#Toots by Linh Le James #Review @LinhLeJames

Posted July 3, 2019 by Loredana in 2019, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Loredana, Our Review, Romantic Comedy / 0 Comments

#Toots by Linh Le James #Review @LinhLeJames#Toots by Linh Le James
Published by Amazon Digital Services on January 1st 1970
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Pages: 379

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A British non-romantic comedy built on white lies, pink elephants and grey areas.
LONDON: Four sisters swipe left on everything they hate in their life, one cocktail at a time.
Louise dreams of an exotic lifestyle, miles away from Hackney. Nick comes along. Famous, fit, funny and filthy rich. Louise will stop at nothing to seduce him.
Louise will fake it till she makes it. All the way to the ka-ching bling ring. But the little white lies soon snowball into a mountain Louise’s Louboutins can’t climb.
Jess juggles work, two babies, a cheating husband and nannies from hell. Carla goes on a bender, and wakes up next to her young assistant. Freddie.Emily is getting over her cheating ex by throwing herself into the dating scene.
When work, dating and proposals…all go wrong, the four sisters’ friendship is their only lifeline.

3.5 stars out of 5

I was a bit torn as to how to write this review. I guess the only way to do it is to break it down by what jived with me and what didn’t (goodness, I sound like a hipster…I’m SO NOT). The story is set up like vignettes following each sister with their distinct twisted brand of humor and coping. Almost like a British version of Sex and the City; bad dates, meeting up with your girls for drinks (in this case, sisters), more bad dates, relationship woes…you name it. So I have to ask myself (lol…a little Carrie Bradshaw there for you), which sister was Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte? I guess you’ll have to read the story to find out. Since the story is set up like vignettes, it does jump frequently from sister to sister. We get to watch them figure out life and their relationships with each out.  There are lots of hilarious moments care of bad dates, but also some sweet, tender ones, as well.

What made the book a bit difficult for me to follow is the setup. Since it was not a traditional tale, I sometimes found it hard to continuously jump from one character and her storyline to the next. It felt like glimpses in their lives rather than the telling of a cohesive tale. But these glimpses were pretty hilarious. But be warned, this is written with a heavy hand of British slang. If you’re not a native Brit, you’ll need to use context or an urban dictionary to decipher some phrases in order to appreciate the full hilarity of the writing.

Overall, I’ll say that I liked it but because I struggled at times to decipher some British terms, it took me out of the reading groove. Good effort by the author and a fun summer read.

~ Review by Loredana

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