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A Summer Read with a Useful Message

  • Jul 4, 2010

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella is a good book and would be the perfect summer read. It is not a "thinker", it is written much like Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. I read the whole series and I actually liked this book better because the decisions of the main character did not frustrate me. Kinsella actually published this book under her real name, Madeline Wickham in the early 90s but the book was not met with much praise, I think this is because her name was yet not well-known.

The book's main character, Samantha Sweeting, feels completely overwhelmed in her job as a lawyer and is semi-forced into a major career move. This part of the book is far-fetched, so just go with it because it was written to lead to the main plot of the story. Overall, Kinsella’s message is that having a prestigious, high-paying job does not mean you will be happy.
Samantha begins to understand more about herself because of the people she meets and the new situations she experiences. Samantha’s job involves her moving to a small, rural area where she meets new people, one of them is a handsome gardener. I found the characters to be fairly stereotypical but this is what I expected from this author.

Although the book was predictable, Samantha is a young, funny character. I wanted to see her be successful in her search for happiness and rooted for her until the end. Overall, the book met my expectations.I doubt the book will be praised as a classic of the generation of years from now, but it is a good book to pick up for a laugh and a positive message. 

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review by . July 24, 2010
         Really. That really was a romance. I should have known better but I guess I had my hopes too high for such a well written book. I guess everything that seems extraordinary was, in the end, ordinary.      Anyhow, seriously speaking, I started reading this book at a waiting room and I was totally hooked by it. I finished it in two days straight and, even though I didn't really like the ending, it was a highly enjoyable read.  The …
review by . August 09, 2010
        Sophie Kinsella is great for a funny, casual read, and The Undomestic Goddess delivers just that.        Any one who has had a tough time making a decision should get a kick out of this book, but I would say it is geared for the 20-40 year old women.        The Undomestic Goddess is set in England, partly in a high pressure law firm, and partly in a tucked away village. The …
review by . June 13, 2008
I always have trouble reading on planes because I get distracted/anxious to get wherever I am going. However, on my recent 17 hour flight to Thailand, I knew that I best find something that could keep my attention for at least some length of time. This was the perfect book to do that!    I had an absolute blast reading about the life of Samantha Sweeting. While the book is somewhat frivolous/light hearted, it is still well written, funny and even at times, suspenseful. Kudos …
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Author: The Undomestic Goddess
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Dial Press Trade
Date Published: April 2006
ISBN: 0385338694
Format: Paperback
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