GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: “The Job Proposal” by Wendy Chen

The Job Proposal Book Cover The Job Proposal
Wendy Chen
Chick Lit
198

All's fair in love and work.

Kate is enjoying being engaged—that it's a hoax is beside the point. To succeed at her ultra-conservative finance job she needs to reform her flighty, party-girl reputation, and a good old fashioned marriage of convenience is exactly what she needs to put her one step closer to the promotion of her dreams. But when Adam, Kate's best friend from high school, arrives for a visit, her perfect arrangement suddenly isn't so perfect anymore.

The nerdy boy she remembers from her teen years has grown into a gorgeous and successful man, and he's vying for her affection. Soon all the things Kate thinks she wants will change, and everything she doesn't know she needs, she may not be able to live without.

But will she be able to let down the walls she’s built to guard her heart and trade her fierce independence for love?

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!

You can find this book on Amazon OR you can enter the giveaway below for the chance to win a digital copy for yourself! This is my first giveaway, I’m pretty excited!

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  • http://amberlyandjoe.blogspot.com/ Amberly

    Books like this are my favorite! 🙂

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      Awesome! You should enter the giveaway – there’s a good chance you could win a copy for yourself! 🙂

  • Ruthy T.

    lol..i haven’t actually read a book since my daughter was born!

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      Oh my goodness! I look forward to when she’s old enough to amuse herself for long enough to let you relax with a book :p

  • http://thelaurawayblog.blogspot.com/ Laura Elizabeth

    ooh, this looks interesting!

  • http://hellohive.blogspot.com Sarah McConnell

    Sounds like this would make a good beach read! I like light, fun reading in the summer.

  • http://www.celeryandcupcakes.com/ Jemma Andrew

    Sounds like a great read! 🙂

  • http://www.pinkonthecheek.com/ Lauren

    Looks like a fun book to read at the beach!

  • http://www.lipstickandlullabies.ca Rebekah

    Sounds interesting! Great review!

  • Kristine Foley

    I love reading but literally haven’t read a book since my girl’s were born! Crazy!

  • http://www.myrabev.blogspot.co.uk/ Mia Myrabev

    Too many chick flicks to mentioned, I love it’s review and agree with your summary as I too love the good ending but most importantly how they get to it. Because I love such books I have entered the giveaway x

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      Thanks so much for stopping by and entering the giveaway! I hope you like the book 🙂

  • http://www.alyssadawsonblog.com Lyssadawson

    I seriously love finding new books to read!!! Loooove!

  • Deidre || Love, The Skinnys

    OH! This looks great!

  • Sharon

    I am always looking for new authors and this book sounds like it would be a great way to spend a day.

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      Definitely worth a read 🙂 I hope you like it!

  • http://www.simplyadventurous.com Leanna Ranieri

    I love reading books like this! Sounds like an awesome read!

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      Great! I hope you get the chance to read it 🙂

  • Christine Mondy

    I don’t remember the last chick lit book I read. I did like the Nanny Diaries a long time ago lol.

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      I loved that book, the little boy was so adorable! Did you know there was a sequel?

  • http://www.celeryandcupcakes.com/ Jemma Andrew

    I love to take out the time out to read, sounds like a great book!

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  • http://tanejasbride.com Shipra Taneja

    Oh! This book looks fantastic! <3

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      It was! You should definitely check it out 🙂

  • Deidre || Love, The Skinnys

    I love books like this!

  • http://ambernicoleblog.com Amber

    I need a new book + time to focus and read! Adding this to my “to read” list

  • Starr Villandry

    Sounds like a great summer read!
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  • Camesha

    Great review. Sounds like a good read. Glad you warmed up to her. 🙂

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      It’s just like real life; sometimes you just need a while to warm up to someone!

  • http://www.beawarriorqueen.com/ Raewyn Smith

    This book sounds so good! I need to add it to my list.

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      It’s a great summer read 🙂 I hope you like it!

  • http://betsygettis.blogspot.com Betsy Gettis

    I have to admit I don’t have a favorite “chick lit” read…unless Mindy Kaling’s book counts…I laughed the entire way through that!

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      I haven’t read that one, but have heard great things! I’ll have to put it on my (ever-growing) list.

  • http://itsemmaelise.com/ Emma Tilton

    I loved the Gossip Girl series when I was younger. Does that count as chick lit?!

    ♥Emma, of It’s Emma Elise

    • http://annabelandalice.com Annabel Krantz

      Definitely counts! Plus, it’s now chick-lit TV, which is even better!