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Katwalk Paperback – August 12, 2014
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A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the bestselling author of the romantic comedies Katwalk, Cassidy Lane, Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Originally from California, she now lives in Brooklyn, a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Promenade. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.
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She is from a suburban background in San Francisco and soon finds that the big city is vastly different . I identified with this book as I am from a big city and loved the way of life. Kat is very innocent and falls for different men, some of whom are married.This was a big shock. One of the married men was a womaniser who pursued her with earnest zest, at times she became quite upset and wondered what his wife was doing.
Kat never realised that in big cities men and women are swapping all the time.
There are a lot of amusing characters portrayed in this novel and best of all the author gives great details of the various sections of New York and the amazing variety of bars, restaurants and unknown delights of off beat areas to visit, even under the skyline of New York.
Kat has soon found some friends who are hilarious and really astonish Kat with their alcoholic drinking habits. The author successfully pictures and paints a stunning view and description of these funny, and fun loving locals who invade Kat's life.
Whilst reading this book I was smiling quite a lot and gobbled up the pages with pleasure.
Katwalk follows Katrina as she attempts to break out of her mundane life by moving to New York City. Katrina has always played by the rules; they've never been HER rules, however. Her parents have always told her what to do, what to study, where to live. She became an accountant and has been with the same company since her college graduation. Her best friend, Deb, convinced her that they needed to break out of the rut by saving up enough money to quit their jobs and move to New York City for a few months. Unfortunately for Katrina, Deb ends up with a better offer from her current job and decides to stay. That leaves Katrina with the decision to head to the Big Apple alone or stay in her safe life. She opts for the adventure. Katrina becomes "Kat" to her new friends in NYC and begins to explore the city.
Murnane paints NYC in both dark and light colors. People are either so desperately unhappy that they spend their evenings in bars and having affairs or they are...wait, it's mostly dark. Sure, Katrina's neighbors befriend her right away and she isn't ever mugged or robbed, but most of the people in the book are really unhappy with their lives as they are. They wish they could do something other than the 9-5 grind.
Overall, though, I still liked it. It wasn't sappy, but more realistic about the choices that we all feel forced in to making - the jobs we take because of the money, not because they will feed our souls or our passions.
Some favorite moments:
• “I think a lot people do that, especially straight-A high-school students.” “Do what?” “Put their heads down , study to get a degree, get a degree to get a job, get a job to get a paycheck, get a paycheck to buy a house. Everything’s focused on the next step, and before they know it, they’ve spent all their best years always aiming for the future and never really enjoying the present.”
• "In your life, it shouldn’t matter what anyone else is doing , or what anyone else thinks. You are the only person keeping score of your life. All that should matter to you is what is important to you. If you make major life choices based on what other people expect from you, or what will earn the approval of others, you’ll never be happy.”
• “Mom, Dad , I know it’s not going to be easy, that it’s going to be quite hard, in fact. But this is something I want to do, something that will make me happy. I’ve spent too many years living a life that makes other people happy. All that did was make me miserable, and I just can’t do it anymore.”
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The story of Katrina (Kat) is purely an adventure. I envy her as I've never done anything like that. I recently found myself thinking that I'm bored with my job that I've been doing for 19 years! Kat gives us the insight that change can be good. Even if it doesn't work out in the end, one can be proud to move outside of their comfort zone to take a chance.
Her friendship with Deb and the new friendships on NYC are all hysterical! The characters are so likable. I have to agree with one reviewer who stated that they enjoyed the talks that Shana gave before each yoga class. It was calming just reading them! It makes me want to be more proactive in getting myself back to yoga!
I thoroughly enjoy Maria's books. I look forward to many more in the future! It makes me wonder if there will be a continuation to Kat's story......