Slacker Girl Review

Bear in mind that the following review was written for a private Christian campus newspaper.

“Slacker Girl”

By Lex Tan

The main character of the novel, “Slacker Girl”, is Jane Cooper, a New Yorker who embroiders in an Italian cafe, shuns the nine to five hour schedule, and frequently ponders her relationship with The Universe.  If that’s not strange enough, she is somehow still a corporate relationship manager, though probably by bribing her office manager A.K.A. Miss Piss & Vinegar with “hush pastry”

The author, Alexandra Koslow, further complicates our witty heroine’s pursuit of leisure by providing her with a best friend of 10 years, Rebecka, who of course, is Jane’s utterly exasperated, different (better?) half. Further complicating the mix, is a hip boss, Ray, who could not be any more understanding of Jane’s unique work ethic, which definitely contributes to his dismay when she decides to go on a (to put it lightly, untimely) holiday, right after he makes the ultimate New Yorker’s sacrifice – putting his career on the line, so that she can keep hers. Even as other characters traipse in and out of the story, the stage is set for the familiar theatrics and unexpected twists.

A riveting read, both entertaining and quirky, the author hits home with a hard look at New York’s infamous work ethic with well-phrased narratives from our lovable Jane’s point of view, such as, “People so identify with their jobs and careers that working hard in a particular industry is now the sorority or fraternity to join after college, and we are very Greek Town.” The resplendent array of colorful characters and descriptive scenery introduced in this story are both familiar and outrageous, creating a smooth blend that relaxes and amuses the reader. Overall, it is a light read, suitable for study-aholics who want to take a look into the mind of a true blue connoisseur of leisure, or those who just need something to enjoy a slight respite from textbooks.

Slacker Girl is Koslow’s first novel, and in my books, a strong starter. Be forewarned though, even while the message in this book is light-hearted and enjoyable, this book does contain the use of coarse language and several situations more suited to a mature audience.

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