Author: Michele Gorman
Published: October 14th by Notting Hill Press
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Blurb: Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all.
Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the bank’s trading floor she spends twelve-hour days trying not to get sworn at or felt up by colleagues who put the "W" in banker.
How long can she go on pleasing everyone else before she snaps and loses it all?
With humor and empathy, Perfect Girl lays bare the balancing act that working women face in a man's world.
Review: This is the first book I have read by Michelle Gorman, but I am sure that it won't be the last one. I really enjoyed her style and the story was fast paced, full for drama and witty. Plus it was very interesting to see how the trading floor of a bank works. I totally pictured it like The Wolf of Wall Street movie, everyone shouting on the phone, making fun of each other, making dirty jokes... and in the middle of it all there was Carol, probably smarter than anyone else but belittled for being a woman. It makes you think how many women are in a similar situation in a man ruled world.
There was also her family. I found them quite hilarious, even if they made Carol's life even more difficult, they were quite a colourful bunch, especially the free spirit Zoe. They added a spark of humour to the story. And then her best friend, who was helpless picking men. Even to the point that Carol had to go her online dates to meet the men and decide if they were good enough for her. That was a bit too much for me, I would never ever go on a date for somebody else. Oh! And don't forget the boyfriend! I could tell he was hiding something from the beginning and I'm quite happy how it all ended, great idea Carol!
So all these people used Carol as an assistant and they made her do everything and she just compiled. I got a bit frustated here, I just wanted to shout at Carol "have some dignity and tell them where to go". But I must admit the situations where she found herself were real fun to read. All in all, I'd say this is a very entertaining read with some unexpected twists that will have you glued to its pages.