Tepid sitcom from the prolific Margolis (Apocalipstick, 2003, etc). Not one of her best.


Low-wattage Bridget Jones knock-off about a young Irishwoman who finds love and professional advancement once she breaks a few rules.

Dubliner Cyn Fishbein is too nice for her own good. Thirty-two and single, she works as a junior copywriter at a “cutting edge” ad agency and hangs out with her pals: Hugh, a gay would-be writer from a posh but moneyless family, and Harmony, a former model and wildly successful hair-stylist worried about turning 40 without a child. Cyn is also still close to her typically eccentric but lovable family, as interminable pages of visits home attest. Despite a full recovery, her mother’s bout with cancer when Cyn and her brother were kids has scarred Cyn by making her too eager to please—as Cyn’s therapy group leader Veronica has told her many times. Then Cyn discovers that her co-worker and main competition for a senior copywriting position, Chelsea Roggenfelder, is out to get her. First, Chelsea, the daughter of an American advertising mogul, maneuvers Cyn into driving a car plastered with advertisements for a hemorrhoid ointment. Then Chelsea steals Cyn’s brilliant idea for a major ad campaign for a new low-fat doughnut. When Chelsea ends up hospitalized after a yoga accident, Cyn finds herself breaking a few rules as she impersonates Chelsea with the doughnut people in order to prove that she, not Chelsea, came up with the campaign. Meanwhile, a handsome new stranger named Joe has joined Cyn’s therapy group, and soon Joe and she are breaking Veronica’s big rule by fraternizing outside of the group. Their romance, complete with surprisingly graphic sex, hits a snag when Cyn discovers Joe joined the therapy group under false pretenses. And her own false pretenses with the doughnut people almost get her into trouble at work.

Tepid sitcom from the prolific Margolis (Apocalipstick, 2003, etc). Not one of her best.

Pub Date: April 26, 2005

ISBN: 0-385-33734-5

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Delta

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2005

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A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.


Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering's debut, the tale of a young woman's obsession with a man who's "good at being charming."

Long Island native Lucy Albright, starts her freshman year at Baird College in Southern California, intending to study English and journalism and become a travel writer. Stephen DeMarco, an upperclassman, is a political science major who plans to become a lawyer. Soon after they meet, Lucy tells Stephen an intensely personal story about the Unforgivable Thing, a betrayal that turned Lucy against her mother. Stephen pretends to listen to Lucy's painful disclosure, but all his thoughts are about her exposed black bra strap and her nipples pressing against her thin cotton T-shirt. It doesn't take Lucy long to realize Stephen's a "manipulative jerk" and she is "beyond pathetic" in her desire for him, but their lives are now intertwined. Their story takes seven years to unfold, but it's a fast-paced ride through hookups, breakups, and infidelities fueled by alcohol and cocaine and with oodles of sizzling sexual tension. "Lucy was an itch, a song stuck in your head or a movie you need to rewatch or a food you suddenly crave," Stephen says in one of his point-of-view chapters, which alternate with Lucy's. The ending is perfect, as Lucy figures out the dark secret Stephen has kept hidden and learns the difference between lustful addiction and mature love.

There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.

Pub Date: June 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-6964-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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