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Doesn't really 'rule' for me!
Rules for a Perfect Life - Niamh Greene
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Rules for a Perfect Life - Niamh Greene
Advantages: Very easy to read; funny
Disadvantages: Quite cliched at times
'Rules for a Perfect Life' is another book I picked up from my local library. I was enticed by the bright red cover of the book (which is different to the one that DooYoo has a picture of), and when I read the back cover I was reeled in as it sounded like it would provide a fun read about the rules you should follow if you are a young woman that wants a perfect life romantically, and otherwise. An example is 'Rule One' that states 'Do not ditch the man everyone says is perfect for you because he eats the last yellow jelly-baby in the bag'. Clearly these are not supposed to be deep and meaningful rules, but hopefully you can see from this example that this book is meant to provide some light entertainment!
So, to give you some more detail, the story centres around the life of a young lady called Maggie who has quite a few issues in her life - she's in a relationship that she's not incredibly satisfied with, she's lost her job, and she doesn't really know what to do about either of these things. Each chapter of the book progressively takes us through what she does to figure her life out and is wittily entitled with a different 'Rule'. It's almost like she is outlining these rules from what we see her go through, and thus learn, from each chapter.
As part of dealing with her dead-end relationship and her job loss, Maggie dumps her boyfriend and moves to the country. The move is not so much out of choice but more because she doesn't have much choice left when a friend offers her what seems like a good deal. The move to the country changes Maggie's life completely, and this is when the fun really starts!
I can't say much more about the story without giving too much away so I think you'll have to read it yourself if you want to know more. What I will say though is that I am glad I picked this book up at the library as I did enjoy reading it. It wasn't meant to be a serious read, and that's fine as I wasn't looking for one at the time. I would definitely categorise it as chick-lit in terms of the genre that 'Rules for a Perfect Life' would fit in to. It was lively, fun and really quite engaging. I liked Maggie's character most of the time. There were times when I got a bit frustrated with her and it became a bit like panto with me, as a reader, wanting to just say 'come-on now, it's obvious'! But then I do think that chick-lit can be a bit like that sometimes! There were moments when I do think the author could have waffled a little less too, but then it was quite light and humorous too.
In terms of the story line I thought that it was easy to follow and provided a giggle here and there. Was it realistic? Well no, not really. It was even just a bit silly at times, but like I said before it was meant to be a humorous read. Unfortunately the characters were a bit flaky sometimes, Maggie included. This is a shame because I am disappointed when the main character doesn't have much depth. But to make up for it, there was lots of fun distracting stuff going on, and so I didn't mind so much.
Pretty much as expected the book had a clichéd ending. This was only mildly annoying as I wasn't expecting much different. I would say though that the last couple of chapters or so weren't as enjoyable to read as the rest of the book and did drag on somewhat.
To summarise I would say that this was quite a fun and entertaining book to read. There is lots going on throughout and it was quite easy to read. But if you are looking for something deep and meaningful, look elsewhere!
Summary: Fun, entertaining, but not much more