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What Stays in Vegas Paperback – June 8, 2013
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Secondly, I just have to tack on to everyone else and say I really didn't want to put this book down. I had to (work of course) but I finished the book over my lunch break and as an ex-admin myself, totally bonded with Tessa. It's so true, even when it's the Fed Ex guy's fault, you are really the one who caused the freak snow storm.
Ms. LaBonte, please write another book!
Following in the tradition of many "chick-lit" writers before her, the storyline is somewhat predictable: think Bridget Jones' Diary or even its literary ancestor, Pride and Prejudice. However, Labonte's sense of humor and witty take on the excesses of Las Vegas make this a fun read. Tessa Golden, the protagonist, is a former art major who has fallen into the unfortunate career path of administrative assistant. As Tessa herself says, "You know you're in a dead-end job when you get a holiday forcing people to appreciate you." Even though her characters are over the top at times, Labonte gives them depth - and in so doing, creates people the reader can really care about. The subplot featuring Tessa's boss, by the way, is brilliant.
I had a hard time putting this book down, probably because I have a soft spot for chick lit - especially around Valentine's Day. As a regular visitor to Las Vegas, I was pleased to find that Labonte captured both the spirit and the geography of the place perfectly. (I wasn't aware that Las Vegas had an art museum - now I'll have to visit it!) The book could use one final polish - I marked a few more than twenty errors, though they were minor and didn't affect the overall story.
This isn't Labonte's first book, but it is her first full-length novel. I previously reviewed Coffee Breath on this blog, which is also a lot of fun. I recommend visiting the author's blog as well, where she frequently lampoons office life. Yes, it's true - I'm a fan. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next!
Oh, and I'd really like to have one of Tessa's binder-clip Eiffel Towers.
You know you have a good book in your hands when it makes you laugh out loud, shed a tear, and rant in anger at the main character's actions all in one sitting. I was so emotionally connected to the characters in the book. I identified with Tess's desperate need to flee from her dead-end job and explore the career path for which she was meant. I sympathized with Kendra, her wild antics, and her feelings for her cheating spouse and her obligation to uphold family expectations.
Labonte definitely has the skill and talent for crafting a wonderful, character-driven story. Her writing is engaging, pulling me so far into the story that it seemed a punishment to put it down until the very last sentence of the book. Her attention to detail and her first person narrative makes What Stays in Vegas a splendid addition to the chick-lit genre.
By Jamee Pritchard, The Kindle Book Review
For me the story literally begins after this transition. Although the story is about Tessa, her boss Kendra and the friendship and similarities they share form the heart of this story. Due to some circumstantial changes in Kendra's life and unlikely bond is formed between the two. Kendra is Tessa's boss and the owner's daughter, she is perfect in her work and in her fashion sense.Even though they are very different, Tessa and Kendra strike a deep friendship. After many humorous and humiliating episodes both the girls realize that they need to make the most of their art passion and only fear of initiative and change has held them back. Tessa manages to sort out her professional and personal life with some introspection. I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very fun read! Great for the beach and an umbrella drink! Fun and satisfying...Published 23 days ago by Nina H. Klein
This is the second book I have read by Beth Labonte and I am enjoying them for the humor and the easy read. I would read more from her and I wish I had discovered her sooner. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Minnie
I loved this book. Light, easy reading and full of humor. One of those books I just didn't want to put down. It grabbed my attention right from the beginning and never let go. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue Ellen Brentson
I read this book in a couple days, it was a fun read and had me laughing out loud at the end! I was laughing at the start of the next book too, I would say Beth has a great sense... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda