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Friday, November 5, 2010

Nancy's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith: Book Review

Nancy's Theory of Style
by Grace Coopersmith
Gallery Books (Simon and Schuster)
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9886-2

Description: Lively young socialite Nancy Carrington-Chambers has always believed an excellent sense of style and strict attention to detail are what it takes to succeed, but her own husband Todd is showing symptoms of incurable tackiness, so Nancy flees their McMansion for her posh San Francisco apartment. She knows her event planning company, Froth, is a real winner, but she must prove herself by reinventing the turgid Barbary Coast Historical Museum fundraiser. Luckily, Nancy now has the perfect assistant. Derek Cathcart is British, impeccably dressed, gorgeous, and clearly gay—so why does Nancy find him so  attractive?


Before Nancy can unravel her feelings, her irresponsible cousin Birdie abandons her little daughter with Nancy and takes off. Nancy, Derek, and Eugenia make an unlikely “family,” but strangely it seems incredibly right. Now Nancy’s parents are pressuring her to return to Todd, and she still has to pull off a spectacular party. For someone who’s always known exactly where she’s going, Nancy is in dangerously uncharted waters.Irresistibly funny and romantic, Nancy’s Theory of Style shows that happiness and love—just like fashion—aren’t about playing it safe.

The Good Stuff

  • absolutely positively delightful and fun
  • Great dialogue
  • Wacky characters
  • You wont want to put it down you will be having so much fun
  • Nancy comes across at first as a total flake, but she is a flake with heart and compassion and knows when to do the right thing
  • Milagro is in it briefly -- I love that quirky lady
  • Grace Coopersmith is the pen name for Marta Acosta who writes the Casa Dracula books and owner of the fabulous blog Vampirewire -- and she really is cool for an American (said in the voice of Bruce the Shark from Finding Nemo) - this is also a joke since I love American's (and cuz I know you are going to save our ass' in case of killer meteors, aliens, ice age, etc)
  • Fluff but with intelligence and humour
The Not so Good Stuff

  • Nancy is so rich, annoying and clueless at first, its hard to like her -- but don't let that get you, you will end of liking her despite yourself
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Oh, that naive American dream that a house can bring happiness and fulfillment."
"Continue to hope. I always thought you should be with someone who got your humour and realized that when you seem to be joking, you're serious, and when you seem to be serious, you're joking."

"Nancy preferred children in magazines to the tantrum-throwing, nose-picking, noisome three-dimensional versions."

"Will your heart break when he realizes that no matter how assiduously he tends the garden, a penis will not sprout from your nether regions."

What I Learned
  • I soo want a hot "gay" assistant
  • That I must stop reading funny books on the bus, because when I snort with laughter, people stop and stare
  • Nancy would have a lot of work to do on me in terms of fashion and well pretty much everything else, but I woud still love her
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Those who enjoy chick-lit
  • Smart women who already read and love Marta Acosta
  • I'm thinking Natasha will not like
  • I really think fans of Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella will also like

4 Dewey's
 
I received this book from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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