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October 13, 2013

Braine Reviews: Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend by Sabrina Zollo

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Mobi
Excerpt
Release Date: September 28, 2012

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Source: Publisher
Genre: Chick-Lit
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When Veronica graduated with an MBA and dreams of saving the world, she never knew she would end up a corporate slave to the lipstick gods, in love with her playboy boss and in need of a gay best friend to make her feel fabulous. Straight out of school, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Veronica has her heart set on an honourable job, such as saving starving children. Instead, she accepts a job at Gisele, a global cosmetic empire that seems to mock her every value. Veronica struggles to fit in until she meets Stevie, a gay co-worker, who immediately assumes the role of fashion counsellor and fabulousness.

Under Stevie’s mentorship, Veronica flourishes as a vixen and marketing peon. But for Veronica to truly succeed at Gisele and seduce her boss, she must bequeath her soul to the makeup gods and sacrifice her friends in a ritual known as corporate brainwash. How far does Veronica go before she realizes she is losing everything she once valued, including herself?

Reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND by Sabrina Zollo is a character driven story about personal growth, priorities and friendship. Veronica's interim gig at popular cosmetic company, Giselle, is a fish-out-of-water story. She's more scholarly than fashionista and a follower rather than a Queen B. Until her gay co-worker, Stevie, became her fairy godmother and turned the ugly duckling into a swan. Armed with Stevie's workplace coaching and fashion know-how, Veronica finds herself fitting more into the superficial world of cosmetic marketing but as her star rises in the workplace, her friendships started to suffer.

Although the book wasn't screaming original and unique for me because of its parallelism to The Devil Wears Prada, I still found myself enjoying WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND for the most part. It's fun and light for a weekend read and Veronica's personal observation about her co-workers' vanity and self-importance are funny. Veronica as a character is typical, you can tell that this job may be good for her in some ways but one can see that her character growth is moving in the wrong direction. She started as a very grounded person, albeit ideal, with  hopes in becoming a human rights ambassador. I have to give her props for finding opportunities in a very unlikely situation but as the story progress, she's not immune to the glitz and pretentiousness of her field. Slowly she turned into a self-centered, vain and selfish person like her co-workers at the expense of her friendships, Stevie included.

Veronica's friendship with Stevie is very Will & Grace, it's very platonic and Stevie is a great friend to have. I find it a little weird why SZollo would make their friendship out of the ordinary. Every time Veronica tells people about Stevie and her "gay boyfriend", it turns into an awkward explanation as to Stevie not being her boyfriend but a guy friend who is gay. In spite of this, Veronica and Stevie's friendship is something I can relate to and every woman for that matter. Stevie is a great person to have in your corner unfortunately Veronica didn't handle the changes in her life gracefully. 

The reason why WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND got a 2-cauldron rating is because of the lack of resolution. I checked SZollo's website to see if there's a follow up novella or something but there isn't any mention of it so I may be wrong and for all I know, she might be writing the sequel right this moment. I can appreciate an open-ended conclusion but as far as this is concerned, the gates are gaping, the flags are raised and the trumpeteers are still blowing the "welcome" theme. After Veronica and Stevie broke-up, Stevie's character turned dark but it was presented in a word-of-mouth manner. Another missed opportunity for Veronica to repair their friendship and she didn't really make too much effort to come to him. With this, Stevie and Veronica never got to hash-out their differences and the ending left it at that. Stevie in his own world while Veronica's apologies left unanswered. I know this happens in real life but as this is a stand-alone story and a fictional one at that, I was hoping for a more definitive ending at least.

WHY I LOVE MY GAY BOYFRIEND would've been a cool chick-lit, the conflict was a good launching pad for a great drawn out resolution but SZollo not only gave Veronica an easy way out, she also rushed the ending and didn't give any solid closure to the story. At least give us an epilogue!






15 comments:

  1. Sounds kind of cute but also a little odd that it's such a big deal that she has a gay friend. I see the comedic potential in the summary but it still seems a bit off.

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    1. Exactly. Like what's the big deal about having a gay boyfriend?

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  2. Hmm, it sounds good and I do not mind an open ending, but not that open!

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    1. Yup, the heroine wasn't redeemed at all because of Stevie's lack of acknowledgement.

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  3. Well....the story does sound interesting, but I would want much more resolution as well. Sorry this didn't quite work out for you, Braine!

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    1. This would drive me nuts if this happened to me in real life.

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  4. well at least the title is interesting :)

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  5. Sounds interesting, probably won't be reading this since the ending wasn't resolved.

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    1. This needs either an epilogue or a sequel.

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  6. Ah, character driven with lots of growth is right up my alley

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    1. Yeah unfortunately this one is lacking in those a little bit.

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  7. Oh boy! I totally understand your feelings, I have to feel completely satisfied by the end of the book to have and overall enjoyable experience, unless it is stated that the story is be continued...Bummer, and even then, I can be mad about a cliffhanger, or like in Being Me (I liked the book) I almost call audible demanding the missing chapters...LOL

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  8. I LOVE chick-lit books, and it's too bad this one wasn't for you. Mainly as the cover was fun! Yes I know I'm superficial lol.

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  9. It does sound kinda cute, Braine. But I'm right there with you about no resolution. Hopefully, there'll be a sequel...

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