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Jillian

by Halle Butler

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Quirky, with a side order of side-eye. This petite novel concerns co-workers Jillian and Megan and asks the reader to choose sides. Megan despises Jillian, who is worthy of contempt for all her self-delusion and lying. In about 225 pages, Jillian: gets a rescue dog and keeps it locked up in the bathroom all day, lies about a collision with a deer on the road and scams her employers, two gastroenterologists, into giving her prescription Tylenols, and neglects her toddler son. All of this, however, does not make Megan a better person in comparison. It's every horrible job you've ever had and every awful employee you've ever met, but the redemption is that Megan's lack of awareness of her own foibles make it all pretty hilarious - or just hilarious - it's not a pretty pictures. If you require likeable characters in your stories, run away.

Quotes: "Amanda was low-medium pretty, less pretty than Megan, which put Megan at ease, but more attractive than Megan because she bothered to groom herself."

"If you see something you're envious of, the only escape hatch from that feeling is to insult the object, but that was a hatch that just led to a deeper and more confusing layer of self-doubt and self-dislike." ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 6, 2017 |
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Megan, a bitter young medical secretary, takes a break from her overwhelming feelings of social rejection by keeping track of the disgusting habits of her co-worker, Jillian. Meanwhile, Jillian's misguided "go for it!" attitude leads her towards a series of unadvisable decisions.… (more)

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