Author: Mary Pauline Lowry
Genre: General Fiction/Humor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Book Description: Meet Roxy. She’s a sometimes vegan, always broke artist with a heart the size of Texas and an ex living in her spare bedroom. Her life is messy, but with the help of a few good friends and by the grace of the goddess Venus she’ll discover that good sex, true love, and her life’s purpose are all closer than she realizes.
Bridget Jones penned a diary; Roxy writes letters. Specifically: she writes letters to her hapless, rent-avoidant ex-boyfriend—and current roommate—Everett. This charming and funny twenty-something is under-employed (and under-romanced), and she’s decidedly fed up with the indignities she endures as a deli maid at Whole Foods (the original), and the dismaying speed at which her beloved Austin is becoming corporatized. When a new Lululemon pops up at the intersection of Sixth and Lamar where the old Waterloo Video used to be, Roxy can stay silent no longer.
As her letters to Everett become less about overdue rent and more about the state of her life, Roxy realizes she’s ready to be the heroine of her own story. She decides to team up with her two best friends to save Austin—and rescue Roxy’s love life—in whatever way they can. But can this spunky, unforgettable millennial keep Austin weird, avoid arrest, and find romance—and even creative inspiration—in the process?
Rating: 4 stars
Review: I loved this book so much more than I probably should have. The main draw on this for me, this is quintessentially Austin, Tx, which happens to be where I live. The author has captured our city perfectly in this epistolary novel.
Meet Roxy who is a twenty-something artist, vegan, working at Whole Foods in the deli. She loves her fur balls and her ex-boyfriend has moved into her second bedroom in her house. Roxy has just found out they are going to open Lululemon on one of the most famous streets in Austin, home of BookPeople, Whole Foods and Waterloo Records. She will do anything to make sure this does not happen.
Roxy is a good hearted person, who basically gets everything wrong. She is totally endearing, and her core group of friends are actually amazing even though they suffer from all the same idiosyncrasies that Roxy has.
I just loved this book so much. Following her life over several months in daily letters to ex, Roxy will endear herself to you. You will laugh, cry and feel just about every other emotion that she has. We could all do a little more to be like Roxy.
Thank you NetGally and Simon & Schuster for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.