The Journal of Mortifying Moments

Kerry Spence is unfulfilled by her soulless career in advertising, has a terrible boss, and a cocky colleauge who claims to be in love with her, but humiliates her at every turn. Kerry is disappointed by her dysfunctional relationship with a gorgeous boyfriend, who has relegated her to one-night-roll-in-the-hay status. Kerry is horrified by the ever increasing size of her ass.

Kerry’s unflappable therapist tells her to make a record of her mortifying moments, but Kerry is more impressed with the single psychic reading with Rainbow Hoshwarma her mom has dragged her to. Kerry joins a volunteer organization and goes on a few interesting dates, and has at least 3 people who she can call friends.

This book is part formula and part slick marketing. The cover, for instance, is completely misleading. Show a cringing topless woman reaching for a bikini top floating in the pool, and that probably takes care of 50% of the sales. Title bags abother 10%, and press releases do the rest. The moments were not very mortifying, and after finishing the book, I could not help feeling women’s lives were trivialised by focussing on a chubby gal’s self-esteem due to dating problems. It is a shame, because Harding is a writer with a quirky sense of humor, and I was disappointed that she did not tackle, so to speak, a weightier issue.

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6 Responses to “The Journal of Mortifying Moments”

  1. 50% of the sales? Shouldn’t the number be higher? 🙂

  2. I really like the title…wish the rest of the book could have been as captivating!

  3. vaise, Parth, Lotus, the thing that has been nagging me about my reaction to this book. am i too dismissive about its theme? am i not being some sort of snob? i mean, why shouldn’t the problems and issues of a white woman with a career, good health, and reasonably well-off be less important than, say, an african american woman who suffers from low self esteem because of racism? or a woman from the third world who suffers from poverty? am i being too presumptuous? or this is a nice book i am knocking just because i am, perhaps, not the target reader it was intended for?

  4. Sweet girl, we all indulge in book snobbery to some extent ( I know I do). What matters is that you give us your honest opinion of the book, good or bad and then leave it up to the reader to decide if he or she wants to read the book. Frankly, I am more drawn to stories of struggling women who overcome adversity than ones where the well-off narrator whines, bitches and moans over seemingly trivial things and I am unapologetic about it. 😉

  5. well, thank you. that gives me moral strength to tackle the next review. 🙂

  6. lol, yes, you have my blessings, now go forth and review without a fear in the world! 😉 But coming back to books that deliver everything in the title and the cover, but where everything between the pages is just a filler -hate that, I feel duped when that happens!

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