Not Working: A Novel by Lisa Owens

Not Working: A NovelNot Working: A Novel by Lisa Owens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Twenty-something Claire decides to quit her job in order to find herself and decide what she’d rather be doing. Her family and friends are confused by her actions and eventually Claire manages to start pushing them away. In the midst of a disagreement with her mother and her relationship becoming strained with her doctor boyfriend Claire is determined to continue on her journey of self discovery.

Not Working had potential to be a really funny read but unfortunately I found that it fell way short of that mark in my opinion. It still had it moments here and there but a lot of it is so scattered that I struggled to make sense of just what was going on most of the time.

Written in somewhat of a diary type of format the book is made up of just random happenings in Claire’s daily life. This format was so frantic that I really wasn’t connecting much with Claire at all. Starting off after her leaving her job we randomly have someone tell her she needs to remove a Buddleia plant which Claire then seems to obsess with way more than you’d think would be anywhere close to entertaining. The argument with her mother was a little weird and slightly disturbing too, not sure how that even happened.

With the randomness of this read you can weed through and find some funny moments.
For instance Claire goes to the gym to cancel her membership and ends up signing up for a personal trainer instead. These little bits and pieces of funny moments though just weren’t enough to make me fall in love with the jumpiness of the story.

Overall, not my cup of tea unfortunately and not really one I’d recommend.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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