“I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley

In the form of a series of essays, Sloane Crosley takes us through various escapades of her life in New York. It will undoubtedly be compared to Sex and the City (without the sex – although there is an essay on one night stands), but I’m not sure that does it justice. It is wry, witty and intelligently written. I think most women would find something to identify with Sloane, maybe it’s the fish out of water suburban girl moving to the big city, or the tale of being a bridesmaid, or the boss from hell in your first job, and the tales all seem to be told with honesty and humour, and beautifully observed. Her descriptions make New York come alive and at times it feels like you’re reading a letter or email from a friend rather than reading a book.

My favourite was “The Ursula Cookie” recounting her first job in publishing. A brilliant interview, her boss is a new found kindred spirit, and this is where her life really begins, before the downward spiral to where she finds herself baking a giant cookie in the shape of Ursula’s head.

Thoroughly enjoyable; I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any future books from this author.

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