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The Suite Life (2013)

by Suzanne Corso(Favorite Author)
2.98 of 5 Votes: 3
ISBN
1451698186 (ISBN13: 9781451698183)
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Gallery Books
review 1: The suite life is a story of a young woman, who wrote a novel of her extraordinary survival being a mob girlfriend. She has made a life of her own, despite all the restrictions she had from the old relation ship. The heady way over the top world wind romance is dramatic in its scope and how drawn the main character is attracted to the overtly aggressive love of life leading man. Her hinted at troubled childhood, difficult past relationships, makes her enduring as she struggles with seeing the reality before her. The drawn out extremely morbid marriage, Alec's extravagance and neglect, his abusive obsessive drug addled nature makes the 12 first years of marriage similar to her abusive childhood. The hardest part is her attempt to turn a blind eye to his behavior. Her excuse... mores and acceptance of his behavior only climax when his Wall Street financial world comes crashing down. All his ostentatious belongings, and possessions are sold. He is forced to borrow money to keep them into their small down sized apartment. His depression and his self medication set him in a spiraling down fall of self abuse and neglect that makes his financial downfall just more dramatic. Samantha is able to pull up her boot straps, work as a producer for plays that brings enough money to keep her and her child fed. She is able to finally establish herself with in her own right. As Alec spirals into psychological breakdown, she has the first step of success, and finally publishes the book she wrote so many years ago.
review 2: This book chronicles the life of Samantha Bonti as she leaves relative poverty in Brooklyn for a wealthy Manhattan life with a Wall Street husband. For the first hundred pages or so, the book is uneventful. A woman who often refers to herself in the third person falls in love with a showy man whose main character traits are over-eating and listening to Alanis Morissette. Thankfully, the characters are subsequently fleshed out and become far more interesting as the market crash hits and the family self-destructs. Samantha learns that there are rather too many parallels between her marriage and a previous relationship with a mobster. If that had been done subtly, I might be more enamoured with this book. As it is, there is more telling than showing. The first person narrator frequently declares how clear the parallels are and repeats aphorisms. I liked how linear the plot was. It was generally accessible and an easy, quick read. It has some lessons to teach about the perils of decadence and corruption and the importance of self-reliance. It has strong Christian themes, though relied too heavily on religiosity as a measure of good character. It is a sequel, so perhaps I would have got more from it if I had read the previous instalment. I was interested enough to read it to the end. Generally, I think this book is a casualty of bad branding or marketing. I’m sure there is an audience that would really enjoy it, but the reviews I’ve seen so far all indicate that they were expecting something that the book didn’t provide. This could indicate that the synopsis was not representative of the content. Reviews complain that it is too much like ‘chick-lit’ or ‘Christian fiction’. I contend that if it had been marketed as such then it would have reached the right readers and perhaps seen fewer negative reviews.Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the advanced review copy. less
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verona
Received this book as an advance copy through net galley and devoured it in 3 days.
jemkelly
Emotional and thought provoking. Reminds you of what's important in life.
Fay
I knew it was going to run out of control at some point!
torii
Don't waste your time. Completely unbelievable.
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