Single Woman Seeks Revenge by Tracy Bloom, published April 2013 by Arrow.
Read: August 2015
Source: Goodreads First Reads
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Goodreads Synopsis: What do you do when you find your love-life in ruins? Get revenge on every man who ever broke your heart, of course… Suzie Miller, a disillusioned agony aunt, can’t believe she’s been dumped from a great height yet again (this time by text, straight after they’d had sex… twice!). So she decides the time is right to make every one of her ex’s feel the pain she felt when they carelessly cast her aside.
Her methods are unusual but humiliation on a grand scale is no less than they deserve. Euphoric that she’s finally stood up for herself, she starts suggesting outrageous ways for her readers to deal with their relationship nightmares too. Suddenly everyone wants Suzie’s advice. Finally content with being single and enjoying her blossoming career it seems as though happiness is within her grasp. That is until a man gets in the way.
I went through a phase in my teenage years of reading copious amounts of “chick-lit” (I despise the genre name, but I intend to do a rant-fuelled post on that later). Either the YA genre didn’t really exist when I was a teen, or I was blissfully unaware of it. I certainly don’t think it was as well-rounded as it is now. But I digress. I gobbled up SO much chick-lit in those formative years, that I sickened myself off the genre and hadn’t read it for a long time. Eventually, the stories became formulaic, the characters identi-kits of themselves. I stumbled upon Single Woman Seeks Revenge while browsing Goodreads Giveaways – the title and blurb called to me, so I tentatively jumped back in to the chick-lit genre…
I was cautious when I started reading this book, not sure of what to expect from the story-line, afraid I would be disappointed by a “weak” female lead and boisterous “bad boy” who would, of course, be the answer to her prayers. I was very, very pleasantly surprised. The story is reasonably fast-paced, with well-developed side characters, and a solid sense of humour. I have to admit though, that I often struggle with humour in the chick-lit genre. Many times jokes will get a snort from me, or a mild giggle of appreciation, but rarely do I laugh out loud, for the simple fact that humour often translates better on-screen in Rom-Coms than in written form. That being said, if a book gets a snort from me, it’s likely a good’un, something to bear in mind if using my review as a point of reference.
I loved the revenge plots, and sadly (but fantastically) some of the break-up scenarios really did hit close to home in their realism! I’ve seen some other reviewers condemn Bloom for Suzie’s inner-monologue, specifically when she thinks some not-too-nice-thoughts about another female’s weight. If I’m being perfectly honest, yes those things may not be politically correct, however I dare you to find me someone who wouldn’t think negative thoughts about a woman (your ex best friend!) who sleeps with and runs off with your then fiancée. Anyone? Didn’t think so.
I really adored the love interest, Drew. Even if the story-line was a little predictable in places, I was still left wondering would-they-or-wouldn’t-they? A testament to Bloom’s writing ability. It has to be said, if you’re having a cynical week (even the best of us suffer from it!), it’s probably best to steer clear of the genre and this book – you just won’t enjoy it. But every once in a while, even the most cynical of us love to languish in a light-hearted, if sadly unrealistic, romantic comedy. While the ending was quite typical of the genre, overall this was a very enjoyable read, which has restored my faith in reading more chick-lit in the future.
Have you read Single Woman Seeks Revenge? Or any other chick-lit books you would recommend? Let me know in the comments!
I don’t read enough of these stories. Nowadays, I don’t know which direction my reading taste is going. Lol.
Mine is all over the place. But I like it that way. If I read one genre for too long, I begin to find the books less enjoyable, and often end up in a slump. I sickened myself off chick-lit years ago, and then dystopians, so I try not to stick with one for too long now! R xx
Great review, I read this book a year or two ago and really enjoyed it. I remember finding it really funny and it was just plain old enjoyable. That’s what I used to read chick-lit for, a bit of enjoyment and relaxation.
I am much like you, I devoured chick-lit in my teen years and got a bit bored of it. I progressed from the YA of the time (it was either books that had some underlying message like teen pregnancy, or they were American imports about the uber rich such as Gossip GIrl and the A-List, it definitely got better with time that genre) because I got bored of those teen books and I moved onto chick-lit because that was what my mom had borrowed from the library. I read everything I could find, and it started off fun… and then I got bored.
I wish I could remember the books I used to read, I mean I love Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie but I know a lot of people class that as romance. It’s funny and enjoyable though.
Thanks for commenting, Becky! This was definitely one of the more enjoyable chick-lit books I’ve read in the past few years, and it did seem to step slightly outside of the comfort zone of the genre. When I was a YA, I read the same kinds of books – the Gossip Girls and Pretty Little Liars. I definitely think the age category has opened up loads in recent years. I gobbled TONS of chick-lit, half of which I can’t remember either, as like you say, they all kind of run into one another, and it took a particularly unique or funny one to stand out. R xx
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