“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Shari Low / Paperback / 438 Pages / Book is published 2008-03-03 by AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd „
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This is one of the most entertaining books ever. Roxy is a beautiful, superficial, rich girl who works as a receptionist in a brothel. Which is fine, until her boyfriend cheats on her and she vows not to interact with men again.
In an effort to support her, the reserved Ginny agrees to swap jobs with Roxy, and give up her quiet library job for Roxy's boisterous brothel...a swap that leads to hysterical consequences. While Ginny learns about the X rated lifestyle, Roxy goes on a journey of self discovery, which makes really good reading.
This is laugh out loud funny, with a pretty unpredictable end, and it's really light hearted. It does make you feel good, and you might pick up some sex tips on the way! It's the first one of Low's books that I have read, but I'm keen to read some of her others now. This is well written, entertaining and original, which makes for very good chic lit.
I raved about Shari Low's last book, "The Motherhood Walk of Fame", but if it's possible, I loved this new one even more.
Foxy Roxy works in a brothel. Less-foxy Ginny works in a library. Now the brothel is one of those legalised ones, and is pretty swanky, and Roxy's usual working position is at the front desk rather than flat on her back with her legs in the air, but still, the girls are working in two pretty different jobs, it has to be said. They are friends though, thanks to being born in the same hospital on the same day to mothers who already knew each other. They've grown up together, gone to school together, and now ended up living not too far from each other, Roxy in hip and happening London and Ginny in the boring 'burbs with both their mums, back where they grew up.
When the latest in a string of bloke crises sends Roxy over the edge and back home for some good old-fashioned TLC, Ginny comes up with an interesting suggestion - why doesn't Roxy stay there in the quite little town of Farnham Hills for a bit, and Ginny will go back to London and live her life for her. They can even take on each others jobs for a month since both are pretty straightforward, and the bosses won't mind - the head librarian is, after all, Ginny's mum, and Sam from the brothel will just be glad to have reception cover in Roxy's absence, lest one of those annoying journalists, or even worse, one of the visiting men's wives, find their way inside his sanctuary. I think that's an important thing to note - in lots of these wife swap stories the switchovers happen quite easily, perhaps too easily, and you do wonder about the feasibility of it all, especially when spouses and children are involved. This one makes a lot more sense, and is quite frankly much more realistic since it's two free and single 20-somethings swapping lives, jobs and homes for a month, with none of that other baggage in tow.
So, the swap happens, and with both of them out of their comfort zones for now, you start to wonder just how long it will last. Surprisingly, Roxy realises that life back home is not quite as hideous as she had been imagining, and while she misses her old life, she can probably cope with this change for the month they've talked about. And as for Ginny, she takes to brothel work and free and single London life like a duck to water.
The result is an absolutely hilarious tale of two girls who set out to find out if the grass is greener on the best friend's side of the hill. Over the course of the book you can see the subtle changes in their views and behaviour emerging (Ginny toughens up, Roxy softens a bit) as they begin to realise just what life is like for the other one. Throw in a fit male stripper, a forty-something TV star, lots of toned girls in sparkly thongs and spandex cat suits, an annoying personal trainer and two pseudo-lesbian middle aged women, and you have a brilliant read that keeps your attention right up until the end.
I liked the way the story kept switching, chapter by chapter, from Roxy to Ginny and back again, without involving so many people's viewpoints that it got confusing. I loved the real characters (embarrassing mums, dense boys, sexy strippers, a Reverend with a penchant for dubious websites) and the juicy storyline, and I thought the appendices to lots of chapters - an old school report, a diary entry, a magazine article, a library loan list - were great for carrying on the story in different ways.
This review originally appeared on www.thebookbag.co.uk under my name.
As with most of my more recent book reviews they seem to start in the aisle's of my local Asda. This is no exception. Even though I have around 30 books piled up ready for my reading pleasure I still had to purchase another when faced with a £1.00 price tag, this is the book I will now review.
The book I will now review is "My best friends life by Shari Low".
The premise of the story is as follows -
Ginny and Roxy are best friends. Born on the same day and being cousins, they have grew up together. Ginny is quite and shy and seemingly dominated by Roxy. Roxy is domineering, adventurous and always on the lookout for the next bit of excitement and fun.
Roxy returns to her hometown from her trendy London job and studio apartment, she is claiming she needs sanctuary from her latest romance catastrophe, so decides to stay with Ginny, her mum and Roxy's mum who now live together.
Ginny is stuck in a rut! She is 27 years old, still lives with her mum, works with her mum at the local library and has been with the same man since leaving school, this is now or never so Ginny offers to swop lives with Roxy for a month to give them both what they are needing, sanctuary and excitement.
And this is what the rest of the book is about. Well not quite, what I have failed to reveal is the fact that the story is set around Roxy's job... which just happens to be a high class prostitute in the now legalised brothels that are run in London.
I will not reveal anymore of the storyline, as in fairness it does get a bit fruity in places, but never once does it get smutty.
The story shows the stereotyped main characters do a complete turnaround and finally realising they have not been living the lives that they wanted, but at least they don't want each others lives.
This book in a word is fantastic! The entire story is told day by and each chapter is around the other person. The chapters themselves always finish at a crucial time, making you desperate to find out what has happened. Interspersed in the book are random pages of report cards and library cards of many of the characters in the book and not always about the main two characters. This in turn gives you more of an incite into the characters and also why some of them act the way they do.
This book had me in fits of laughter from start to finish, and I practically ate this book, managing to read it in a day and a half, not once actually wanting to put it down, but my life unfortunately does sometimes get in the way or else it might have only taken me a few hours! There are a few saucy bits in this book, but instead of it feeling like porn it is made to feel as comical as the rest of the book.
This book comes highly recommended (by me!), this is a much deserved bit of light relief from all the "true" story books, this is guaranteed to make anyone laugh!
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