Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall - #SRC2015

I received a complimentary book to help me write an honest review. I am participating in this year's BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge for the fun of it, reviews contain my own affiliate links for the books being read and discussed. #SRC2015

It's my 3rd book along this Summer Reading Challenge journey with BookSparks. This leg of the trip was especially enjoyable. I think this is a book many woman will be especially interested in checking out.

Remember, you can follow along and join in on the fun on BookSparks Facebook page or follow along with their FB Event Page.

Having it all isn't everything

The Balance Project is a story of loyalty, choices, and balance that will resonate deeply with all women who struggle with this hot-button issue. 

Loyal assistant Lucy Cooper works for Katherine Whitney, who seems to have it all: a high-powered job at a multibillion-dollar health and wellness lifestyle company, a successful husband, and two adorable daughters. Now, with the release of her book on work-life balance, Katherine has become a media darling and a hero to working women everywhere. In reality, though, Katherine’s life is starting to fall apart, and Lucy is the one holding it all together, causing her own life―and relationship with her boyfriend Nick―to suffer. When Katherine does something unthinkable to Lucy, Lucy must decide whether to change Katherine’s life forever or continue being her main champion. Her choice will affect the trajectory of both of their lives and lead to opportunities neither one could have imagined.

My Review

Such a great topic to explore from the point of view of someone helping the "balanced" keep it all together. An assistant was the perfect viewpoint to take for this story.

I have to admit there were a few times I wanted to scream at the pages and tell Lucy to get it together and ditch it all, but the truth is if I was faced with job pressures and loyalty as the main character was, I might find it hard to walk away, too. There is an amazing clarity that comes from reading about the pitfalls of wanting to have "it all", that cannot be understood when one is in the thick of keeping commitments and appearances.

The author, Susie Orman Schnall did a great job of creating characters that were easy to fall in love with. Nick the boyfriend, a truly great guy, the perfect boss Katherine? Real, flawed but compassionate. And even the characters we weren't supposed to like, Maggie? Well, they were all real characters with multiple sides and motivations. I am not sure there were any "bad" characters in the book.

Balance is something very relevant to me as a working Mom. In the end, this book gave me a quick laugh, a fabulous literary get-away, but left me thinking about the balance in my own life long after the characters rode off into the sunset. 

Definitely a Summer read worth adding to the TBR pile!

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