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A Brilliant Book
Running Away from Richard - Chris Manby
Member Name: MollyWH
Running Away from Richard - Chris Manby
Advantages: Funny, touching, well written
Disadvantages: Will not teach you anything new
I normally avoid girlie type books, preferring to read thrillers. However, while I was on holiday earlier in the year, I ran out of books to read. The hotel had a sort of library where guests can leave any books they have finished, which allows other guests to pick them up and have a read. It was while I was looking through the library that I came across the book Running Away From Richard which is written by Chris Manby.
The story follows a girl called Lizzie Jordan who has just been dumped by her boyfriend Richard. This couldn't have come at a worse time for Lizzie as she is due to be the Maid of Honour at her best friend's wedding. The last thing Lizzie wants or needs is to attend a wedding where everyone is loved up. Lizzie attends the wedding, gets really drunk and makes a fool of herself during her speech.
Lizzie and Richard lived together so Lizzie finds herself having to move out of the house they shared. Her only option is to move back in with her parents in Solihull which she really doesn't want to do. By chance, Lizzie is offered the chance to stay in California with an old school friend. Lizzie is an actress and up until now has not had very much luck in getting anywhere. Could this be her chance to further her acting career? If Richard sees that Lizzie has made it as a successful actress, surely she can win back his affection?
Lizzie heads off to California to meet her old school friend Fat Joe. However, it is Joanna, the female version of Fat Joe that turns up to meet Lizzie at the airport. Lizzie suddenly realises that life in California is going to be very different from what she had imagined. Within a month, Lizzie has landed herself a job, although it wasn't quite the job she had in mind - working in a bar for transvestites. The house she shares with Joanna / Fat Joe is a dingy flat which is infested with cockroaches. Lizzie doesn't want to return to Solihull as she knows that everyone expects her to return within a matter of weeks.
Instead, Lizzie decides that she is going to stick it out and soon she finds herself engaged to a film director who also happens to be gay. The plot thickens when the guy's mother appears on the scene and announces that she is dying of cancer.
Considering my initial reservations about reading a girlie book, I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading this book, some parts even had me laughing out loud. I think the reason this book worked for me is because it is so spot on, and the situations that Lizzie manages to get herself into are so true to real life. I felt that I could see parts of myself in Lizzie Jordan and her thoughts and feelings are what every girl has felt after she has been dumped.
Although this book is mainly humorous, it also touches on more sensitive subjects, such as when Lizzie's roommate discovers she has breast cancer. It follows the feelings of both girls and the process that follows such a traumatic discovery.
Some of the situations that Lizzie finds herself in are a little farfetched but somehow Chris Manby makes them believable and I found it interesting to discover how Lizzie reacted to each situation she found herself in... she is certainly a character I felt I could relate to.
I would certainly recommend this book to any female. Personally, I do not normally read these types of books and refer to them as 'poolside trash' but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Chris Manby portrays Lizzie as a lovable character who is just trying to find her way through life and make herself happy. This is a really enjoyable read from beginning to end.
Summary: A Brilliant Book