Review: Saved by the Celebutante, by Kirsty McManus

If you’re looking for deep and meaningful feminist literature to inspire your daily thinking and change the world, you’re in the wrong spot. I wanted a light, face-paced romantic comedy with zany and lovable characters, and Kirsty McManus delivered: I wasn’t disappointed.

Saved by the Celebutante starts with a big shock for both the reader and our protagonist, Chrissie. Her whole life is suddenly A-over-T and we follow her closely on her journey to set it right again. Picking up a celebutante as a client looks like just the break she needs, but with so many distractions in her life, she’s not really in a position to capitalise on it.

Chrissie’s antics are as charming and frustrating as a kid sister, so I alternated between wanting to hug her and wanting to throttle her. And occasionally wanting to laugh and point. When she eventually figures out where her loyalties should lie, we follow her on a road trip to a festival in the desert — a very eye-opening experience for both Chrissie and me!

(Excuse me while I culturally stereotype here, based on another Australian chick-lit author, Donna Joy Usher.) I think the author’s Australianism comes through in tiny demonstrations of self-deprecating humour that are far more refreshing and engaging than the self-indulgent drama I’m used to seeing in the genre. Don’t get me wrong — there’s plenty of that too, but it’s balanced out nicely by the chuckles.

I got to the end of this book wanting more — a sequel, or maybe a spinoff featuring Gia. Or something with Oli. Oh, yes. That one. Please?

Disclosure: I read an advance review copy of this book and provided feedback to the author but received no payment for my feedback or review.

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