Monday, October 17, 2016

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

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Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 292
My rating: 3 stars
Ages: 18+

Molly is a divorcee in her late 30s. For her job she writes strange features for an online magazine; in her free time she watches Nicolas Cage movies with her boyfriend. Everything is fine until Molly is assigned an article on love--a la Nora Ephron. Suddenly, her cynicism and her relationship are called into question. Add into that a frustrating mystery writer and Molly's life is becoming a chick flick of her own.

I love Nora Ephron movies; chick flicks just aren't made the way that she made them. They didn't feel silly or over the top, just about two people and their journey to love. That's kind of how this book is. It may not have the finesse or ease of Ephron's writing, and it may be a bit predictable, but, as Molly says in the book, it's the journey to the happy ending that's important.

I actually found this book refreshing, in a way. In a world that seems to need hard language and steamy sex scenes in order to find anything interesting, Yellin went back to the basics. She used storylines, characters, plot, and inferences instead.

The love story may not have made me go all gooey like some, but it was a nice read.

Two instances of the f-word and references to sex and sex-related acts.

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