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How Could She: A Novel av Lauren Mechling
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How Could She: A Novel (utgåvan 2020)

av Lauren Mechling (Författare)

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"An assured and savagely funny novel about three old friends as they navigate careers, husbands, an ex- fiance, new suitors, and, most importantly, their relationships with one another "I know these women, I am these women." --Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter "As wise and unforgiving as a nineteenth-century French novel." --Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot After a devastating break-up with her fiance, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they've landed good jobs, handsome husbands, and unfairly glamorous lives (or at least so it appears to Geraldine). Sick of watching from the sidelines, Geraldine decides to force the universe to give her the big break she knows she deserves, and moves to New York City. After she arrives, though, and zigzags her way through the downtown art scene and rooftop party circuit, she discovers how hard it is to find her footing in a world of influencers and media darlings. Plus, the magazine where Sunny and Rachel work is on the brink of folding. Rachel is struggling to juggle her life as a writer, wife, and new mother--how is it that she was more confident and successful at twenty-five than in her mid-thirties? And Sunny's life as a popular West Village tastemaker is not nearly as charmed as it seemed to Geraldine from Toronto. Perhaps worst of all, why are Sunny and Rachel--who've always been suspicious of each other--suddenly hanging out without Geraldine? Hilarious and fiercely observed, How Could She is a novel of female friendship, an insider's look into the cutthroat world of New York media--from print to podcasting--and a witty exploration of the ways we can and cannot escape our pasts. In Geraldine, Sunny, and Rachel, Mechling exposes how women can pragmatically manipulate one another in life and in love, and how the glamour, energy, and hope of New York City doesn't deliver for everyone, but sometimes, in the most unexpected and delightful moments, embraces those who have just the right amount of hope and delusion"--… (mer)
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.*

I had a really hard time with this book. I couldn’t stand the characters and felt like they were all being really petty with one another, and the plot was meh. I think the marketing let me down on this one, because I thought I was getting a story with great female friendships and sure, life was hard, but friends were great. Instead, the relationships seem to me like a how-to in ruining friendships and relationships, and a lot of each character’s problems came from her not being able to grow up and live in reality.

It didn’t seem particularly funny to me, and honestly, nothing really happened. I don’t think any of the characters showed a great deal of growth throughout the novel, and the plot was stagnant, except for the characters moving to different locations. There were some points that interested me, like one of the friends having to navigate being the only one who’s a mom; another found out that she’s actually not happy in her romantic relationship. These things are what got me through, but overall, it was fine and kind of boring. I was hoping for something more.

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  sedelia | Mar 20, 2020 |
Very much a slice-of-life story that left me wondering about the title and the point, but not necessarily in a bad way. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Dec 9, 2019 |
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"An assured and savagely funny novel about three old friends as they navigate careers, husbands, an ex- fiance, new suitors, and, most importantly, their relationships with one another "I know these women, I am these women." --Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter "As wise and unforgiving as a nineteenth-century French novel." --Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot After a devastating break-up with her fiance, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they've landed good jobs, handsome husbands, and unfairly glamorous lives (or at least so it appears to Geraldine). Sick of watching from the sidelines, Geraldine decides to force the universe to give her the big break she knows she deserves, and moves to New York City. After she arrives, though, and zigzags her way through the downtown art scene and rooftop party circuit, she discovers how hard it is to find her footing in a world of influencers and media darlings. Plus, the magazine where Sunny and Rachel work is on the brink of folding. Rachel is struggling to juggle her life as a writer, wife, and new mother--how is it that she was more confident and successful at twenty-five than in her mid-thirties? And Sunny's life as a popular West Village tastemaker is not nearly as charmed as it seemed to Geraldine from Toronto. Perhaps worst of all, why are Sunny and Rachel--who've always been suspicious of each other--suddenly hanging out without Geraldine? Hilarious and fiercely observed, How Could She is a novel of female friendship, an insider's look into the cutthroat world of New York media--from print to podcasting--and a witty exploration of the ways we can and cannot escape our pasts. In Geraldine, Sunny, and Rachel, Mechling exposes how women can pragmatically manipulate one another in life and in love, and how the glamour, energy, and hope of New York City doesn't deliver for everyone, but sometimes, in the most unexpected and delightful moments, embraces those who have just the right amount of hope and delusion"--

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