Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

From the acclaimed author of The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs comes a witty, honest novel, perfectly seasoned with both humor and heart, about daring to bite into the life you really want...

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not with eating it--though she does that too--but with writing about the wonders of the gastronomic world, from obscure fruit hybrids to organic farming techniques. Since food journalism jobs are more coveted than Cronuts®, Sydney pays her bills working for one of TV's biggest egomaniacs--until she's left scrambling for shifts at a local farmers' market.

Stacking muffins for the Wild Yeast Bakery isn't going to win her any James Beard awards. But soon Sydney is writing the market's weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of putting her love life into deep freeze, she's even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot at the story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a crisp--along with her relationship and her reputation...

Received for review.

I was actually quite surprised by this since I'm not normally big on the whole Chick Lit thing.  The characters were well formed and believable and the entire story had a nice pace to it.

I have to admit that I didn't like Sydney though.  At all.  She was, frankly, a bit of a bitch.  Her career was more important to her than her loved ones and she didn't care who else she hurt on her way up the ladder.  Her attempts are reparations were just too little too late in my mind.

Overall this was a good quality read and reminiscent of The Mindy Project - if Mindy had a Grinch sized heart.  If you enjoy reading about female characters with serious personality flaws then I definitely recommend this.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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StephTheBookworm said...

Oooh, this one's been on my TBR list so I'm glad to hear you liked it AND that it reminded of you of The Mindy Project... my favorite!

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