Sunday, May 25, 2014

Between Boyfriends by Sarka Jonae: Spotlight and Review

 






Between Boyfriends is runner-up in the MARSocial Author of the Year competition.

At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills.

Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it’s time for Jan to grow up.

Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it’s time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she’ll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her?

BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a sexy, hilarious story of living life, finding love, and growing up... but not necessarily in that order.

Praise for Between Boyfriends:

"This book is the ultimate chick-lit read--a light-hearted romp focused on the travails of Jan, a college student dumped by her boyfriend, an SDSU student. The moment proves an epiphany, as Jan resolves to stop dating and find fulfillment as a single woman." - East County Magazine

Between Boyfriends "presents a unique twist on the chick lit genre." - Hollywood & Vine magazine

"Over the course of the book, Jan, who is in her early 20s, begins to grow as a person and even strikes up a true friendship with a man, a first for her." - Rancho Santa Fe Review

"Between Boyfriends is a delicious slice of chick-lit! Snappy dialogue sets this story apart from the pack as it follows a young woman who, financially cut off by her parents when she fails to attend school, learns that life is more than her Amex card, and reunites with a mother who has endured her own brand of pain." - Jan Moran, bestselling author


 REVIEW

4 Stars

This well-written book really kept me entertained.  The superficiality and backstabbing snobbery of the well-to-do college dilettantes is caustically underscored throughout.  This is the story of a young, wealthy woman who gets dumped by her handsome, hen-pecked boyfriend and shortly after that gets disowned by her parents when they discover she has been lying to them and re-purposing their tuition money.

The dialogues sparkle with angst, wit, and humor.  It was a pleasure watching Jan make her own way and learn from her mistakes as the story progressed.  I personally have little in common with Jan as my upbringing was decidedly more modest but that simply allowed me the pleasure of discovery and mental comparison I otherwise would have missed out on.

 I profoundly disliked Jan in the early chapters, and was actually quite sympathetic to her ex’s reasons for giving her the ol’ heave ho. However, as Jan’s perception of herself in the larger scheme of life slowly evolved, and as her focus became less selfish, I began to like her better.  Finally, I was fully in her corner, caught up in her hopes and aspirations as she struggled to find her place in the world. 

The novel excels at depicting the emotional rollercoaster that became Jan’s life.  Old friends drifted away but new friendships arose from unexpected sources. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction with personality, involving flawed characters going about the business of life.

This book was given me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J


MEET THE AUTHOR 

Sárka-Jonae is a novelist, publicist, and journalist, among other “ists” there aren’t room for. Her novel writing career began with Between Boyfriends, an edgy chick-lit book for women who’ve been ”between boyfriends”, which is much cooler than being single.

SJ is a graduate of Syracuse University. Before writing full-time, she was a personal trainer and massage therapist, helping people tone up, slim down, and chill out. In her free time, Sárka-Jonae loves to dance in flash mobs, in music videos, on speakers, or at home in her underwear. She practices kung fu and yoga, was briefly a Buddhist nun, and travels extensively for ”research”. She’s a huge animal lover and has been vegan since 1999. She’s committed to respectfully unveiling the tru
...more Sárka-Jonae is a novelist, publicist, and journalist, among other “ists” there aren’t room for. Her novel writing career began with Between Boyfriends, an edgy chick-lit book for women who’ve been ”between boyfriends”, which is much cooler than being single.

SJ is a graduate of Syracuse University. Before writing full-time, she was a personal trainer and massage therapist, helping people tone up, slim down, and chill out. In her free time, Sárka-Jonae loves to dance in flash mobs, in music videos, on speakers, or at home in her underwear. She practices kung fu and yoga, was briefly a Buddhist nun, and travels extensively for ”research”. She’s a huge animal lover and has been vegan since 1999. She’s committed to respectfully unveiling the truth about the horrific way factory farms abuse animals. SJ lives in San Diego with two cats and two dogs.
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