Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen


Let’s see…a story about a young single woman who hoards sweets and trashy romance novels in a cache hidden in her closet. Hmm...I’m on board! I’ll take chocolate and passion on the page over my problems any time. And so we have Josey Cirrini, the twenty-seven-year-old heroine of The Sugar Queen. She’s an almost over-the-hill Southern belle without a life or a date, no privacy from a domineering mother, and now has the town harlot camping out and black-mailing her in her bedroom closet. What’s a girl to do?

Eat, of course. “Packaged snacks, rows of sweets, towers of colas.” And continue to pine over the tall blond mailman who delivers her mail faithfully to her door every day.

Her life was supposed to be simple and uneventful, and she was happy that way, with her chocolate, with her creme-filled cookies, or so she thought. This mysterious woman in her closet, this Della Lee, turns Josey’s “simple” life upside-down, by making her step out of her comfort zone and discover who she really is, whether she wants to or not.

If you’re looking for a fluffy, light read this book’s for you. The author injected a wit and magical realism that set it apart from a typical romance, and the ending though somewhat unrealistic, even in romance terms, was still satisfying.

So, as far as this type of novel goes, this one is in league with many, many others, in that, we suspect love will conquer all. But isn’t that the point? I devoured this story as easily as a warm chocolate chip cookie (I totally craved one while reading this book!), and with almost as much satisfaction, not feeling too full but still hungry for more in the end. Overall, an enjoyable read. 3 Stars

8 comments:

hamilcar barca said...

Heh. If I was the town harlot (and that's a stretch even for my delusional mind), I'd camp out in some hunk's closet, not Josey's.

Lula O said...

Don't short change yourself. Aim high...I'm sure you'd make a fine harlot. That sounds like a - that's the rest of the story..with pictures. Definitely with pictures.

hamilcar barca said...

well, i have a couple dozen multiple personalities already, including a sheepdog. i suppose one more is NBD, and picking up a harlot persona might even be ...um... memorable. i'll see if i can find one, maybe from the Middle Ages.
;-)

Lula O said...

A sheep dog? Ever seen the Shaggy DA?

hamilcar barca said...

i'm probably showing my age - but i believe Disney made two versions of The Shaggy DA. the one i'm familiar with is the older one, with Dean Jones, and in B&W. it was pretty good, although the Absent-Minded Professor films with Fred MacMurray were better.

Lula O said...

There's a new one? I only remember having a crush on the kid in the B&W version. He was in like every disney movie for a decade.

hamilcar barca said...

hmmm. as usual, my movie recollections are amiss.

only one make of it - in 1976, so undoubtedly it was in color. took me a while to find a pic of the kid. i don't remember him at all. interestingly, they say he was in The Bourne Supremacy movie.

Samantha said...

Fantastic book. I finished it today. One of my favorites.