Ellen (ennienyc) wrote,

Improbable scenarios

You know how you tell a white lie or pretend to be someone you're not, and it soon spirals out of control? No? Well, this happened in 3 books I recently read.

"Guilty Feet" by Kelly Harte - Life is tough in Leeds, as Jo breaks up with Dan, loses her Internet job, and has family problems. Jo's friend (or is she?) and Dan's neighbor Libby apprises her of Dan's activities, but Jo wants a closer view so she creates a new identity and strikes up an online friendship with her ex. Complications ensue (was there any doubt?). Eh.

"The Shiksa Syndrome" by Laurie Graff - Aimee's (non-Jewish) boyfriend breaks up with her, and she re-enters the dating scene and meets nice Jewish guy Josh Hirsch. When he assumes she's a shiksa (her name and appearance aren't particularly Jewish), she does not correct him since everyone knows Jewish boys love their golden shiksas. The ruse continues way too long, and zany complications ensue. This got offensive and uncomfortable (Amy pretends not to know her family, they visit her "church"), though I must admit it was funny when Josh surprised her with a trip to her "hometown" Scranton (she was actually from the Upper West Side). Oy.

"Room for Love" by Andrea Meyer - Jacquie's sister is meeting men while looking for an NYC apartment, so Jacquie decides to do the same - and gets a magazine to pay her to write about it. Never mind that she already has a perfectly good apartment. Sure enough, she finds a great place with a hunky roommate, moves in, hooks up, and neglects to tell him the truth (and has to sublet her other place). Complications ensue. Not bad, but I'm still putting it up for trade.

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