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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

REVIEW for Fifty is not a Four-Letter Word

A big thank you goes out to Miriam at Hachette Books for sending this one out to me!!!

TITLE: Fifty is not a Four-Letter Word
AUTHOR: Linda Kelsey
GENRE: Contemporary Fiction
RATING: 3 Stars


I was thrilled to be able to get a copy of Fifty is not a four letter word, written by Linda Kelsey. As I, myself, am not yet 50 years old! however, I find myself looking for chick lit that now features 40 and 50 year old characters. First of all, this is not really chick lit - which kind of disappointed me right off the bat. This is my mistake since I obviously did not read the book description. Having said that, however, and once I got over the whole 'darn, this is not a chick lit' thing - I did sit down and read through the book.

This book is extremely well-written. Author Kelsey has a keen way of developing and growing her characters and is very good at positioning in a way that tells us that these people are all flawed, yet we find ourselves liking them despite these flaws. The strength in this book is definitely the strongly written characters and their development. The storyline, however, is both typical and full of angst - which kind of made this book more difficult for me to enjoy.

Hope, our main character seems to be dealing with too many things at once and although this may be reflecting reality somewhat, I was hoping to read a little more uplifting storyline, one where the main character enjoyed 'smelling the roses' a little bit and was not so angst ridden.

I did enjoy this book so I rated it 3 stars


Anonymous said...

Well, that's an interesting question: what would you call it as a genre if it *were* "chick lit"?

bermudaonion said...

I enjoyed this one. It made me sit back and reflect on why we women are so hard on ourselves.

Wall-to-wall books said...

I've heard of this book.
And see, I thought it was a chick-lit book too.

Tina said...

I think that chick lit is actually a genre (in my opinion) anyway.

Reyna Meinhardt said...

Thanks for the review, it looks neat!

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