â€œWitty and wonderful, sparkling and sophisticated, this debut romantic comedy brilliantly tells the story of one very messy, very high-profile divorce, and the endearingly cynical young lawyer dragooned into handling it.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firmâ€™s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightlyâ€™s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Janeâ€“and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that sheâ€™s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia canâ€™t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: Itâ€™s her first divorce, too.
Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesnâ€™t leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling. Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers, this playful reinvention of the epistolary form races along with humor and heartache, exploring the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails. For Sophie, the whole affair sparks a hard look at her own relationshipsâ€“not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself. Much like â€œWhereâ€™d You Go, Bernadette,â€ â€œThe Divorce Papers â€œwill have you laughing aloud and thanking the literature gods for this incredible, fresh new voice in fiction.â€
This book for me started off with so much potential. Reading the synopsis made it sound like it was going to be extremely fun to match the really cute cover. When I received it and flipped through the pages, I squealed with joy seeing that the format was extremely unique. This book is told through emails and letters. So in my opinion that is really cool. Then I started to read it. I thought, â€œHey, this is going to be such a fun and quick read.â€ Boy was I wrong. The great stuff ended there.
I have only been able to get 123 pages into this book and even that was a struggle. My goal was to give it a fair chance and at least read half. It has been at least 3 days since I put the book down and I cannot for the life of me get myself to pick it back up. I have felt extremely guilty about my inability to pick this book back up. I received this book from Blogging for Books and feel that it is my job to read the entire thing, but I just canâ€™t for many reasons.
The plot is just dull and dry. I feel like the only way I would enjoy this book, is if I were a lawyer, which Iâ€™m not. All of the legal jargon and actual pages of divorce standings are just not my thing. The way the author does it makes it hard to access the critical plot information from someone who is not in the professional field of law. To me the plot really just isnâ€™t there. In out of 123 pages, all I know is a character is getting a divorce, the lawyer on the case does not want to take the case, and thatâ€™s it. The author adds random tidbits about characters love life situations into random emails, that just donâ€™t add to the story or make sense due to the format in which the story is being told.
I also feel like the book isnâ€™t believable in the parts of the plot that we are given. What woman would want a lawyer to defend her, even for twice the pay, that has no experience what so ever in the divorce world. I also donâ€™t understand how the said lawyer with no experience in the divorce world would have the courage to flat out tell her boss all the reasons she should not be put on the case. He is your boss, he gives you a job, and you do it. Simple as that.
I feel no connection to the characters. The email and letter correspondences change through out the book. I have no idea what character is writing the letter or talking until the end. It makes it extremely hard to relate to what character is which. It is rare for me to not care what happens to the characters and in this case I donâ€™t. Iâ€™m not invested enough to see what happens to them in the end. Most books, even the worst books, make me want to finish them because I want to know how it ends up for the characters, but I donâ€™t want to with this book.
I have DNFâ€™ed maybe 3 books in my whole entire life because usually I have a will to force myself through even the worst of books. There is no will for me with this book. I may try at a later time to re-pick this book up, but not in the near future. I do not recommend this book at this current time, but I would like to thank Blogging for Books for the opportunity to read this book and give it an honest review.