I have enjoyed Hope in a Jar a while ago, so, as a consequent, I have also tried with Secrets of a Shoe Addict, Thin, Rich, Pretty, and Always Something There to Remind Me. I pondered quite a bit if to waste even more time and write this review or not. I will try to be objective.

I am not a teenager, I have accumulated a rather vast vocabulary since my keenest interest involves writing professionally, and I have a wide imagination. If you belong to any of these three categories, stay away from this book. You will be endlessly annoyed by the lack of it all.

Otherwise, you might enjoy the light topic, the back and forth in time, the advice of a far more sensible teenage character than the reckless ridiculous grown up exclusively driven by sex with no regard to anyone around her (and I would have hoped for a glimpse of greatness in the fact that there is no hint of blame, maybe the creation of a complex character who is so self absorbed that does not realise the damage produced whilst trailing off… had I not heard the author speak about the book…).

There is a lot of going back and forth, this is what tired Beth Harbison that she had to find the work “excruciating”. The main character, I believe Erin, (I would not vow for it, nor go back and verify) had a lot of sex at sixteen initially, then fifteen, as the author changed her mind and did not care to correct the initial input, with one guy. Multiple sex scenes where they undress and the big word “labia” is used, everything else being cheap sex talk language (or “chat with your soul mate” if you were to believe all the sordid commercials on TV). Then, main character, broke up with love of her life (equalling first sex and then lots of sex in our case) and we find out how by constantly hearing her reminisce over teen age years, as all the way through till middle age she did not enjoy sex as badly with anyone else.

Please excuse me: I fail to be objective. I cannot believe that someone with so much lack of everything could be a bestselling author; there must be plenty of dupes like me out there who fall for it. Anyway. If you insist on getting this, at least chose the audio version and knit, do your nails, clean the house… although I can recommend plenty of audio books that would instantly grip your attention and make you gain wonderful insight.

I also find the intended connection with Naked Eyes’ Always Something There To Remind Me cheesy and cheap. The song and the video clip are likewise, and I wish I listened and watched before selecting the book.

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