Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Don't Make Me Over (Book Review: The Make Over, Karen Buscemi)
A couple of pages in Karen Buscemi's "The Make Over," I grumbled and thought to myself, not another novel that's a rip off of "The Devil Wears Prada." This tells the story of Camilla Rhodes, a monster editor in chief of a fashion magazine. She is shrewd, ruthless, impeccably dressed...and well, a couple more pages in, she gets fired from her job at the magazine. This story tells of her fall, and how she rebuilds her life. It's sort of a fairy tale story in reverse, and interesting. But, also a little bit unbelievable. For example, someone with that stature will not be shunned that easily. But if you ignore some of holes, you will find that this is a pleasant read - it's easy to get into, and there's even a heavy handed morale that you can rally behind. The characters are easy to like, and the conflicts are engaging enough. I wish there were a little more weight to it, but I really wasn't looking for that in the first place.