You may remember that last Sunday I was complaining about a book that I just couldn't get into: With Her Boots On by Lisa Dow.
I was wrong.
I'm not sure if I just had to get over the whole first-person-present-tense thing, or if it just took a couple of chapters for the writing to even out, but once I picked this book up again, I couldn't put it down. I polished it off in two sittings - my lunch break, and after work that same day.
I didn't like the main character, Mel, at first. She was whiny and irritating. But as I got further into the book, I realized that she wasn't actually whiny or irritating. She was frustrated and stuck, and that made her seem irritating to anyone who didn't see what was going on with her.
I loved that the book was set (partly, at least) in Toronto. I've never lived in Toronto, but I have visited there, and I've got friends who live there. I've been to the Firkin, where Mel and her friends gather for drinks after work. I've met the 'artsy' types like Ursula (and also REAL artistic people - they're not all weird and new-age-y). I've dealt with a man like Mel's boyfriend. I've had a friend like Kit. I know how much of a difference a dog can make in your life. I am far too much like Mel for my own good (which may also be part of why I didn't like her at first!).
This book was a really good read. I just had to get over my hang-ups. If you're into books about real women dealing with the crazy stuff that happens in real life (especially the stuff that sounds like it HAS to be made up!), give this book a try.