This is also a book for the Canadian Book Review mini-challenge March. Thank you Melanie for setting up this challenge. It moved me to read books that I never would have.
The title of this book really struck me the wrong way, if you know what I mean. I don’t usually read a book that has a title like this. However, as I stood in the stack of my library and read the first few pages of the book, something shifted in me enough for me to take the book out of the library and read it our mini-challenge.
Jen Agg is a restaurateur in Toronto. She is an outspoken person. She sees the world in quite a hilarious way, and the book made me laugh out loud as I was reading it. But then I wondered if under all of this humour, there wasn’t at least some anger.
She appeared to me as a woman who was trying to fit into a career that intrigued her but that didn’t really move her to be her best. It was a career that made her suspicious of everything and everyone, until she actually found out for herself that such a person was to be trusted.
Her observations of the restaurant industry and the world around her was also hilarious. She tends to view the world with a very different set of glasses from most women that I met. Yet she was intriguing enough for me to keep reading her book until I actually read the whole book. I really didn’t expect to. I guess it was the angst that she portrayed to her world and that she very skillfully put onto each page of the book that compelled me to continue reading.
She had an amazing work ethic, but it was very different again from anyone I ever encountered. You can say she was unique.
The restaurant industry is dominated by men. So, fitting into that industry is difficult. And that Jenn portrays with raw honesty and authenticity.
This book is worth reading. But be careful because you may just be drawn into her angst and suspicion.
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth