Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Review: Jack With a Twist
Jack with a Twist by Brenda Janowitz is her second book starring lawyer Brooke Miller. In this one, she's planning a wedding with and litigating against her fiance, fellow lawyer Jack Solomon. I missed the first book, Scot on the Rocks, but had no problem catching up, as Janowitz covers the events in that book early on.
In honor of the book's subject, I thought I'd do this review in lawyerly fashion.
Point: Funny! Some parts -- especially the imaginary emails and newspaper clippings interspersed through the book -- are even laugh out loud funny, which I think is a rarity.
Counterpoint: I found Brooke, the main character and narrator, to be annoyingly naive and late to pick up on things that were obvious to me pretty early on. The big reveal on her best friend's boyfriend? Not that surprising.
Point: True to life! Anyone who has planned a wedding will see characters they recognize in this one. Pushy in-laws are a theme.
Counterpoint: Way too true to life! I am fairly recently married (just over a year) and I found parts of this book to be stressful to read. And I love my in-laws!
Point: A quick read for the holidays (or on a beach, if you are heading to warmer climates this season).
Counterpoint: This isn't really a meaty book (ha! pun not intended, for those of you have read this and know what Brooke's father does for a living). It's kind of predictable.
Conclusion: Fun to read, especially for those of you who just love chick lit or wedding-related books.
Buy Jack With a Twist on Amazon.