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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus~★★

Authors: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Title: Citizen Girl
Release Date: November 16th, 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, abridged edition; read by the authors
Genre: Fiction

Audio Book Cover: "Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and color-coordinate file folders, twenty-four year old Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands the job of her dreams she ignores her misgivings and concentrates on getting the job done...whatever that may be."

Taryn's Review: I kept waiting for this book to get better. I kept wondering what exactly this book was about. I kept wondering if I should quit listening to this book.

I don't know if the authors were trying to be cutesy or what, but the main character's name was Girl. Her boss's name was Guy. They worked for My Company. Other characters had actual names, but I don't understand why Girl was Girl. The authors also read the book, which wasn't a good choice. The author made every guy sound like a transplanted California surfer living in NYC. I think she did a fine job reading as Girl, but perhaps a professional actor would have a been a better choice to read the book since the rest of the characters sounded similar.

Girl seemed annoying and overly needy. Her relationship with her boyfriend looked like a train wreck. The end of this book left me bewildered. When I thought the book couldn't get worse, it, in fact, did with the ending. It's possible that my confusion could be due to the fact that this edition of the book was abridged, meaning scenes or dialogue was cut for whatever reason. If that is the reason, they shouldn't abridge books this way. If the book just was poor, abridging it didn't make a difference. Avoid this book. I've heard the authors did well with their first book, The Nanny Diaries, but at this moment, I'm not sure I'd pick it up after reading the mess that is Citizen Girl.

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