Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Review - #FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar

I am very bad about reviewing books I read.
I should be good about it. I want people to review my book, seeing a new review makes me smile. 
But when it comes to sitting down and writing a review of a book I just finished, it gets a big thumbs down (as my youngest son would do).
So my goal this year is to write more reviews. There, I said it, it’s out there, the Internet universe has seen it, and now I have to do it.
Or something like that.
Anyway…so this book.

I received #FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar as my book of the month a few months back from Book of the Month Club (which is pretty cool if you’re not a member, $14.99/month for one new hardcover book, $9.99 for an add on extra book). It was described as a story about murder and the fashion industry. OK, I’m interested.

What we get is the main character, Anya, who works at a fashion magazine (her lifelong goal) and who also kills some people who annoy her or cause her problems in her quest to be the BFF of her co-worker and super fashionista, Sarah. The problem is, Anya isn’t really fashionable (according to industry standards) and Sarah thinks she’s a dud (and is not into being her BFF). But Anya is delusional and assumes that eventually Sarah will realize Anya is her one and only BFF. 

So that’s the story.

Overall it was a quick read as it was interesting, entertaining, and I really wanted to keep reading to see what Anya was going to do next. As in “dear god, train wreck, OMG WTF is she doing now?” (using the acronyms used throughout the text). As I read, I did wonder if the stories about the fashion industry were accurate (are people really that backstabbing, is it really as WASP-y as she described?). As the book ended, I wondered what had been the goal, why did the author write it? Was it to entertain the reader? If so, she did a great job. If there was an underlying theme or “take away,” I didn’t catch it. 

If you’re looking for an entertaining beach read or something to read when you have extra time, this vapid story will do. It’s like eating all of the calories without any sort of full feeling.

Do you use Goodreads? Come hang with me there! 

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