Review – Pursuing the Times by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Title: Pursuing the Times
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Published: August 24th 2012

Book Description

All that popular Chick-Lit author Mercury Lauren wants is to have one of her books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review - just one - and she'll do almost anything to get it. In this contemporary romantic comedy, with a nod toward Pride and Prejudice she crosses swords and hearts with the Editor-in-Chief of the NYTBR in a madcap adventure that takes her from her home in Westport to a yoga retreat to a golf course in Florida. Will she get what she wants and will she finally be happy if she does? Only one thing's for certain: nothing will stop her from Pursuing the Times.

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My Review

I picked up Pursuing the Times, intending on only reading a few chapters before going about my day, but I was completely engrossed by it that I ended up reading it from cover to cover in one sitting! What a fun and refreshing read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mercury Lauren has just published her 5th book and is a bit peeved that she hasn’t been reviewed by the New York Times. She doesn’t understand why they won’t give her book a chance, could it be because it is categorised as chick-lit? She attends the annual National Book Awards with her agent and manages to set the whole rollercoaster into motion of pursuing the times to get her book reviewed.

Mercury is a quirky girl and I was able to see a lot of myself in her. I wouldn't go to the extreme measures that she does in this book, but I am always cursing myself for doing silly things and not thinking until afterwards that it probably wasn't the best way to go about it. She is the kind of girl who over analyses everything and only has her friend/agent, Angel, to turn to for advice. She is quick to make a decision and traipses all over the country to try and fulfil her goal of being published in the New York Times.

I was truly captivated by this book! Pursuing the Times is a highly entertaining read and the comedy aspect was uplifting. There were a few times that I was laughing at Mercury so hard that I had tears in my eyes! (Ahem... At the Golf Course.) Lauren Baratz-Logsted has written a fabulous book, with her own spin that reminded me of Bridget Jones! There were so many times I was yelling at Mercury, ‘No, don’t do it!’ but of course she didn’t listen to me and she had me in stitches instead! I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

I was an independent bookseller and buyer for 11 years before deciding to take a chance on myself as a novelist. While trying to sell my books, I worked variously as a Publishers Weekly reviewer, a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. My first novel, The Thin Pink Line, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published by Red Dress Ink in 2003 as their own first-ever hardcover. It was published in 11 countries and was the first book from any Harlequin imprint ever to receive a starred Kirkus review. I've since had over 20 books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin's Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series, created with my husband and daughter). Recently, I've published a few ebooks as well, including a comedic romance for adults, The Bro-Magnet. I live in Danbury, CT, with my wonderful husband Greg and my equally wonderful daughter Jackie.


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