Love or Something Like It – Deirdre Shaw

Title: Love or Something Like It
Author: Deirdre Shaw
ISBN: 9781400067701
Pages: 256
Release Date: April 14, 2009
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the dust jacket:

When Lacey Brennan meets Toby, a sweet and talented comedian, she impulsively moves across the country to be with him in Los Angeles. Lacey is unsure of what she is looking for out west–love? a new career? an escape from her fractured family?–but is reassured when Toby proposes on her thirtieth birthday. “I was thirty and I finally knew what I was doing,” she says.

In California, which Lacey calls “the edge of the earth,” she has the giddy, anticipatory feeling that anything can happen–opportunity looms large, and her life may yet turn out the way she wants it to. But soon in her marriage with Toby, from their awkward honeymoon in Paris to their desperate attempts to build careers, Lacey knows that something is wrong. Toby, unemployed, becomes a permanent fixture on the couch, and things are no better at Lacey’s TV job, where a pit bull stalks her, colleagues tyrannize her, and her boss hits on her. Meanwhile, her twin brother has dropped off the face of the earth, and Lacey begins to wonder whether she and Toby should start a family if she can’t even figure out her own. It is only after Lacey has given up on both L.A. and love that she gets an unexpected shot at happiness.

I love the direction that chick lit has going recently. With authors like Marisa de los Santos and Julie Buxbaum, it has been taking on a more literary quality. While it’s no longer a fluff genre that people can write off, it retains the lightness and spirit that fans of chick lit have always loved. Love or Something Like It is a wonderful addition to this newly evolving genre.

I loved the character of Lacey. She is so honest throughout the novel and I felt a connection with her from the beginning (after the confusing first chapter – more on this later). I read the novel because I wanted to know what would happen to her and wanted to make sure she would be okay. I really cared about her. Toby, on the other hand, was not so endearing. I really just wanted to give him a swift kick in the rear end.

Deirdre Shaw’s writing in Love or Something Like It is simply beautiful. Her prose is simple and stark, conveying emotion with every word she chose to put on the page. It really takes the novel to the next level.

The book gets off to a very rocky start. Throughout the first chapter, I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with Love or Something Like It. It’s out of character with the rest of the book. It presents a shallow main character whose concerns are very much on the surface; only after reading a good portion of the novel did I understand that first part. If you read the book and view the first chapter with disdain, give Love or Something Like It another chance and keep reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed Love or Something Like It and definitely recommend it to any fan of chick lit. If you aren’t a chick lit fan, the literary quality of this novel might still appeal to you. It’s a well-written and insightful book about one woman’s journey through life.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review!

Comments

  1. This looks like a great summer read!

  2. This looks like a great summer read!

  3. I love chick lit and don’t think of it as fluff at all. This sounds like a good one. 🙂

  4. I love chick lit and don’t think of it as fluff at all. This sounds like a good one. 🙂

  5. I agree with Julie – this sounds like a great book to take to the beach.

  6. I agree with Julie – this sounds like a great book to take to the beach.

  7. This looks like a good read. I like the cover-so simple, but eye catching.

  8. This looks like a good read. I like the cover-so simple, but eye catching.

  9. I, too, have noticed the evolution of chick lit, and I’m liking it more these days. Thanks for the review. This one sounds good.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  10. I, too, have noticed the evolution of chick lit, and I’m liking it more these days. Thanks for the review. This one sounds good.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  11. The storyline sounds a bit bleak to me but you sold me with your review. I need to add this to my list.

  12. The storyline sounds a bit bleak to me but you sold me with your review. I need to add this to my list.

  13. Sounds like a good one and I was interested in your views of chick lit.

  14. Sounds like a good one and I was interested in your views of chick lit.

  15. Sounds like I should put this on my list!
    🙂
    <3Nisha
    http://www.nisha-sharma.com/blog

  16. Sounds like I should put this on my list!
    🙂
    <3Nisha
    http://www.nisha-sharma.com/blog

  17. I am definitely adding this to my TBR list… thanks for the review.

  18. I am definitely adding this to my TBR list… thanks for the review.

  19. Not a huge chick lit fan but Lacey’s story is still calling to me. Thanks for the review =)

  20. Not a huge chick lit fan but Lacey’s story is still calling to me. Thanks for the review =)

  21. Although I’m not a huge fan of chick lit, I do like the ones with a more literary bent. You’ll have to put books like this on your list for me!

  22. Although I’m not a huge fan of chick lit, I do like the ones with a more literary bent. You’ll have to put books like this on your list for me!

  23. I just prepped my review of this to run sometime in the next week. I really liked the book, too, and, like you, I want to define it as something other than chick lit.

    Lacey seems so REAL, I wonder if the novel is at all based on Shaw’s personal experiences in LA.

  24. I just prepped my review of this to run sometime in the next week. I really liked the book, too, and, like you, I want to define it as something other than chick lit.

    Lacey seems so REAL, I wonder if the novel is at all based on Shaw’s personal experiences in LA.

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