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29 March 2010

Book Review: Size Eight In A Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen


Title: Size Eight In A Size Zero World
Author: Meredith Cagen
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: November 23, 2009
Paperback: 340 pages
ISBN: 978-1440169748
Genre: Fiction/Chick-Lit

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From the Publisher:

Meet Lindsay Chandler—a 32 year-old New York working wife and mother with old-fashioned values who thinks she’s living a fairy tale life (she’s not). Then an unexpected friendship with her upstairs neighbor (he is smart, successful, sophisticated and sexy— she’s not) unleashes her passion and re-ignites her sparkle. This liaison causes her to question the way she lives her life. Yearning for a storybook ending, she decides to make changes in her life, embarking on a quest for self re-invention in this hilarious, witty, touching story. Guaranteed entertaining and fun!!

My Review:

Size Eight In a Size Zero World
is the debut novel of author Meredith Cagen. The novel takes place amongst the upper echelon of Manhattan, with the central character being 32-year old Lindsay Chandler. From the outside, Lindsay has it all: She is a mother to two children, Kristen and Jake, has a career she enjoys, and is married to Grant, a successful divorce attorney, yet being one for old-fashioned values, Lindsay chose to have neither a nanny nor housekeeper; which makes her almost an outcast in her upper echelon society. Lindsay's husband verbally abuses her, is paranoid, monitors her movements and is emotionally shut off as a husband and father, yet she makes excuses for him. Meanwhile Lindsay has a crush on a man she meets in the elevator and in no time he begins asking for her advise. The more she speaks with "elevator guy" the more she thinks she needs to remake herself in what she refers to as “Operation S.I.” Is “elevator guy” an illusion, a fantasy or the answer to her problems? As Lindsay struggles to find out who she is, she is surrounded with self-doubt and differing opinions. Her friends' lives are colourful and they do try to have interventions with Lindsay. Cagen’s writing style is witty, fluid and quite descriptive. Unfortunately being completely unable to identify with the main character made this a difficult read for me. Lindsay at times is extremely witty, and I realise the ending would not be what it is if not for the journey in life Lindsay takes, however, this novel was not for me, I do not know women like this and I am quite thankful I do not. If you are looking for a witty novel filled with superficial people, infidelity, and creative writing that will at times make you laugh, then you may want to give this novel a try.

About the Author:

Accidental author Meredith Cagen, a New York City resident, has drawn on a storehouse
of personal experience in writing this exciting, unpredictable, and yet believable,
adventure in romance.

I received a complimentary copy of Size Eight In A Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen from Bostick Communications to review. Receiving a complimentary copy of this novel in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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3 comments:

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you,

Bill ;-)

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great looking books! Your review of Size Eight in a Size Zero World was interesting...sounds like a book I'll pass up!

Have a wonderful week!

Crystal (I totally paused!) said...

Hmm, this book doesn't sound anything like what I thought it would be. I'm still curious to read it, but I probably won't rush it on my TBR pile ;)