Book: Single, Carefree, Mellow Author: Katherine Heiny Date of Publication: February 3, 2015 Publisher: Fourth Estate Pages: 242 Genre: fiction, short stories, chick lit, romance, humor Source: NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Beans
In the title story, we meet Maya, who is torn between her wryly funny boyfriend and the allure of her veterinarian. In “Andorra,” a woman’s lover calls her every Thursday as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counselling. “How to Give the Wrong Impression” shows us a woman pining for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tell her that her palm is sweaty. In “The Dive Bar” a girl agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife. Revisiting Maya in several stories, chronicling her various states of love, this is a collection about how we are unfaithful to each other, both wilfully and unwittingly. Populated with unwelcome house guests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and flirtatious older men, the stories are emotionally astute, sexy, and disarming-and they introduce us to a tart, and marvellous, new voice.
When I realized that this book was a series of short stories, I was going to use it as a before bed sort of read, but once I started, I found I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. This book had me laughing and crying at different points. In general, this book is about women who fall in love with men they aren’t dating or married to or men who are already married. The subject matter reminded me of the ladies and episodes from Sex in the City and that make me very happy, because I enjoyed that show and still like to watch it when I need a mindless and distracting tv show!
As much as I really enjoyed the different women and their stories of love, I was left feeling sorry for the human race, if women do this on their wedding night, they really shouldn’t get married to begin with. Otherwise, I had no issues with this book and found it very funny and a quick read. I would highly recommend this book and will be telling a few friends about it. It’s good subject matter and it’s a very quick read. I give this book four out of five beans. Happy reading!