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Perfect Sex, written by Australian novelist Robin Storey, cleverly delves deep into the post-divorce self-discovery formula and spins it around on its literal head. In fact, she subverts it so fast and so well that at times I felt like I was reading a prequel to Bridget Jones’ Diary, minus the recent nightmarish images of Renee Zellweger’s post-surgery face.
In this case, Storey’s protagonist Susie Hamilton is a character with qualities that all of us can relate with. She’s confused at startling personal revelations, but she’s also skeptically authentic with her goals and ideals. Truth be told, Susie is not so unlike the gaggle of ladies you overhear at the bar talking about the marvels of the Internet and what happened last week on Scandal. What makes Susie so average is what makes her so interesting. The reader roots for her as she navigates the stormy waters of online dating, of choosing the right profile picture, and her quest to achieve critical and financial success with her best-selling novel that chronicles her true-life romantic liaisons. These liaisons, though familiar thanks to the media’s barrage of covering ‘dates gone wrong,’ had me giggling crazily at times.
While Storey can sometimes veer towards a slightly too-explicit narrative with details that could potentially make readers outside of the targeted demographic slightly uncomfortable (Fred, Susie’s vibrator, could be considered a supporting character), her talent as a writer shines most brightly in the moments where Susie examines her true purposes and motivations. It’s that universal thematic construct of soul-searching and the quest for happiness that makes Perfect Sex more than your average romantic comedy sex farce. By the end, you’ll realize that Susie Hamilton just wants to feel loved. After all, who doesn’t?
The Story... Susie wants a man. And write a book. In an effort to kill two birds with one stone, Susie sets up a profile on an internet dating site, and sets out to write a book about her experiences. Along the way, she must contend with the man who come and go in her life, two trying teens, and a cast of friends with big problems of their own.
The Characters ... Susie was an interesting character. As a divorcee who wants to find struggles to make her way back into the dating world, she wants companionship, love, and yeah, sex. I think a lot of women in similar circumstances would find a soul sister in Susie. Her friends Annie, Jules, and Myf each came with their own set of problems, and were all interesting characters in their own right.
The Writing .... Was fast-paced and very humorous. The humor in Perfect Sex is what I enjoyed the most. I loved how self-deprecating Susie could be, and how she just rolled with whatever came her way. I found the parallel between what authors struggle with and through in the real world, and Susie's journey to be particularly interesting. The trials of writing a book, getting word of mouth to help promote, hitting it big and all that came with it, seemed to be authentic. And I'm sure that the huge success of Susie's book is what all authors dream of.
I enjoyed Perfect Sex. I liked that the story focused on Susie's journey more than the romance. I would have liked the ending to have a bit more resolution, but it certainly seemed that Susie was headed in the right direction.
In the End... Perfect Sex was a nice story. I was surprised that the story featured very little sex, mostly of the implied variety. That was fine. What appealed to me most was the author's voice, full of charm and humor.
"I can't remember the last time Richard and I did it during the day," Annie says. "We're flat out finding the energy to do it at all.
"Try phoning him at work and telling him to come home at lunchtime, and then meet him at the door in a see-through negligee," I say. "I wrote that once in an article on 'Fifty Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage'.
"Did it work for you?" Myf asks.
"I just wrote it; I didn't actually do it myself."
If only Cara knew that not only did I date her maths teacher but he propositioned me as well! I flirted briefly with the idea of sleeping with him in exchange for passing Cara in maths, but after noticing his rough and calloused hands, decided it was too big a sacrifice for a mother to make for her daughter.
Actually, the story line goes that this woman is going to write a book about her online dating experiences as a guide for women over 40.
The book didn't start off all that great for me as all the character talked about was the unfulfilled marriage, her non-existent sex life, and the weird sex toys she's never tried. It practically played out like an episode of Hot in Cleveland or Sex in the City--two shows I'm not particularly fond of. The characters didn't appeal to me so much, and I found the subject matter and general execution to be trivial and daunting.
Although the initial premise was alluring, I just couldn't get into this book.
A few errors in grammar, but I just filled in over the mistakes.
The author has a great sense of humor and captures the reality of life for many women looking for suitable partners. Many times I found myself laughing out loud and finding many things that I could relate too.
I thought the author also has a very good understanding of the relationship between a mother and her demanding teenage children.
The book ends with the opportunity for a sequel to which I hopefully don't have to wait long.........hint.hint..hint.