Review: Monkey Business


Monkey Business
by Sarah Mlynowski
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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It’s a mixture of love, lust, cheating, uncertainty, and fun when four very different people all move into the same business school dorm. Meet the main four unforgettable characters in Monkey Business: Layla, Jamie, Kimmy and Russ. They all have just started school at Connecticut University’s Business school, LWBS. Jamie is the resident “funny nice guy” with an unrequited crush – on Kimmy, the gorgeous party-girl who can’t make up her mind what she wants. Layla is from a rich, upstanding family, and she is a workaholic to boot. Russ has a girlfriend back home in Canada whom he can’t quite seem to stay faithful to. Continue reading Review: Monkey Business

Review: Are You In The Mood?


Are You In The Mood?
by Stephanie Lehmann
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Camille, heroine of Are You in the Mood?, is a 30-something-year-old actress working off Broadway, living in NYC and trying to get her big break. She lives on her own in a tiny apartment, and is doing fine, but somehow knows that her life isn’t complete. She has just met a new guy named Daniel, a responsible, caring man, if a little on the boring side. Camille thinks she is happy with him, but not exceedingly so.

One night, an important critic from the NY Times sits in the audience of the play she is currently acting in. Continue reading Review: Are You In The Mood?

Review: Adored


Adored
by Tilly Bagshawe
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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I confess to enjoying rich, glamorous, dishy novels filled with cold and calculating characters from time to time. I anticipated that Adored would be such a novel, especially from the author’s note on the back cover.

There are many characters in this novel, but one major one seems to be Siena McMahon, a spoiled, beautiful girl. Shipped off to boarding school in England, she plots her escape and tries (unsuccessfully) to get expelled. Continue reading Review: Adored

Review: Frenemies


Frenemies
by Megan Crane
reviewed by Kelly Y. Smith, Guest reviewer
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Augusta “Gus” Curtis is fast approaching her (gasp!) thirtieth birthday and she’s feeling pretty good about where she is in her life. She’s dating Nate, a long-time friend, has her two besties, Georgia and Amy Lee, by her side, loves her job as a librarian for a quirky, out of the way museum and adores her one bedroom apartment that’s chock full of college memorabilia. But when, with a little help from Nate’s roommate, Henry, she discovers Nate kissing Helen (her old college roommate and friend), she falls apart like so many girls before her when confronted Continue reading Review: Frenemies

Review: Starlit


Starlit
by Lisa Rinna
reviewed by Kelly Y. Smith, Guest Reviewer
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Starlit finds Tally Jones, a young, beautiful, auburn haired waitress/actress trying to make it in the glittery world of Hollywood. Accompanied by her friends, Mandy and Sadie, they all take the required acting classes and wait on the stars at high profile Hollywood functions, convinced that if they can all just get one shot, they’ll make it in Hollywood. Well, not so surprisingly, Tally, Sadie and Mandy each get their shot, albeit in different ways. Tally, being the main character, quickly gets discovered and makes her way to the upper echelons of the Hollywood rich and famous. Continue reading Review: Starlit

Review: Can You Keep A Secret?


Can You Keep A Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Sophie Kinsella is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. I was excited when “Can You Keep a Secret?” came out. Somehow I knew that it would be as good as the Shopaholic series – and I was right! It was a fantastically funny and touching read.

The main character, Emma Corrigan, is your normal 25-year old and somewhat-insecure woman. She is trying to get a promotion at work, has a fantastic boyfriend, and is very happy with life, or so she thinks. On an extremely turbulent flight back from a business trip from Glasgow, Emma’s secrets unwillingly spill out to a total stranger next to her. Continue reading Review: Can You Keep A Secret?

Review: True Love (And Other Lies)


True Love (and Other Lies)
by Whitney Gaskell
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Clare Spencer, main heroine of True Love and Other Lies, is a travel writer – but not the glamorous kind. She works for a magazine called “Sassy Seniors”, and gets stuck traveling to places that are suitable mainly for senior citizens. Not only that, but the slightly sarcastic and witty twist she injects into the articles she writes are always being shot down by her editor. The story starts with Clare boarding a plane and getting stuck sitting next to an irate Indian woman who keeps complaining non-stop to her husband seated behind her, but the guy sitting next to the woman’s husband offers to switch seats. Continue reading Review: True Love (And Other Lies)

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