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How to Look Happy (Unlucky in Love) (Volume 3) Paperback – January 7, 2016
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Stacey had barely blown out the candles on her 21st birthday cake when she took her first job as a reporter at a daily newspaper. She later followed her passion to interior design school and spent three years working at a firm with bizarre similarities to the set of Designing Women. Today she funnels that experience into her work as a full-time freelance writer, penning everything from magazine articles to website copy to a bi-weekly column called Inside Design. She also writes romantic comedy, and the zany characters she's met poke their heads into her stories from time to time. Stacey lives in Memphis, Tenn., with her husband, also a writer, and a son who's inherited their overactive imaginations.
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First of all, this book made me really glad I don't drink! ;) What happens to Jen does make for a very entertaining read, though. I was equally engrossed in all the intrigue going on at the design firm where Jen worked (What was the deal with her secretive, always-absent boss? Why was the junior designer Jen helped get a job suddenly giving her the cold shoulder?), as well as with her romantic life. (Would she get back together with her ex? Revisit a relationship from her teen years? Give a new hottie a shot?) I'm fascinated by interior design and the author clearly knows her stuff in that area, so I really enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at what interior designers do. And Jen has a really interesting variety of clients (from kooky bakery owner, Chick, to creepy, high-powered lawyer, Emory).
Social media plays a big part in Jen's story, and the author offers some insightful commentary on how we're all so obsessed with documenting our lives and sharing them online that we're never in the moment to enjoy what we're experiencing. And most of what we see online is a façade anyway, so trying to "keep up with the Joneses" is a fruitless endeavor.
If you're looking for a fun, fast read this summer, I highly recommend How to Look Happy and I am looking forward to Stacey Wiedower's next release.
This is my third book from the author and I loved it. I can't wait for book 4 coming soon!
Wiedower creates a likable, if somewhat misguided, heroine. Jennifer is a friend you'd sit and have a glass of wine with and the tone of the book is friendly and casual. And her love of interior design, wine, and her local restaurant scene speaks to many.
The narrative flowed nicely and the cast of characters is well-rounded. And Wiedower does a great job tapping in to the absurdities and drawbacks of social media, a love-hate relationship that so many experience.
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