Monday, March 30, 2015
The Break-Up Artist, by Philip Siegel
I hated the story and loved the author. The premise (and Becca's behavior) were a big turn-off. As becomes apparent pretty quickly, she's got serious underlying motivations for her bitterness, yet doesn't really come clean about them. The business itself, while intended to be biting satire, is mostly mean spirited (as is weakly brought up in the end). However, the writing is another matter. Siegel is, to me, a heroic author: completely busting the stereotype that boys can't write chick-lit. This isn't just a story where all the major characters are girls, but also a story about girls' relationships first and foremost. If anything, Siegel could be accused of poorly portraying his male characters (who are creeps at best, and overwhelmingly two dimensional). I want to read much more from this guy!