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Sex as a Second Language: A Novel Hardcover – April 25, 2006
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But Magnus is keeping a secret from Kat - he is actually a CIA agent assigned to find out if Kat's secret agent father has tried to contact her in hopes of bringing him out of hiding due to his knowledge of a former Russian republic. Meanwhile, she has a falling out with her two best pals, Zandra and Marcy. She also discovers that not only is her ex, Logan in New York, but he hasn't bothered to see their son in the last six months, and he cleaned out her checking account in hopes of forcing her to sell their apartment since it is the largest asset they own.
Savvy readers will see some later plot points coming a mile away. Kwitney's latest is a departure from her thirty something shoe-shopping, martini-swilling chick-lit heroines. Kat is a real woman with real problems (including a smothering mother), and draws the reader into her drama with hopes that she will get a happy ending.
Kwitney's sly, dark humor almost always springs from human foibles and genuine fears, and so the laughs come from a place of sympathy. I never feel that she's laughing *at* her characters, or that she considers herself in any way better than they are. We are all, her books seem to say, vulnerable enough to be funny, but perceptive enough and warm enough to laugh at our own flaws.
There is something so very human and so real about the characters in Sex as a Second Language that reading it made me feel not only engaged and entertained, but also touched by the world's messy imperfections, if that makes any sense. For me this may be the best of Kwitney's chick lit novels. It's no coincidence, I think, that this is the first them not to end on a zany or farcical note. Although the humor is still very prominent, Kwitney stays with her main characters longer here, and goes deeper, I think. It feels like a more substantial book.
It is very much about the complexity of communication, the difficulty of navigating not just verbal but also nonverbal
language, about how people's unspoken signals aren't always clear to us, and our own fears get in the way, so that we don't always know what to say or do in relationship to others.Read more ›
In this particular book, I did have a small problem relating to the male lead (but that may have been a personal bias). The female lead is worthy of her story and her son realistically portrayed (although she does do one amazingly stupid thing that has me questioning her intelligence level). Her friends and family deserve to be shot (figuratively, of course...then again, in some cases maybe not so figuratively). And her ESL students are gems (flawed but beautiful).
Bottom line. Read it. It's good stuff. Whether you get it from the library for a day's entertainment or whether you buy if for your keeper collection is going to be up to the taste of the individual.
The plot was good; however, it seemed to have too many focal points. I would have rather read more about the developing relationship between Kat and Magnus. It seemed there were these great leaps...Kat wasn't interested in Magnus, then she liked him and then she loved him in a seriously short time. I usually don't have a problem with that quick of a romance; but it just seemed improbable based on the little amount of time they spent together.
I didn't really like the secondary characters either. Marcy was a character that wasn't needed, neither was her boss. The ending with the students seemed weird; they weren't that close. Zandra, Logan and the mother were just rude and mean.
I struggled to get through it and wished it was just about the likeable Kat and Magnus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a light, quick, easy, enjoyable read. It is enjoyable because of the thesis of the book and the fact that it is a romance. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by J. Robert Ewbank
Kat Miner is running out of luck. Her movie star husband has divorced her, taking off with all the money and leaving behind a son. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by Samantha J
is my first book i read from this author and to me that book was not worth the money.
the book feels almost as if you listen to one of your friends ordinary problem. Read more
I like to occasionally read "against type"; that is, every once in awhile I'll stray into a genre with which I have little familiarity or even interest, such as science writing or... Read morePublished on June 9, 2007 by Handee Books, LLC