Title: Holly’s Inbox
Author: Holly Denham
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Holly Denham is starting a brand new job as a receptionist at a bank – but she has no idea what she’s getting herself into! Follow four months in the course of Holly’s life as she adjusts to her new job, gets to know her hilarious co-workers (especially her co-receptionist, Trish), deals with family squabbles, conducts a secret office romance, and tries valiantly to get a broken washing machine unit removed from her basement apartment – all via e-mail!
I’ve actually known about Holly’s Inbox for a lot longer than the book has been out in the US. Back when the book was first being released in the UK, there was a marketing tool in which you could actually log into Holly’s Inbox and watch the e-mails come and go in real-time! I used to absolutely love logging in and getting to know Holly more and more through her e-mails. (though Holly was obviously on UK time, so by the time I got to the site in the morning, most of the day’s e-mails had already been sent). However, the inbox only revealed the first 1/4 or so of the book, so I was at a loss when it ended. I had gotten used to my daily fix of Holly – how would I cope, not knowing how her story turned out since the book hadn’t been released in the US?
Well, Sourcebooks has solved my problem by releasing Holly’s Inbox in the US! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the character of Holly again through her e-mails and finally figuring out what happened to her! Though it doesn’t seem like you’d get to know a person through their e-mails, that’s not the case with this book. The author includes enough personal e-mails (and hilarious responses to spam) that the reader really gets a sense of Holly’s quirky personality. It’s like reading e-mails between friends!
The secondary characters in Holly’s Inbox were also great. The reader gets to know Trisha best, even gets a peek at her inbox a few times in the novel, but I don’t think she was my favorite. I think that honor would have to go to Jason, Holly’s gay best friend who works at a hotel. Jason is sweet and really cares about Holly, but he’s also got a wicked sense of humor, and his obsession with celebrity gossip is hilarious. I came away from this novel feeling as if I really knew Holly’s friends!
Though the length of the book seems daunting, it’s really not. The e-mail format is incredibly creative – it’s surprising that no one has thought of it before! It makes the book seem a lot longer than it really is. Once you get to reading, the pages flip by incredibly quickly, much faster than a normal novel!
I thoroughly enjoyed every second I spent with Holly’s Inbox, and I think any fan of chick lit (especially Brit chick lit!) will feel the same. I know that the author released a sequel to Holly’s Inbox in the UK – dare we hope for the same in the US?