Review: What Nora Knew – Linda Yellin

What Nora Knew

What Nora Knew

Linda Yellin

My rating:

5 star

Goodreads summary:

Molly is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family’s Long Island upholstery business.  For the past four years Molly’s been on staff at Eye Spy, covering all the wacky assignments.  She’s snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year-old chiropractor.  He’s comfortable, but safe.  When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance “in the style of Nora Ephron,” she flunks out big time.  Clearly she can’t recognize romance.  And in her own life, she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her.  Mainly because he’s a well-known player.

But, with help from Nora Ephron’s movies, Molly learns to open her heart, suppress her cynicism, and find her very own fairytale ending.  Linda Yellin’s WHAT NORA KNEW will captivate readers with its charm and humor.

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This was a highly entertaining book to read, but there was just so much more to it than pure entertainment. It gave me this feeling of sitting down with a friend and having a long overdue heart-to-heart. The first part of the book is a little catch-up session with Molly. This will help you realize how Molly sees the world around her, because we get to see what she’s been through. Some people might not like this part, but it didn’t bother me in the slightest. Actually it just made me feel engaged in the story right away, just like you would while chatting with a good friend. Molly’s personal history was told in a speedy and witty fashion which was a lot of fun to read. It left me wanting to know how the story continued which just caused me to breeze through the book very fast.

Molly seemed like someone I could really get along with in real life. Her voice definitely colored the story for the better because it was a beautiful combination of honesty and witty comments, both of which I love dearly. The interactions she had with the people in her life seemed like they were plucked tight out of reality. From the semi-awkward interactions with co-workers she doesn’t really like to real talks and joking around with good friends. Another thing I really liked about Molly was the dedication she had to her job. She might not have liked the job she was currently doing, but she did love where this job could lead her and she stuck with it. Nothing makes me as disappointed as the “let’s quit this job and instantly find my dream job”-storyline. That, along with so many other things in this book, just made the whole reading experience a very honest one, which I really enjoyed and have missed in many other books. I also want to add that I really enjoy Molly’s family as well. They all head their own character and desires and it just was nice to read about them.

As for the story in this book, it can’t be said that a lot of super exciting action scenes were included in the book. But this story just didn’t need that, it did fine without all those action-packed pages. And let’s be honest, who really has a life that is filled to the brim with excitement? The entirety of this book just has such an honest and true to life feel that got me so invested in Molly’s story. And the writing just aided that as well. There a very nice flow in general and a beautifully relaxed pace (which I don’t mean to say that it was slow in any way). A way in which I thought the writing really shone was the dialogue. It was written in such a way that it never felt forced or fabricated.

In general this book was absolutely delightful to  read, I really loved it to pieces. It delivered so much more than I expected and I will most definitely be recommending this book to anyone and everyone. If you are looking for a great read: pick up this book. You won’t regret it.

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