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Sneaking into Holly's email inbox
Holly's Inbox - Holly Denham
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Holly's Inbox - Holly Denham
Date: 15/08/10, updated on 15/08/10 (84 review reads)
Advantages: Some amusing parts, and I sometimes couldn't put the book down.
Disadvantages: There were some very irritating characters in this book, and some parts were just too unbelieveable.
Meet Holly Denham. It's her first day as a receptionist at a big City investment bank in London and, she lied on her CV doesn't actually have 2 years corporate front-of-house experience, butb rather 2 weeks, and so Holly is struggling to keep up. Add to this her mad friends, dysfunctional family, gossipy colleagues and you'll soon see that Holly's inbox is a source of drama from laughter to pain, scandal to romance. Holly has also been keeping a secret from everyone, and the past is about to catch up to her...
Holly's Inbox is actually a book written purely in email format as if we're reading Holly's email inbox on a daily basis. This might sound a tad boring however, from the first few pages I was drawn in, as working in an office myself I could relate to a lot of the things happening with Holly on her first few days at her new job, and I found myself smiling at quite a few of the emails.
Holly's Inbox was actually launched in February 2007 on www.hollysinbox.com, and it became a phenomenon with thousands of visitors checking the website to read Holly's emails. This book has all the emails in full, and includes some extra exclusive material not found on the website. I'd never actually heard of the website before, so when I ventured on the whole website is actually set out like an e-mail inbox and you can click through Holly's emails by date. I was surprised to find they are exactly the same as in the book, so the book really is just a paper format of the website.
I'm not one for chick-lit books actually, in my time I've only read a small handful, but every now and again one may take my eye and when someone had this on their swap it on www.readitswapit.co.uk, I thought I'd give it a go as I work in an office where I email friends or colleagues and thought it might be quite amusing. Indeed the first few pages did actually have me laughing, especially when Holly gets in trouble off a PA, who then states she's coming down from her office to find her. Despite the format being in emails I got used to this rather quickly, and they are clearly set out showing who the email is to and from, and they generally flow along nicely. It also shows what day it is, and chapters are separated out according to the number of months Holly has spent at her job, so Month 1, Month 2 etc. The e-mails are sent and read only whilst she is at work, and I sometimes wonder how she has the time to send some lengthy emails whilst having what sounds like an extremely busy job!
She shares the reception desk with another woman named Trisha and at first theb relationship starts off awkward, but they do quickly become friends. They aren't allowed to talk to each other on reception so they always email each other. Holly also emails her 2 friends, one called Jason who is gay and works on a reception at a hotel where Holly worked for 2 weeks, but told her current job she worked there 2 years, and her other friend Aisha who is seemingly only interested in men, sex and parties. I found Jason and Aisha extremely irritating to be honest, and I struggled to see how the character of Holly could be friends with them! I did find Holly quite amusing but when emails involving Jason and Aisha came up I would often skip several of them as they were just silly and bored me.
Holly also emails her Mother who emigrated to Spain, and her Grandma who also recently went out there. I found these parts quite funny as her Mother is very interfering and is constantly pestering Holly to find a good boyfriend and takes it upon herself to write to Holly's friend at the bank to try to get her into banking, despite Holly's objections at this. Her Grandma is also quite funny, although quite unbelieveable, and likes to use Holly's email address to sign her up to dating sites to help her find love.
We also meet Holly's brother, who I found just as annoying as Jason and Aisha, he's in the process of opening a club and the emails about this club I just found boring, and again I would often skip these parts.
The first part of the book is mainly Holly settling into her new job, and already getting in trouble off colleagues and HR. Not long after follows a romance with a work colleague, and eventually the big secret the book describes. This secret was not, in my opinion, all that big a deal and after waiting to find out what it was for most of the book, I was quite disappointed. The ending of the book was quite amusing, but then ends on a big cliché which again I found disappointing, but I was reading a chick lit book not my usually thriller, so I should really have expected it! The book itself is quite a thick paperback, however this is purely because it's all emails, and many emails are only one liners, so it actually doesn't take very long to get through this book at all. It does have it's moments where I didn't want to put it down (although still skipping the parts I found annoying!) so I did find it enjoyable in places, but it also had many irritating factors for me personally. I also found some parts just too over the top, such as certain events happening real time and Holly was emailing her friends whilst this was happening, it was too hard for me to grasp, but I suppose without this we wouldn't really know what was going on so this is essential for the book.
Overall if you've ever wanted to peek to someone else's very drama filled emails then this is a great book for you. I also recommend it if you've ever worked in an office and emailed friends and colleagues as this will have its parts you'll find amusing. I did find some parts of the book were funny and I couldn't put it down, but it does have a couple of irritating characters and I would find myself skipping a couple of emails when these characters were involved as a lot of time they weren't saying anything of interest.
Holly's Inbox is available in paperback from Amazon, or you can check out www.hollysinbox.com where all the emails are listed, as if they're in an actual email inbox.
Summary: Ever fancied reading someonen else's emails? Now you can.