April 10, 2008

Ask Again Later: Review

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Hurray! I finished a book! I had to take a break from Mansfield Park. I'm finding this Austen tough. I have a theory, but I'll save it for when I finish it. Anyway, I read Ask Again Later by Jill A. Davis in two days. A nice change of pace and an easy read.

Emily is a lawyer on her way up. She has a great guy who's crazy about her. So why does she want to run? The opportunity to drop out announces itself in the form of her mother's proclamation that 'she's dying'. Actually, she has stage one breast cancer, but her mother believes in preparing for the future, even interviewing caterers for the funeral. Emily quits her job and leaves her man hanging to hide from life in her mother's apartment while she undergoes treatment. Unexpectedly, her Dad comes back into her life after leaving them when she was five. He offers her a job and a chance to get to know him and possibly herself. Slowly, Emily starts pulling herself together.

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this. It's not fluffy. It's serious but also down right funny. There were times Emily's procrastination drove me crazy but her dry sense of humour won me over. Emily is a kooky character. Davis wrote for David Letterman and there's definitely that type of comedy in this book:

"Funny, we're both named after Bronte sisters," I say.

"Do they work in the building?" Charlotte asks, while unpacking seven framed photographs of her Yorkie, Lady.

"No, they're...yeah. Yeah. They work in the coffee shop," I say.

I loved Emily's dysfunctionally ordinary family. Her mother's a drama queen who can only dwell on the bad news and never the good. Her Dad is a sweet, awkward guy who is a lot like Emily. And Marjorie, the sister, is a trainwreck waiting to happen. Emily's trips to the shrink, Paul with the wicker daybed, are entertaining. She can't pull the wool over his eyes, no matter how she tries.

I'd recommend anyone who's ever wondered about the role their parents have in their lives as adults to read Ask Again Later. It'll make you laugh and cry at the same time.

Also Reviewed By: 3R's

9 comments :

  1. I got this one in the mail awhile ago, but haven't read it yet. Your review makes me think I should make time for it right away! Thanks for the review.

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  2. Unrelated thing: I plugged your awesome skills as a photographer (or, at least, the skills of your Olympus E-140) today in my blog post. Hope you don't mind the publicity!

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  3. "It'll make you laugh and cry at the same time." Those are my favorite. And as an added plus I like the strange humor of Letterman. Thanks for the review--I'll be looking further into this one.

    Haven't read Mansfield Park, but I do have it sitting on my shelf.

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  4. LOL, I love the bit about the Brontes. Too funny. I might have to lay hands on this one.

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  5. Susan- I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    Rob- Thanks!

    Trish- I'll let you know how I feel about Mansfield Park when I finally finish it.

    Andi- I loved that bit too.

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  6. This one sounds great! Sometimes you need to take an 'easy read' break (different from a 'fluff read' break) just to get those reading juices flowing again

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  7. Raych- Yes, I think I can tackle Mansfield Park again.

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  8. Hi - I came here via the first Weekly Geeks challenge and will be adding you to my feed reader today :) Great review - i hadn't heard of this book before but it's just been added to my wish list.

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  9. I read and reviewed this a few months ago and really enjoyed it, for some of the same reasons you mentioned. It's got more substance and humor than one would expect. Great review - glad you submitted it for the Bookworms Carnival!

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