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A Series of Unfortunate Meet Cutes Provides Nine Quickies to Satisfy Romance Lovers' Needs
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jun 23rd, 2022 2:08 pm

A Series of Unfortunate Meet Cutes is an anthology made up of nine steamy, novella-length, romance stories. As the title implies, the theme that ties these nine stories together is a meet-cute between a man and a woman laden with awkwardness and sometimes eliciting secondhand embarrassment. The stories are all, though rooted in the same theme and familiar tropes, distinctly different from each other, each one bringing a fresh new take on a different relationship. Though they all feature open-doo...

Kikuko Tsumura Nuances the Millennial Pursuit for Purposeful Work in ‘There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job’
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jun 9th, 2022 12:23 am

There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job, Kikuko Tsumura’s latest novel, translated by Polly Barton, follows a nameless protagonist, who, in the wake of burnout from a job she’s worked at for 14 years, decides to quit. Her new mission is to find a job that “requires no reading, no writing, and ideally, very little thinking.” Throughout the course of the novel, spanning a time period of one year, our protagonist will traverse through five different jobs, each one as mundane and as odd as the next one...

‘Normal People’ TV Mini Series Review: Sally Rooney’s Novel About Human Connection Stuns on the Small-Screen as it Does on Paper
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jun 9th, 2022 12:49 am

If I had no idea who Sally Rooney was and you told me that she’s published two best-selling novels and can now add an adapted series to her resume, I’m not gonna lie, I’d be salty AF. If you added that she’s not even thirty yet, I might actually slap you and tell you to stop lying. Then I’d walk away crying. This isn’t an alternate universe, though. I know perfectly well who Rooney is, having devoured her two novels, Normal People and Conversations with Friends, within a week of each other, earl...