I received a copy of The Job Proposal by Wendy Chen in exchange for a review of my honest opinion.
When I began this book, I’ll admit that I didn’t immediately take a shine to the main character, Katie. Despite her together, Sex and the City lifestyle, her single-minded focus on success and unwillingness to form attachments with the men she slept with made it hard to connect with her. She definitely wasn’t a warm, fuzzy character. Her ‘Legacy Friend’ (read the book, you’ll definitely know the type!) Adam, however, was boyishly charming and adorable from the get go. His ability to see the ‘real’ Katie was what convinced me to give her a chance, and keep reading!
Through Adam’s eyes, we see how Katie’s life growing up led her to put up walls around herself and not take them down for anyone. After so long, she doesn’t even remember putting any up, and Adam settles in for the long haul as he steadily starts chipping away at them. As he makes progress, Katie begins to share tidbits of insight into herself too. The finance shark who would do anything for a place in the company hierarchy loosens her chignon and looses the stilettos as she gradually remembers just how great being herself could be.
I’m always a fan of chick lit that’s told from both the main female and male perspectives. Perhaps it adds a layer of depth to the story, I’m not quite sure! In this case, it was definitely Adam that drew me in to the story, not Katie, which is unusual for chick lit. However, as the book progressed, Katie became a more complex, interesting character, and I wanted to know what she would do.
As ever, when I sat down to write this review and tried to summarise the plot in a few sentences, I realised that it was a fairly typical chick lit plot: girl thinks she’s happy without a man, but eventually can’t resist falling for her adorable platonic friend… a subcategory of chick lit’s leading theme: ‘love will find you when you least expect it’. That said, it’s not the happy ending that makes us read the book. Sure, it’s nice to go to sleep and not be crying because your favourite character just died in a fiery car crash – but it’s more about the journey, and HOW the main character overcame whatever issues she was dealing with and lives happily ever after. Let’s face it, we all empathise with many of those issues in our own lives, and it’s nice to read a story where everything ends well!
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