Title: Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City
Author: Holly Denham
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City picks up a few months after Holly’s Inbox. Holly Denham is still a receptionist at a British bank and is dating Toby. Her family is still a bit of a disaster, but all in all, things are going well for Holly. But of course, that can’t last and once again Holly is plunged into the drama of life.
Like its prequel, Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City is written in email format, so though it’s almost 550 pages, it’s not long by any stretch of the imagination. The email format makes it incredibly easy to read and gives the reader glimpses of what’s going on in Holly’s life without completely immersing them in the story.
Unfortunately, Holly didn’t appeal to me in this novel quite as much as she did in Holly’s Inbox. I still found her quirky and funny, and I did enjoy her attitude and how well she handled difficult issues. Her sense of humor is great, as she’s very witty. However, I couldn’t blame Toby for keeping Holly at an arm’s length. Her tendency to get blackout drunk every weekend was a little ridiculous. I wouldn’t say that Holly had a drinking problem, just that she had no sense of self-control. I found myself rolling my eyes every time a Monday morning email would discuss Holly (a) being found drunk and almost passed out on the street (b) oversharing with her coworkers because she was so drunk or (c) inviting random strangers over to her house because she was so drunk. It just seemed very immature to me.
However, Holly cleaned up her behavior about halfway through the novel, and that was a welcome change. It made the book much more fun to read. I have to admit that the email format made the ending a little anti-climactic – I would have love to read about exactly what happened in all its gory detail! Still, the resolution to the story was extremely satisfying and I’m glad that events played out like they did. While Holly’s behavior bothered me, I’m still glad I read Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City. If you’re planning on reading these, I’d recommend doing it in order – since this one is a sequel, it spoils events in the first book!