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What's New Pussycat? - Alexandra Potter

What's New Pussycat? - Alexandra Potter

I always enjoy discovering new authors on my wife’s side of the bookcase, although as her tastes tend to lean towards chick-lit, it’s not always an entirely pleasurable experience, particularly as the genre itself tends to be very cliched. But every author is different, so it’s only fair to give them a fair chance.

Sadly, “What’s New, Pussycat” falls into most of the genre clichés going. Right from the start, a book titled after a Tom Jones song that features a lead character called Delilah doesn’t exactly smack of originality. Sadly, things don’t really improve greatly from this point, as Delilah has hit a point where she can’t take life in Bradford with her boyfriend of 10 years any more, when she bumps into film maker Charlie Mendes in A&E, who suggests she looks him up if she’s ever in London.

Predictably, Delilah heads almost immediately for London and starts looking for him, hampered slightly by losing Charlie’s business card. She also bumps into a guy in a café, Sam, who not only falls for Delilah, but introduces her to his friend Vivienne, a larger than life character who invites Delilah into her home. Delilah sees Vivienne as a new friend, but also sees Sam the same way, much to his disappointment. Sam looks to find a way to change the way Delilah feels about him, whilst she is hunting to find what she had lost with her boyfriend with Charlie. As is so often the case with two men fighting over the same woman in a chick-lit novel, they are known to each other and have a bit of history, which means they don’t get along.

The book moves along reasonably well, as it’s quite simply written and events pass by quickly. Which comes as something of a relief, as there is very little to enjoy here. There is precious little to like about any of the characters and whilst they are all distinctive enough that they don’t get mixed up with each other, they are also wholly one-dimensional and the lead character has nothing in the way of redeeming features. This makes it hard to want her to do well, as her actions are largely selfish and her outlook entirely inward looking, with little feeling for those around her other than as tools to get her what she wants, so the outcome of her search for love became irrelevant to me as I couldn’t bring myself to care about her.

The same was true of the other characters, as there was nothing that the average person could relate to in any of them. Vivienne is best described as quirky, in both dress and sexual habits and lives a life supported by a trust fund which gives her money and time to indulge in both. This at least is an improvement over many chick-lit characters who supposedly have jobs, but still have lots of spare time and money outside their apparent occupations, so the upfront nature of her diversions was welcome, but they were so out of the ordinary that they didn’t do anything to endear the character to me and the same was the case for the rich, womanising Charlie with his expensive cars and flats and his legion of hangers on, which again many of us in less glamorous occupations cannot relate to.

It’s just as well the book does fall for most of the genre clichés, as when the book tries to veer away from them, it quickly heads towards the ridiculous. Vivienne is a prime example of this, as is the ridiculous meet-cute between Delilah and Charlie and it’s telling that the ridiculous decision to move to London to chase a guy you’ve only spoken to once seems like one of the more sensible pieces of plotting by the time you reach the entirely unbelievable ending via more suspensions of disbelief than the Forth Road Bridge. This is a book that veers from the cliched to the ridiculous without ever getting anywhere near sublime.

For something this weak, a cover price of £7.99 is too much to pay, even for a fan of Tom Jones who may enjoy singing along to the occasional lyrics sprinkled around the book. Personally, I wouldn’t be keen to pay even the kindle price of £1.99 and a used copy from Amazon at a penny plus postage is worthwhile only if the postage is free. Whilst much in the chick-lit genre is full of clichés, many such novels do offer some redeeming features, but there are none to be found here.

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  • haydnrowlandson1 published 23/11/2017
    Great Review!
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    Great reviewx
  • jo-1976 published 23/10/2017
    I'd recommend Charity Norman's books if you fancy something a bit more substantial
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Title: What's New Pussycat?

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ISBN: 1841153788

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I always enjoy discovering new authors on my wifes side of the bookcase, although as her tastes tend to lean towards chick-lit, its not always an entirely pleasurable experience, particularly as the genre itself tends to be very cliched. But every author is different, so its only fair to give them a fair chance.

Sadly, Whats New, Pussycat falls into most of the genre clichs going. Right from the start, a book titled after a Tom Jones song that features a lead character called Delilah doesnt exactly smack of originality. Sadly, things dont really improve greatly from this point, as Delilah has hit a point where she cant take life in Bradford with her boyfriend of 10 years any more, when she bumps into film maker Charlie Mendes in A&E, who suggests she looks him up if shes ever in London.

Predictably, Delilah heads almost immediately for London and starts looking for him, hampered slightly by losing Charlies business card. She also bumps into a guy in a caf, Sam, who not only falls for Delilah, but introduces her to his friend Vivienne, a larger than life character who invites Delilah into her home. Delilah sees Vivienne as a new friend, but also sees Sam the same way, much to his disappointment. Sam looks to find a way to change the way Delilah feels about him, whilst she is hunting to find what she had lost with her boyfriend with Charlie. As is so often the case with two men fighting over the same woman in a chick-lit novel, they are known to each other and have a bit of history, which means they dont get along.

The book moves along reasonably well, as its quite simply written and events pass by quickly. Which comes as something of a relief, as there is very little to enjoy here. There is precious little to like about any of the characters and whilst they are all distinctive enough that they dont get mixed up with each other, they are also wholly one-dimensional and the lead character has nothing in the way of redeeming features. This makes it hard to want her to do well, as her actions are largely selfish and her outlook entirely inward looking, with little feeling for those around her other than as tools to get her what she wants, so the outcome of her search for love became irrelevant to me as I couldnt bring myself to care about her.

The same was true of the other characters, as there was nothing that the average person could relate to in any of them. Vivienne is best described as quirky, in both dress and sexual habits and lives a life supported by a trust fund which gives her money and time to indulge in both. This at least is an improvement over many chick-lit characters who supposedly have jobs, but still have lots of spare time and money outside their apparent occupations, so the upfront nature of her diversions was welcome, but they were so out of the ordinary that they didnt do anything to endear the character to me and the same was the case for the rich, womanising Charlie with his expensive cars and flats and his legion of hangers on, which again many of us in less glamorous occupations cannot relate to.

Its just as well the book does fall for most of the genre clichs, as when the book tries to veer away from them, it quickly heads towards the ridiculous. Vivienne is a prime example of this, as is the ridiculous meet-cute between Delilah and Charlie and its telling that the ridiculous decision to move to London to chase a guy youve only spoken to once seems like one of the more sensible pieces of plotting by the time you reach the entirely unbelievable ending via more suspensions of disbelief than the Forth Road Bridge. This is a book that veers from the cliched to the ridiculous without ever getting anywhere near sublime.

For something this weak, a cover price of 7.99 is too much to pay, even for a fan of Tom Jones who may enjoy singing along to the occasional lyrics sprinkled around the book. Personally, I wouldnt be keen to pay even the kindle price of 1.99 and a used copy from Amazon at a penny plus postage is worthwhile only if the postage is free. Whilst much in the chick-lit genre is full of clichs, many such novels do offer some redeeming features, but there are none to be found here.

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haydnrowlandson1 23.11.2017 11:24

Great Review!

Chippytarka 21.11.2017 15:37

Great reviewx

jo-1976 23.10.2017 17:18

I'd recommend Charity Norman's books if you fancy something a bit more substantial

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