Friday, October 8, 2010
Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich
Mercury in Retrograde is a reference to astrology. Throughout the book the author jumps between the stories of the three main characters and uses little horoscope snippets for each one to give you a preview of what is about to happen. It was a cute.
The three main character are Mercury- a semi-frazzeled journalist who switches from a career at a newspaper to a local broadcast company, Lena (aka Lipstick)- a NYC socialite whose character I thought I was going to hate but ended up loving, and Dana- a over-achieving lawyer who is having a hard time dealing with her failed marriage.
The three characters end up living in the same apartment buiding in SOHO and they become friends through some mutual connections. They seem like an unlikely group of friends because they are all so different, but they end up helping each other just when they all needed it the most.
Mercury deals with her crazy bosses and new career. Lena deals with keeping up her social image and at the same time discovers her true self and stands on her own two feet. Dana finds out her ex-husband is going to have a baby with his new wife which makes her feel like even more of a failure, but ends up letting go of meeting her own unbelievably high expectations of herself and actually living life again. They all find romance (of course!)
It was a cute, fun, quick read.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.