Friday, March 7, 2014

#61 : A Life Less Ordinary by Victoria Bernadine : A Review


BOOK TITLE: A Life Less Ordinary

ISBN: 9780991810208

GENRE: Fiction – Chic Lit


FORMAT: Digital


REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy sent as a part of Buy the book tours

SUMMARY : For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she's questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she's passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny's life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she's quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she's leaving town on a six month road trip. After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she's joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke's true goal is to expose Manny's journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus. Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny's on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride


The book seemed just the sort of book I would want to read when I am down in dumps. When I actually finished reading the book I sort of felt bland. In sense, It didn’t create that big impact which I sort of expected it to. But then the book wasn’t that bad too.

The writer has done a fantastic job with Manny & Zeke’s characterisation.  I loved the way the writer handled this whole mid life crisis issue. If you ask me the whole concept of mid life crisis is overrated.  I’ve know people having a nervous breakdown and even other serious health ailments. Such people should take a page out of this book.

One thing I absolutely loved about the book is portrayal of relationships. Be it the friendship between Zeke and TJ or the relationship between Rebecca and Tris. The writer surely values relationships a lot and that has reflected in her book.

The other thing that stood out was the way in which parallel stories were woven. There are a lot of characters with their own story, weaving them cohesively is no easy feat. The writer has worked here magic and woven them beautifully.

The writing was simple and clean. The book was certainly a page turner in spite of that breezy genre that it belonged to.

I do have a few complaints – Manny’s reaction to Zeke’s betrayal could have been a wee bit more emotional.

Also, the ending, I felt it lacked a proper closure. A closure for Manny’s mid life crisis.

Overall, NEAT would be the word to describe the book.

VERDICT: Why not?! A good light neat nice read!

RATING: 4 on 5

Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a “woman of a certain age”. After twenty-something years of writer’s block, she began writing again in 2008. She began with fanfiction about a (now-cancelled) TV show called Jericho and particularly about the characters of Heather Lisinski and Edward Beck. From there, she expanded into writing original fic and she hasn’t stopped since. Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody’s guess.Victoria’s real first name is ShirleyAnn, and she is also the founder of Love of Words Publishing Inc.  Her initial goal with the publishing company was to expand to publishing other people’s work instead of (or in addition to) her own.  The future is, as always, uncertain.She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt). A Life Less Ordinary is the first novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback & Kindle

PRICE: Rs.332 (Kindle)


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


  1. I'm not sure how I missed stopping by on Friday, but hopefully it's better late than never! :) Thanks so much for hosting me, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

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