I was excited to receive J'adore New York last week, as I'd had my eye on it for a while. After all, fashion (especially Christian Dior!), and a bright female lawyer making her way in New York after six years with the firm in Paris was something I figured would satisfy my chick lit needs!
Catherine has just been granted an opportunity to move from her Paris office and relocate to New York to be with her firm. It's an opportunity that she knows could get her moving on the track of making partner, and she's not going to pass it up. Along the way, she encounters sleazy company men and a few women that would gladly cut her throat on their way to making it to the top. But amongst it all, she's got some great friends in the big city (my favorite being her lively and loyal assistant, Rikash) that she partners with to meet ultimate success, both in work and in love.
The story was such a pleasant surprise -- I was already prepared for love affairs and beautiful fashion, but I certainly didn't expect to get such insight into corporate law. Catherine is a talented lawyer and one of my favorite moments was her ability to take documents that are just plain boring and chock full of the "legalese" that so often confuses the rest of us, and write it into something that actually makes sense. I giggled at another moment in which she's been ordered by one of the female partners of the firm to write a memo on something completely superfluous and silly -- and Catherine manages yet again to comply without losing her soul and with full integrity. And amidst it all, Catherine has to do the ultimate -- continue to bill and bill and bill more hours. It's one of the surest ways to making partner, so working from 7 in the morning until midnight is commonplace among the ambitious.
Isabelle Lafleche has crafted a fashionably fun and incredibly smart story that makes it easy to read and feel as if you are a part of New York's legal world. You'll root for Catherine as she deals with those who stir the corporate politics pot, as she successfully proves herself to her company time and again, and most enjoyably, you'll exhale in relief and happiness when a love is found!
You may also see Lafleche's book with this cover overseas, which I just loved and wanted to make sure you saw!
It's a fun book, and one that I could easily see being made into a film. Which French actress do you think could play a part like this?
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