Book Review: Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City – Holly Denham

Title: Holly’s Inbox: Scandal in the City
Author: Holly Denham
ISBN: 9781402241147
Pages: 544
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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!

Comments

  1. When I stopped to think about it, I totally agreed with you about Holly’s behavior. I think I just read this book so quickly and didn’t spend much time thinking about her actions. Just a fun read for me with lots of chuckles.

  2. When I stopped to think about it, I totally agreed with you about Holly’s behavior. I think I just read this book so quickly and didn’t spend much time thinking about her actions. Just a fun read for me with lots of chuckles.

  3. I used to read a TON of chick-lit and then somewhere a while back I stopped reading it all together. I don’t even think i had a reason why…I just became interested in other things. But I think enough time has passed that I could really enjoy getting back into the genre again. And I’ve read a lot of chick-lit reviews recently that peaked my interest. Despite the anti-climactic ending, I’ll add this to my list of “books to try”!

  4. I used to read a TON of chick-lit and then somewhere a while back I stopped reading it all together. I don’t even think i had a reason why…I just became interested in other things. But I think enough time has passed that I could really enjoy getting back into the genre again. And I’ve read a lot of chick-lit reviews recently that peaked my interest. Despite the anti-climactic ending, I’ll add this to my list of “books to try”!

  5. I didn’t even think about all the drinking Holly did – I guess I kind of glossed over it because of the book’s format. I probably enjoyed this one more than you did.

  6. I didn’t even think about all the drinking Holly did – I guess I kind of glossed over it because of the book’s format. I probably enjoyed this one more than you did.

  7. I don’t read all that much chicklit or even romance anymore. I was even in an online reading group for it at one point! This sounds like it would have fit in nicely though.

  8. I don’t read all that much chicklit or even romance anymore. I was even in an online reading group for it at one point! This sounds like it would have fit in nicely though.

  9. I have been reading good reports of this book all over the place, and I think it sounds like something that would make a great lighter read for me. I am sorry that you had a little trouble connecting with Holly in this second book though, and will keep your comments in mind when I do get the chance to read it!

  10. I have been reading good reports of this book all over the place, and I think it sounds like something that would make a great lighter read for me. I am sorry that you had a little trouble connecting with Holly in this second book though, and will keep your comments in mind when I do get the chance to read it!

  11. I’m reading this one now and really liking it! Holly’s Inbox was such a guilty pleasure read for me, and this one is much the same… just pure, quick fun. You’re right: even though it’s more than 500 pages, they go by in a snap. I read 100 on my lunch break alone.

  12. I’m reading this one now and really liking it! Holly’s Inbox was such a guilty pleasure read for me, and this one is much the same… just pure, quick fun. You’re right: even though it’s more than 500 pages, they go by in a snap. I read 100 on my lunch break alone.

  13. I really want this and te prequel too!

  14. I really want this and te prequel too!

  15. It’s been a long time since I read any really FUN chick-lit. In spite of your somewhat lukewarm review, I think I will enjoy this one and the prequel too 🙂

  16. It’s been a long time since I read any really FUN chick-lit. In spite of your somewhat lukewarm review, I think I will enjoy this one and the prequel too 🙂

  17. I enjoyed Holly’s Inbox, but from your review I think I could skip this one. I’ve had a similar experience with other chick lit books, the first is good, but the author can’t resist making a sequel that turns the main character into a cliche.

  18. I enjoyed Holly’s Inbox, but from your review I think I could skip this one. I’ve had a similar experience with other chick lit books, the first is good, but the author can’t resist making a sequel that turns the main character into a cliche.

  19. I thought this book was a lot of fun and didn’t take it too seriously, but what you say about Holly’s drinking was true. It was a bit much and I can see why Toby was put off by it.

  20. I thought this book was a lot of fun and didn’t take it too seriously, but what you say about Holly’s drinking was true. It was a bit much and I can see why Toby was put off by it.

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