Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Simon & Schuster, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

what nora knew cover

Synopsis:

Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly’s been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She’s snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year-old chiropractor. He’s comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance "in the style of Nora Ephron," she flunks out big-time. She can’t recognize romance. And she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.



Check Linda's take on the book before I get to my review:





Review:

This book is a super quick read (I read it in two sittings over the holiday weekend) and is a true homage to all things 'Nora'! My generation (and the author's) has been subtly defined and tempered by Nora's movies, so it's no surprise that our age group has fallen so much for this book! I have to admit I was totally taken with the first half of the book, and then I saw where the book was heading and after that I sort of read with the 'can't help to look at the train wreck while passing by' view. The first half of the book Molly was being strong and determined, making honest, familiar to us all mistakes. 

But the second half was all about setting up 'the one' and the episodes with him and Molly. And that is where it felt more like a movie than a book that allowed characters and relationships to develop. In short, it felt forced, and too coincidental, like it was trying to be a Nora movie. Honestly I found myself at the end of the book screaming 'no!', as I felt like what made Molly,well Molly, was lost in the runaway train of her meeting 'the one', which the reader never feels like we get to really know. Is he really her 'the one', or will she find out 6 months later that witty dialogue does not a relationship make? 

There is a lot to love about this book, and I think depending on what you are looking for in your chick lit reading, it could be a huge hit with certain readers.i just personally wanted more for Molly- I wanted more Kathleen Kelly, that tough, independent, feisty heroine! But it is a good poolside read!


About the Author:

Linda Yellin writes humor pieces for More magazine. She wrote numerous short stories for Redbook magazine back when they still published short stories and was a regular guest on SiriusXM Radio’s women’s talk show, "Broadminded." Her writing career began in advertising where she wrote headlines for shampoos, hamburgers, and cheese. Get the scoop at LindaYellin.com.



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