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The New Old Me is the story of a sixty something woman whose life gets flip turned upside down by the breakdown of her marriage. Broke and homeless, she finds a job in Los Angeles, working for a hip new clothing brand. In an office full of twenty something career girls where you’re expected to take part in company workouts and in a town obsessed with youth and beauty, this novel is a great example of how it’s possible to tear up the rule book and start over – no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found the story really inspiring and I loved the attitude of the author who just kept going for it, despite many setbacks. I loved hearing about how she made a home for herself and how she built up a network of friends after knowing hardly anyone in the area.
It was also really interesting to find out what it’s actually like to live in LA. I thought it would be incredibly glamorous but instead it seems to be one big gridlock, with smog and pollution ruining the environment.
Possibly the best thing about this novel is the way that it’s written – it’s immediately apparent that the author is very gifted. She has a lovely turn of phrase, provides insightful anecdotes and really makes the story come alive.
My only criticism would be that although it was a very thought provoking and interesting book, not a huge amount happened. Yes, the detail given to the events that did take place was great but nothing really shocking or unexpected happened. It is the power of the writing that really saves the novel from heading into the mundane.
Overall, I thought this was a great, inspiring read. I loved how the author acknowledged her depression and insecurities but didn’t dwell on her negative feelings, and ultimately overcame her problems to find a different sort of happiness. A great read.
Please note that I read this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Netgalley! I also read this book as part of the Popsugar Reading Challenge #26 Read a book by an author from a country you’ve never visited.