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Girl From Mars by Julie Cohen

Girl From Mars

by Julie Cohen

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It's nice to read chick-fic about a nerdy girl who draws comic books for a living and prefers pints at the pub to shopping for shoes. I liked her, although she was a little too socially and romantically inept for me to relate to.
Most chick-fic I get rid of after one read, but this will stick around on my shelf and likely be read again when enough time has passed that I've forgotten what happens. ( )
  cherrybob_omb | Sep 23, 2013 |
Fil (Philomena Desdemona Brown, daughter of two professors) is happy living with her best guy friend and hanging out with two more of her sci-fi obsessed friends. She's the main artist on her very favorite comic book, Girl From Mars, and is content with the way her life is going. When one of the four mates starts a serious relationship and pulls away from the group, the other three make a vow not to forsake each other for relationships. Meanwhile, at work there's a shake-up as well. Dan McKay, the grandson of Girl From Mars' creator and a hotshot Hollywood director in his own right, is brought in to breathe new life into the Girl From Mars storyline. Fil, who has a long standing attachment to the comic and who knows the history backwards and forwards, is highly resistant to any change in the timeless Girl. And while Fil and Dan face off over the direction of the comic, they also try to figure out the growing attraction between the two of them. But of course, Fil has made the no-relationship vow with her best friends and so she feels underhanded and disloyal for wanting so badly to be with Dan. Things get even more complicated when Fil's best friend admits to feelings for her.

This was a fun romp of a book. It was generally fairly predictable but it was enjoyable anyway. There is a lot of fascinating information about the writing, art, and production of comics. Fil is a conflicted but loyal character and while some of her decisions would inspire a thwack on the noggin' in real life, in general she's unusual and sympathetic. Plunking her firmly in a male dominated world makes her naivete about relationships completely believable. Even her inability to see the insularity of their small group seems in character for her. Her friends are less fleshed out, as is love interest and antagonist Dan McKay, but as the focus is more on Fil's self-realizations within the confines of her friendship and romantic relationship, backgrounding the secondary characters doesn't take away from the plot. Fil and Dan's relationship evolves slowly and naturally, adding to Fil's confusion and final understanding about herself. The ending to this book is slightly unexpected and perfect. Fans of chick lit will enjoy this unique and delightful novel. ( )
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"I, Philomena Desdemona Brown, do solemnly swear to forsake all romantic relationships . . ." It's not like the vow, made by Fil and her three nerdy male best friends, seemed much of a big deal at the time. Frankly, Fil wouldn't know romance if it hit her in the face, and with her real love being her artist job at Girl from Mars, the comic whose heroine has never had a love interest, she doesn't exactly mind being relationship-free anyway. Until her world is rocked to its core when one of her long-standing quartet and Girl from Mars herself both unexpectedly fall in love. Is it time to give in to temptation and finally fall in love?

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It's not like the vow to forsake all romantic relationships made by Fil and her three nerdy male best friends seemed much of a big deal at the time - frankly, Fil wouldn't know romance if it hit her in the face. But her world is rocked to its core when Fil unexpectedly finds herself falling in love.… (more)

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