I know you’ve done it. We all have. Said yes. Yes to help your friends. Your family. To take on extra work. We all do it, because we all want to be there for the ones we care about, but sometimes it’s at the cost of ourselves and our sanity. Michele Gorman‘s romantic comedy, Perfect Girl, examines the struggle of the overcommitted while taking the reader on a humorous ride.
Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the “W” in banker.
How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?
The book starts with a bang! Carol, the supposedly perfect girl, is being carted off by the police. My attention was captured from page one, and then Gorman takes you back to find out what happened. Carol works in the testosterone-filled world of trading. Had I not seen the Wolf of Wall street this year, I would have though that Gorman exaggerated the men… but somehow I think that little world is a bubble of insanity, so she probably has it down pat. Her co-workers are grotesque, but she’s managed to create a little piece of the finance world that she loves, Green T, a system that supports shares in green industry.
You can tell that Carol is a smart cookie, so I have to say that when you’re introduced to current boyfriend Ben, I did feel that he wasn’t going to be “the guy”. He works late. He forgets to call.It’s not that he doesn’t have some great qualities, but he’s not exciting. This is pretty typical with most novels where the heroine starts off in the relationship – you know he can’t end up being the one.
What I loved about this book was that Gorman delved into why Carol overcommits, giving every ounce of energy she has to everyone but herself. A lot of women will connect with Carol, realizing how much they themselves relate their busy-ness with self-worth. Spoiler-alert. It’s great to see Carol start to stand up for herself in the end! Best revenge on a cheater ever.
I was surprised to learn that Gorman had a previous novel with Carol as the protagonist, but it’s written in such a way that you don’t miss a bit. This quality was reminiscent of Kinsella’s first three Shopaholic books for me – I should know, I picked up the third in an airport and only found out at the end of the flight that I had two more prequels of joy awaiting me.
At the end of the day, what I liked most about the book was the witty one liners. As an aspiring writer of romantic comedies, I appreciate the work to create comedy in the twist of a few words and Gorman is a skilled wordsmith.
Check back next week for a quick interview with Michele Gorman.
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.