Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Agency by Ally O'Brien [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: Tess's boss at The Bardwright Agency, where she is a literary agent, dies unexpectedly. This gives her a segway in to opening her own representation agency since she has a really hot client right now. As far as I read, this was about all of the industry ins and outs and how she had to maneuver her way through filth to get what she ultimately wanted.

Verdict: No Love. I couldn't get past the language and crudeness. I read a lot of great reviews of this book, so I was astonished that I just couldn't get through it. No, I did not finish it. I got about one hundred pages in and had to stop. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't though. I really wanted to like this one. Some examples: Tess's lover, referered to as Darcy, is married. Guy, the hot writer she represents' manager, looks at nothing but her breasts. Mr. Boss Man dies of erotic asphyxia. I will say this: I hope that Tess succeeded in getting what she wanted.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
London, UK

What is the main character's name?
Tess Drake

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Yes and no. I liked that she knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
I didn't finish the book.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
I got stuck several places. I kept evaluating whether or not I wanted to go on. I finally decided that I didn't want to keep going because even though the plot was interesting, I didn't want to keep reading what I felt was inappropriate.

Is this a good read for Monster?
Not a book for a guy.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
I'd tone it down. If there wasn't so much language, sexuality, and other elements of brash nature, I may have enjoyed the story.

Does the author have a website?
I found the author's Myspace.


Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: February 3, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312379447

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Insertbooktitle said...

I think I might have to skip this one.

Good review!

Anonymous said...

it was an alright book.. i just finished reading it