Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Page Count: 370
About The Book:
For the last fifteen years, Rose "Manny" Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she's questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she's passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny's life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she's quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she's leaving town on a six month road trip.
After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she's joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read - and most controversial - blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke's true goal is to expose Manny's journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth - and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.
Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny's on a quest to rediscover herself - and taking Zeke along for the ride.
This book has lots of subplots that, for many may seem confusing, however, after getting used to the author's style of writing, I found they added a lot of dimension to the overall storyline. In fact, there is so much going on that, with a little more in-depth characterizations, this story could have made two novels. But that having been said, it was still an enjoyable read. Look for humor, good dialogue, and thought-provoking life situations. We all get fed up with life's routine, at times. Whether or not we'd follow Manny's solution is debatable, but her choices made for an interesting reading diversion.