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Tan Lines: A Novel of Sex and Sunburn - J.J. Salem

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Genre: Fiction / Author: J.J. Salem / Paperback / 359 Pages / Book is published 2008-05-02 by Pan Books

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      13.07.2010 15:18
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      I Enjoyed It!

      Book reviews have never been a real strong point of mine but since I joined Dooyoo Ive read so many great book reviews that Ive ended up reading them myself and so I thought Id try my hand at reviewing a couple of them over the next few days starting with this one "Tan Lines By J.J Salem". I had never read any other books by this author before but it was recommended to me on amazon based on my older book purchases so I bought it a few weeks back and read it about 4 days ago.

      Tan Lines is the story of three women and revolves around what all three of them did one summer when they met up (as they do once a year) in the Hamptons. You are introduced to these three women who all seem so different you wonder how on Earth they are friends. Liza the straight talking feminist who behind closed doors is everything she claims to hate, Billie the indie rock star very talented with a hit album behind her but sadly she would rather revel in sex, drink and drugs rather than make the most of her talent and lastly Kellyanne the beauty who is a waitress hoping become a singer or actress but she has to learn that her looks wont get her everything. This is the story of everything that happened one summer and we get to know all the women individually and all about their lives, jobs, relationships and all their inner thoughts and feelings. By the end of this Summer nothing will be the same again.

      I have to say first off that I was super shocked to find that this book was written by a man! I know thats slightly sexist to assume only women write chick-lit but I was genuinely shocked in this case because the whole book is written from a female perspective and the author has managed to get it dead on. This man must be the exception as he DOES know what goes on inside womens minds and what we say and do when we get together with out friends. It was definately interesting to read this genre of book written by a man and I have to say I think Salem did a fantastic job as he does understand women really, really well.

      I liked the way that the book was written in chapters relating to just one character a lot like Jodi Picoult books and I think if anything I prefer that kind of writing/chapter style to any other Ive found. It lets you focus solely on getting to know one character for a bit and that way the author can move freely between the characters past and present without it becoming to confusing for the reader and you can start to get to know one character at a time and exactly what made them have the personality and lifestyle they have. That brings me onto the characters themselves. As is typical in chick-lit books of this kind the characters are very simple and easy to understand but in this case they are all totally different women which is why it seems odd that they would be friends but then again I did find myself sort of connecting and sympathising with them all on different occasions. I love books like that when you can actually get really into the story and feel by the end of it that you know the characters really well.

      The story again isnt anything amazing but it still has loads of twists and turns that I really did not see coming running right the way through it. I was actually open mouthed at one point in the book when a very big secret is revealed in Liza's personal life. The only slight problem I did have is the ending felt quite rushed and the way it ends is so brilliant so I think it could have been handled better but I did like the way there was a newspaper aticle at the end that tied up ALL the loose ends from every character I did think that was a really nice touch.

      Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would fully recommend it to everyone as it is your typical chick-lit but with loads of twists and turns you wont see coming and at 1p for a pre-owned copy on amazon its dead cheap. Highly recommended.

      Thanks For Reading

      x0 Salz 0x

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      06.09.2008 14:28

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      one for the girls

      I took this book on holiday with me, not thinking id get chance to read it, and to be honest there wasnt really time, i just had to make the time once i had read the first few pages on the plane.

      THis book tells the story of 3 friends, who are all very different, yet now do the obligatory meet up each year. Each chapter is writeen from alternating perspectives of each of the 3 girls. THey all have there own story to tell which comes out in time, and they each interlink with the other in some sort of way. This book is a definate for any girl who reads the usual celeb magazines, and can mulitsak to an extent. One thing i did enjoy in particular was the fact i didnt guess the ending of the book, as that really bugs me when the authors arent clever enough and so write something so obvious that the reader guesses the ending within the first few chapters.

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