Genre: New Adult, Contemporary with a touch magic 🙂
Published July 3rd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Copy received from publisher
format: paperback | eBook
Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky , Synopsis from goodreads:
In Nora Zelevansky’s hilarious debut, Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose, while ghost writing her blog. Veruca’s glitteringly opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with a promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (for once) and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide who she is—once and for all. With her own magical touch, Zelevansky deftly explores the world of rarified Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale of first love, finding one’s voice and growing up.
The synopsis and the cover is what drew me into this story. Clearly, the cover is beautiful! Mostly, I read YA – but the protagonist in Semi-Charmed Life is just in College, so I would consider this fall into the New-Adult genre, a genre a truly adore!
Hilarious with a Fantastic and Unique Writing
When I’m reflecting this book, one facet sticks out most: the unique writing!! It was incredibly fun, hilarious at some points and clearly unique. The whole writing seemed effortless, easy and fun! Nora Zelevansky manages to draw you into her story with her unique style that is truly captivating! Her description of what’s going on Bea’s mind plastered a smile on my face, trying to imagine what I was reading right now!
“She imagined how much easier the conversation might be with a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate her thoughts:” This graph indicated how bummel I am that we’re not speaking. The pie chart’s sizable orange section demonstrates the overwhelming percentage of people who currently think I’m a moron. (..)” pg. 295 eARC of Semi-Charmed Life
Finding your way in the world is not easy
Bea is in college , yet she’s still trying to find her way around in the world without her parents. She wants finally be her own person and cut the cord. However, Bea has to realize that even though you are in college doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially not if you have such a loving family that wants to protect you and also, if you are born into a family where everyone is a great artist. Where does Bea fits into this world?
Bea is cute, adorable, funny and naive at some points. So when she’s getting the opportunity to jump into the shadow of a celebrity world – she jumps right in and asks questions later.
Odd and different!
I admit I had a few problems getting a sense for this book… See, I expected a “normal” contemporary story about a girl finding her way in life. Spiked with a few celebrity elements and I was sure this was going to be a fun book! However, there was something magical and odd about the story. And I do not mean odd in a bad way! It was different! Yet, this took me a while to comprehend and grasps and it irritated me a few times. Once I as accustomed to these oddities I enjoyed the story much more!
Therefore the first part was moving very slowly and it took me some time to get into the story – but then it picked up pace and then I realized that I was eagerly turning pages and pages!
Romance lovers like me out there? Being me, I hoped for a little deeper development of the romance. But, it was not part of the main storyline so I do understand that it was not a major focus. However, there was romance and it was sweet and slowly progressing. I just wished that Ben would have been flashed out more. He played a rather minor role and I would have loved to see more of him because I think he was such a great character and I missed getting to know him better!
Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky is a clever and witty debut – even downright hilarious at some point. Nora Zelevansky has a unique, fantastic writing that definitely stands out and shines! Despite a slower start and an initial adjustment phase this book was full of wonder and magic. I happily recommend this one to all readers who enjoy something different among the coming-of-age novels!
This is Nora Zelevansky Debut novel and she clearly shines! She does not only write about blogging in her novel, she’s also a passionate blogger herself! Check out her Blog! Besides, I LOVE her website! So sooo pretty 🙂