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Review: Turning Tables, by Heather and Rose MacDowell

In Turning Tables Erin Edwards, 28, gets a job waitressing, after being let go from her high-profile marketing job. With no experience under her belt, she's immediately thrust into the fray at Roulette, one of the most upscale restaurants in New York. Along the way, she begins dating Phil, a sous chef at the restaurant, but finds herself attracted to Daniel, a TV producer and restaurant customer. It's an interesting look at the inside of a restaurant as told from the point of view of a member of the waitstaff.

As with all books in the chick lit genre, there are good and bad things about this novel. It's a fast-paced, easy read, with some interesting characters. Having never worked as a waiter, I don't know how true-to-life this book is, but it made me not want to ever be a waiter myself! Even being a receptionist looks good in comparison. However, I thought the Erin-Daniel relationship was a little too far-fetched. Parts of the plot were extremely predictable. I thought the authors could have fleshed out a little more the reason for why Erin left her marketing job (there's a reason, but it gets lost in the rest of the story). And its a juicy reason for leaving, so I wanted to learn more! I also thought the ending was corny as a cornfield. But in all, this was an enjoyable look at what it's like to be a "penguin."
Author interview at: Trashionista


Nicole said…
Chick-lit usually isn't the best written, but it definitely entertains. It sounds like this one did it's job.

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