Title: Will You Won’t You Want Me?
Author: Nora Zelevansky
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Marjorie Plum never meant to peak in high school. She was Queen Bee. Now, 10 years later, she’s lost her sparkle. At her bleakest moment, she’s surprised by renewed interest from a questionable childhood crush, and the bickering with her cranky boss—at a potentially game-changing new job—grows increasingly like flirtatious banter. Suddenly, she’s faced with a choice between the life she always dreamed of and one she never thought to imagine. With the help of a precocious 11-year-old tutee, who unknowingly becomes the Ghost of Marjorie Past, and a musician roommate, who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama, Marjorie struggles with the ultimate question: Who does she want to be? Nora Zelevansky’s Will You Won’t You Want Me? is a funny, often surprising, novel about growing up when you are already supposed to be grown.
Marjorie’s life was supposed to change after she got laid off and her roommate moving out with a short notice. Okay, it did her life change a little. However, everything still seemed like all come too easily. Her parents found her the apartment even though it’s in Brooklyn but cheap rent, the job literally just landed under her feet and her long time rich male friend kept chasing after her.
It was a little hard to pick the book up at first. The author did a poor job introducing the characters into the story. She would mention this character’s name then went on describing this particular character for the next 2 to 3 pages that do not anything to the main plot. Zelevansky even did it for a taxi driver and the doormen. Marjorie got in a taxi, alright there’s a driver driving the taxi but readers do not need to know the driver’s life story.
The story does get better midway through the book when all the characters have been introduced. This is also when the readers finally get to meet Gus. Like most of the books in this genre, when a guy is added to the story, there might be a love triangle going.
I really like the character Fred (Fredricka). Her scenes are usually funny and show what a good friendship should be unlike Marjorie’s former best friend, Vera. Belinda’s part is cute, she is like a mini-Marjorie.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Received free copy from BookSparks and Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.