What are you reading Wednesday: Just Jenna by Diane Claire Benant
Here’s what I’ve just been reading:
I really enjoyed JUST JENNA. You literally spend a week inside the main character (Jenna)’s head and while that might not work in some books, I found Jenna endearing and funny enough to enjoy the experience.
This is chick lit set largely on a ski holiday in France with a decidedly British flair to it. Think Bridget Jones’ Diary and Love, Actually on a mountain top with the threat of avalanches! Jenna – having been dumped by her boyfriend via text message rises to her best friends’ challenge to go on her pre-booked ski holiday but without returning with a new boyfriend – as she hasn’t been single for longer than 5 minutes since she was 15.
The story follows her week in the French Alps and is replete with London celebrities, the odious ex, sexy French mountain rescue guy, a Jack-Nicholson-type sexy older guy, the posh mum type and more. Jenna, approaching 34 is in existential turmoil about finding a man immediately and having babies immediately and her stream of consciousness largely revolves around just that question. So, some readers might find that train of thought tiring, but… Jenna is funny and it’s fun to step into someone’s thoughts like that for the space of a novel. And we’ve all had that sort of lost what-have-I-been-doing-all-my-life sort of week, haven’t we? (Well, I have!!)
And what I’m currently reading:
LETTERS FOR SCARLET women’s fiction by Julie C. Gardner. I’m 56% through. I am loving the writing, it’s excellent and smart, but the suspense is wearing a little thin mainly because I can’t decide if I like Corie or Scarlet. I guess it’ll be a banger of a reveal and I don’t want to hazard guesses for fear of inadvertently spoiling. But I think Miss Scarlet was in the Kitchen with the Rope… and Professor Plum got her preggo. Okay. I’ll shut up. (I do feel like Corie will get everything her way by the ending because at midway Scarlet’s got the upper hand.) Stay tuned for next week’s “What are you reading Wednesday.”
Oh, and I really should be redesigning this blog instead of reading. It is one hot mess of a website right now.
What are you reading on this gray Wednesday? And what are you avoiding while you read?