The beach is calling ( LOUDLY, and it's being accompanied by it's cohorts margarita and wine)
and there have been oh so many little hours in the day!
So I didn't have a chance to review this adorable sounding book,
but I knew you would love to win it, so here it is!
Kate Billings, a burnt-out, second-year attorney working in the dysfunctional world of Big Law, regains consciousness after a late night, career-ending meltdown at the office. Can she scramble to undo the damage? Or does she even want to?
Kate is a Red Bull-dependent, yoga-hating attorney at Krapp & Lipschitz, L.L.P., Arizona's largest and worst-dressed law firm. At first blush, Kate leads an enviable life. At only 26, she earns a six-figure salary, owns a quaint downtown bungalow, and has managed to shed the 80 pounds that have plagued her for most of her adulthood.
A devastating performance review by firm partners Krapp, Butts, and Waddleberger, however, calls Kate's chosen career into question. Her confusion is compounded by a stranger’s innocent inquiry: "Are you happy?" Finally, when Kate receives her annual bonus -- consisting of a smoked ham and skin concealer -- she cracks. Upon realizing that she has been passively allowing her life to unfold under the belief that at some point things would just click into being perfect, Kate ransacks the partners' offices, quits her job, and buys a one-way ticket to Barcelona, planning to stalk ("it's not 'stalking,' it's 'reconnaissance'") the Spanish exchange student she has been secretly in love with since high school.
What does the Author Say About this book?
“Many people report experiencing a quarter-life crisis in their twenties,” says Parker. “This usually comes in the form of a realization that one is in fact ‘grown up’ and responsible for his or her life’s course. But in today’s economic climate, so many people are told to ignore any rumblings of discontent, and to just suck it up and put up with a job they hate, because they’re ‘lucky’ to be able to support themselves and not to have to bunk up with their parents. Hogwash! Happiness and independence don’t come from sticking with a dead-end, thankless job; bitterness and disappointment do. No one should feel guilty for wanting something better. So many people – in all walks of life – are trapped in jobs and lives that do not match who they are on the inside. But we are all, at the end of the day, accountable only to ourselves.”
About the Author:
Petula Parker was inspired to write Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour based on her own trials and tribulations practicing in the unforgiving arena of Big Law, and her experiences living in Spain. Miss Parker currently resides in the United States, where she avoids attorneys and men who wear denim shorts.