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The Waitress Paperback – Bargain Price, April 26, 2005
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Nathan's latest novel, "The Waitress", tells the story of twenty-four year old Katie Simmonds, an Oxford graduate who works as a waitress while she is 'waiting' to find the perfect job. The perfect job seems to come along each week when Katie's mind alights on something she thinks she'd like to do, but isn't brave enough to risk a commitment to. And lack of commitment is a problem in her personal life as well. She's just walked out on a date with the only man she's liked, only to discover that he's her new boss, and he's already dating someone else. But that doesn't seem to stop him from showing interest in her, or is she just mistaken?
"The Waitress" is Melissa Nathan's latest "chick-lit" offering, a genre that I tend to ignore. Yet Nathan manages to rise above most of the other fodder this genre offers by making her characters believeable and intelligent. While the stories are predictable - yes, we know that the girl will find the right guy and they'll live happily ever after - the in-between time is peppered with wit, frustration, and amusing subplots that keep the reader interested even when they know how it will all turn out.
Part of what I enjoyed about “The Waitress” was just how relatable I found Katie to be – her indecisive nature, her attitude towards life, her ability to get super lost while driving, her extreme sarcastic nature – all attributes that I share. Her knack for becoming comfortable right before she has to wake up: “She rolled over. And then, oh joy, she was unable to move. She was, quite unexpectedly, more comfortable than she had ever been in her life. She focused on it so as not to forget the feeling. Yes, her body had chanced upon a position that made all other positions a nonsense. Her limbs felt light with the luxury of it. The spaced between them were perfection. There was probably an equation for it. Every feather in her duvet had found its optimum position, and as for her pillow, it was a cloud. Her head seemed to be cushioned in cotton wool. All thoughts were clear here. All emotions profound. Was this what heaven felt like? Why, she thought, had this not happened ten hours ago? Why had she spent an entire night trying to get this comfortable? Why had she not tried this position? It was hardly complicated. Her body almost hummed with happiness. She was the closest she’d ever come to purring. It felt as if time had stood still.” (The Waitress, pg 110/111).Read more ›
Katie wrestles with her growing attraction for Dan, and with her self-doubts and concerns for her future. In the meantime, Sukie tries to get acting jobs, Matt the dishwasher falls for beautiful and perfect Jennifer, and brainless waitress Patsy flirts with equally brainless (but talented) chef Nik. Adding to Katie's problems, though, Dan has gone back to his old girlfriend--and that girlfriend quickly makes the right noises to move from girlfriend to fiancee.
Author Melissa Nathan keeps the laughs coming as Katie and Sukie turn being super-rude waitresses into something that appeals to the crowds, as Katie wards off advances from drunk ex-boyfriend Hugh, and as Matt wrestles with overgrown pimples that erupt just as he is about to enter into the perfect date with beautiful Jennifer.
Too often, it seems like the world expects the twenty-something to know what to do. But school, even a degree from Oxford, can offer precious little practical direction--and it is easy to become trapped in a job. Of course, sometimes that job-trap can actually become something more.
Fans of humorous England-set chick-lit will definitely want to add this one to their must-read list.
Katie Simmonds waits tables at a London commuter café in an "up and coming" part of London. She's been doing this for years, so it's beginning to look like this is her long-term career. But that's fine with Katie - she's happy at the café, insulting the commuters and mastering the art of snarkiness with her fellow servers. Her days at the café look numbered, though, when Dan Crichton. Katie and Dan haven't seen each other since a disastrous date a few months back. Now he's in her life every day, as is his truly horrid girlfriend.
My main issue with The Waitress: Dan is kind of a wuss. Now, I have no problem with a manfully shed tear or two - to think that men never cry is silly and insulting. This guy doesn't cry though, he weeps. Frequently. And he's an emotional doormat - how he let himself get tangled up with his awful girlfriend is beyond me. He has a few charming moments, but not enough to warrant his hero status.
So why did I like this book? It's very funny and the characters are very likable. One of the hallmarks of chick lit is that the comedy is just as important as the romance. In fact, according to Nathan's husband, she preferred the term comedy romance since she thought laughter was most important and love was a sweet bonus. Sadly, Nathan passed away from breast cancer a few years at the age of 37 so the five books she finished are all we'll get from her.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldnt put the book down. And now that I'm done reading it i miss the characters all ready. A very feel good chic lit and I'm so glad I got to read it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kim
This book is so well written. The characters and the plot are believable. I truly believe that this book should be read by anyone who is a fan of romance.Published on April 21, 2013 by Wyattsmom2009
I love all of Melissa Nathan's books and this was no exception!!! She was such a talented writer and I was so sad to hear she had passed away. This book is hilarious and romantic. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Avid Reader Reviews
Gotta love true Brit chick lit. Always a best pal or two that all seem to find what they are looking for in the end. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Carolinesreads
I had read this book before, but the re-read was just as good with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments! Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by Maria R.
i LOVED this book! it was funny, charming, addicting, and had a happy ending. The ending is deifinately hilarious! if you are a fan of chick-lit u must buy this! even if u arent!Published on March 4, 2010 by G. Sandoval
Melissa Nathan's characters are developed and I could relate to them. I like the character of Katie and her interactions with her friends (i.e. Read morePublished on November 20, 2008 by Amazon Customer
I loved how Melissa Nathan built up the characters and plot - there's plenty of witty and really smart comedy through out. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by siamesesunday