Thursday, April 26, 2007

Book Review - "Don't Even Think About It"

In my quest to keep stress at a minimal, I took to reading a couple of fluff books. The first was Tietam Brown by Mick Foley. I didn't review that here because well - it just was not worth it. The story was just too strange and even trying to explain it to Steve I could not verbally explain how strange it was. Needless to say - I suppose it was entertaining enough, but it was pretty vulgar and I don't quite know that I would run to recommend it to someone.

After that reading debacle, I went to my bookshelf and perused. I decided to go the girly-fluffy-chick-read route and grabbed a book I had gotten on clearance at Borders a while back called Don't Even Think About It.

While it was not the best book I've ever read, it certainly was not terrible. It reminded me of Friends almost, but British and a bit more racy. There were two or three graphic parts, but if you can get past that (and the handful of swears that there are) it's not a terrible book. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for an easy read that they don't have to think about. However, if soap opera drama hurts your face - this book may not be for you.

There are three main characters - Jude, Sally, and Michael - and the book goes in and out of their point of view while speaking from the third person. They are three best friends who live either across the hall or across the street from each other in a working-class neighborhood in London. It basically revolves around how the three of them handle their romantic lives and gets into what they think of each situation in their minds. There's also quite a bit of focus on the girl-bonding part of the book with Jude and Sally which is central to the story. I'm not going to get into the storyline too much here because it's all intertwined and will give too much away.

The story itself is a good read. The flow is very similar to the flow of a "Friends" episode; the banter between the characters is very much like that (at least I felt). It's a good book if you're looking for something easy to read. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that if you're looking for a feel-good novel - this might not be the best route for you to take.

Danielle's Grade: C+ (Basically Average)
Current Music: Eddie Money, "Take Me Home Tonight"


Mags said...
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Lisa said...

"Girly-fluffy-chick-read" books hurt my face. But sometimes, it's good to have a "I don't have to think about the story much" book, like this one seems to be...

I'm reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman-I'd recommend it. But it doesn't have any racy graphic parts. Sorry. ;)

Anonymous said...

I suffered thru pride and prejudice twice (2 different versions). That's about all the suffering a man should ever undertake.

Danielle said...

Lisa - I like to avoid the racy graphic parts anyway. Enough with the sex - just tell me the story! :)

Anon. - I guess I can see that. That's plenty of girlyness. I'd avoid this book if I were you. :)