Nora is an underling in the publishing world, she followed this career path because she loved reading, but her job has her in a rut. Too much work with not enough pay and zero appreciation on top of work that doesn’t inspire her has her at the end of her rope. She is looking for something that can rocket her into the future she dreams about but every step she takes seems to be in the wrong direction.
I think this one is slightly mis-marketed as a rom-com, there is a love story within but it is not the focus and frankly was distracting from what I thought was the more compelling story, a millennial’s search for meaning, joy and success. I think this is more of a story about mental health, there are several sections that focus on Nora’s suicidal ideation and those pieces were so compelling. Her friends were supportive and the narrative demonstrated well what it is to be living with depression and the inaction driven by anxiety (although I would have liked an appearance of a therapist or the suggestion of one – we didn’t get that til the very end). I appreciated the arc that offered hope while still being wholly realistic.
The love of books and writing as well as the insight to the publishing industry was great. There are some light moments and witty banter, I just think readers should beware that there are some heavy topics within but all are dealt with nicely.
Thanks to MTMC Tours, Orange Sky Audio and the author for the gifted copy of this one. All opinions above are my own.
I know we’re all book lovers here, have any of you ever worked in the book world? I have, my first job in high school was a bookseller at Waldenbooks – I worked there until I left for college.