole. But in this case you're wrong. See below.
What Makes It Different: The main character, Sydney Zamora, has an extremely strong personality. She's also smart and (gasp!) a feminist. Also, the love interest is complicated in a way that you'd expect a scion to be complicated in real life -- but they're rarely depicted this way in other chick lit and women's fiction.
What I Loved: I can't remember the last time I read something romantic with a main character that described herself as a feminist. How refreshing. I also like that she was a complicated feminist and seemed to live by her own rulebook for Feminism. Plus, she's mean. I love mean women. Also, the book is laugh-out-loud funny and really readable to the point where I had trouble putting it down. I really hope that Ms. Kennedy doesn't make us wait another four years for her next novel.
What I Didn't Like: Well, I found Sydney Zamora unlikeable, b/c she didn't seem to like anybody else. She had a problem with every single woman and man she came in contact with and was incredibly judgmental. Usually that would stop me reading, BUT in this case the character was so complex, and the writing was so good, that I kept on turning pages to the end. All in all, I would say that Sydney Zamora is extremely compelling if not immensely likeable.
There was so much potential to have all of these kooky but highly lovable characters & Kennedy fell short. I never liked Sydney. I never understood her. Indifference towards the main character is pretty much a kiss of death. I found Sydney to be abrasive, paranoid, & unlikable. I wanted to cheer for her to "get the guy" but I'd feel sorry for any man stuck with her. I wanted to like Max. I can see she wanted him to be an endearing, happy go lucky, rich kid who really doesn't care that he's rich. But he wasn't really developed. I never fully understood his point of view. He made NO SENSE. I should have LOVED Jeffrey-James as the witty gay sidekick but he fell flat too. Mizti Bernam was an opportunity for PURE COMEDY that was completely slept on. I did not understand Sydney's parents & was really confused by the sister.
I think alot of African American writers would like to go mainstream, which is a good thing, but the racial ambiguity of the characters was odd. It was like Sydney was "black" and her sister was "white" & they were really neither.
I won't give up on Erica Kennedy b/c I know from "Bling" that she can write. I will give her next book a fair chance & try to forget about this disaster.
After breaking up with her most recent loser and exasperated with the whole dating scene, she decides ask her sister for assistance in finding a husband. Her sister, smart woman that she is, knows a bad hook-up would be disastrous to their sisterly bond and decides to hire a middlewoman--Mitzi Berman, matchmaker for the rich and famous. Sydney meets her match in the no-holds barred Mitzi who forces Sydney into some very painful (but necessary) introspection and major dating mishaps. Meanwhile, Sydney meets Max, a rich boy Sydney mistakes for a doorman at a swanky department store. Through a series of serendipitous run-ins Max and Sydney manage to strike up a tenuous friendship, but will her intimidating exterior scare Max away? Or can he accept Sydney for the hard ass she is and love her in spite of it?
Feminista was a very entertaining read. Although the story got off to a slow start due to some heavy narrative, I'm glad I stuck it out. Sydney proves to be such a compelling and provocative character that you can't help but keep reading to find out if she ever gets it together. The author cleverly peels back layer after hardened layer to reveal that there is more to Sydney than meets the eye. For all of her tough talk, Sydney wants what most women want--to settle down with her Prince Charming and make babies...she just wants to do that without losing her identity or her independence. I'd definitely recommend this to readers who like more edgy women's fiction.
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