After reading it for the umpteenth time, I figured The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella deserved a review. One thing I love about her writing is that she really knows how to weave humour and drama in real life situations. You don’t even realise that you’re actually laughing at yourself.
The Undomestic Goddess was recommended to me by my former boss (now a friend). Both of us were obsessed with work and had no idea how to work an oven. Sue us. Of course I had to read it. In an age of innocent protagonists who were pros in the kitchen and completely helpless outside of it, the book was a breath of fresh air. And one of the few I could actually relate to.
The Undomestic Goddess:
Samantha is a successful, career-obsessed lawyer from a family of career-obsessed people that think it’s reasonable to cancel birthday dinners at the last moment without informing each other. Even though she is rolling in money (I mean come on, she is a corporate lawyer!) she has absolutely no time for herself. Perks of being a workaholic. The dream lasts till the day she makes a mistake that can cost her firm millions of pounds and her job.
In an attempt to cut off from the world, she ends up at a suburban household that mistakes her for a housekeeper. However being a genius and a top notch lawyer does not help her do the laundry or cooking.
The plot may sound over the top but it can’t be closer to reality. At no point in the story could I say, ‘why can’t she just take it easy?’ because I knew she couldn’t. A stressful job that demands your attention every waking minute of the day does not leave time for you to even take a good look around your own house. There’s a reason she didn’t know which oven she had!
This is one of the few books I’ve read so far that didn’t drag at all. The story went on smoothly, it was neither too fast nor too slow.
One of the book’s strong points was the story itself. The book is a blend of emotion, humour and action which makes it impossible to put down. Characters are well-developed, even the silly ones.
To be honest there are few weaknesses. The only problem I had was that at times situations got too dramatic and over the top. Maybe it was for the sake of making the circumstances more comical but it got to the point where you just want the ridiculousness of characters to end already.
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella is a must read for every woman who is caught up in her job and can find no relief. I’d highly recommend it.
I’ll rate it a 3/5.
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