Booze & Book Reviews
By Elinor Lipman
Book Rating: 2.5 out of 5 boozy stars
This book was my book club's April Book of the Month. I went into reading it with high expectations. The book's blurb lead me to think that I was about to dive into a cute, hilarious read about a lawyer who is sentenced to home confinement after being caught having sex on the roof with her younger coworker. Instead, the book that sounded like it was full of humor and cute romance only made me chuckle once and the romance was awkward and rushed.
The novel features a main character, Jane, with an identical twin sister, which means that of course every twin stereotype is thrown in. (Identical twins; always competing; everyone has to mention that they are identical; both J names; parents told to treat them as individuals and not twins...) Jane's problems throughout the novel are solved too easily and her growth from the beginning to the end seems very rushed.
The romance in the novel gave me pause. The character's relationship is bland and kind of weird in some parts. For example, the man wears a tux on the night they schedule to first have sex. That could have been hilarious, but instead it came off as extremely awkward and slightly weird. The romance is rushed overall and could have had a nice slow burn, but the main character does not even find the leading male attractive until after her twin sister flirts with him. Very strange.
Lastly, there is a lot of random plot thrown in about the woman who calls the police on Jane, and the people across the street who owned the pent house the woman lived in. Overall, this was a fast read that lacked substance and was honestly just missing so much humor that could have taken this read from a 2.5 to a 4.
What booze pairs well with this novel?
Vodka & Sprite
Booze Rating: 2 out of 5 boozy stars
In my opinion this novel did not have much substance, therefore I paired it with a drink that requires very little ingredients and is pretty basic. Like the book, this combination is one that many people love, but I just required more.