Chick Flick Central: Literature Edition

Victoria Budzien

1.5 Stars

December 3, 2015

Book: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

I very much respect every form of written literature, but chick-flicky novels are not my cup of tea. I originally picked this book up thinking it would appeal to my more fast-paced-with-strong-female-character obsessed side. Sad to say it didn't. There was nothing wrong with the book inherently. It's actually very well written in a appreciativly unique way, using solely documents, emails, and handwritten notes to develop the plot.

Given this, it's difficult to decipher what exactly is going on at times. I've read books like this before, and found them a nice change from the ordinary narrative structure scene. However, here, it seemed like the story could have been easier followed through an ordinary narrative structure. The plot wasn't my thing to begin with, as I said earlier, but it's not a bad one. 

The plot is as follows (source: Goodreads):
Witty 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 firm'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, Golightly'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 Jane--and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she's never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can't be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It's her first divorce, too. 
Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn'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 relationships--not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself. Much like "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," "The Divorce Papers "will have you laughing aloud and thanking the literature gods for this incredible, fresh new voice in fiction.

So not awful. It's definitely something for most people. Just not me. Overall, I personally didn't enjoy the cheesy love stories and adult-themed drama that came with the book. However, who knows. You could enjoy it. Give it a try.