Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Miss Understanding
Author: Stephanie Lessing
Publisher: Avon Trade
Release Date: October 2006
Year/Setting: Current/New York
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity) Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: None
Stephanie's Website: www.stephanielessing.com
Zoe lives a life ofÖwellÖchaos. I canít really think of a better way to describe it. This isnít a bad thing for Zoe but just sort of how she moves through life. Her clothing is hardly what people would call fashionable and yet she works for a fashion magazine. Or at least she does now. Her new job as Deputy Director at Issues is new and they are looking for her to help lead them in a new direction. Of course it doesnít hurt that her sister is married to the lead editor of the magazine.
However, even Chloe (her sister) isnít sure about the articles Zoe wants to write. Zoe has a passion for helping the women/girls who society seems to either not see or to pick on. She wants to help them be strong and take on the world. You see Zoe Rose was one of those girls as a child. With her red and very curly hair and the fact she didnít understand what girls meant most of the time, Zoe never fit in. As an adult she wants to help other women to overcome the stereotypes to become fulfilled.
Her own life though is a bit chaotic. She doesnít seem to be able to remember anything these days. She has a fabulous boyfriend but isnít sure she wants to commit. Plus it seems like really terrible things keep happening at the magazine. Only one woman at work seems to be truly standing by her but I will save the story of Alex for you to discover. It is worth it.
Stephanie Lessing has a very interesting writing style. Miss Understanding is very face paced and jumps from scene to scene. This isnít necessarily a bad thing but as a reader you canít take your attention away from it for a minute.
There are some great secondary characters who lend to the chaotic version of Zoeís life and so much of her life is up in the air right now. This isnít so a much a love story between Zoe and her boyfriend but between Zoe and life in general. Zoe is blunt with her thoughts, passionate about the female underdog, and really trying to figure herself out.
So, try it out. It wonít relax you but you will chuckle.
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