Book: Call Me Irresistible

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Rating: 3/5

Call Me Irresistible-Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Meg Koranda is the only daughter of famous and successful parents and; therefore, she is constantly compared with them in almost every department of life. While her two brothers have earned some respect in the eyes of media and public, Meg is yet to make her mark in the world of celebrities. Meg’s best friend Lucy Jorik is getting married to the most eligible bachelor in Texas, Ted Beaudine. While the entire house is busy in the wedding preparations, Meg can’t stop herself from feeling that Ted is not the right man for Lucy because he is too perfect. As two best friends can’t keep their feelings from themselves, Meg blurts out her opinion about the marriage to Lucy and finds out that Lucy herself is confused about marrying Ted but has given up pondering over it. The confusion comes to a dramatic end when Lucy, instead of walking down the aisle with her father, runs off from her wedding leaving Meg alone to face the accusations of Lucy’s and Ted’s family members. The entire town labels Meg as a jealous, mean woman who purposefully ruined her best friend’s wedding because she herself got interested in Ted. Bad time strikes and Meg gets stranded in the town due to some financial and family issues. From here, starts the interesting, funny and painfully bumpy ride of Meg’s journey from the most hated woman to the most irresistible woman in Texas. How she becomes “the most irresistible” forms the rest of the story.

Social/Historical context:

The story is set in Wynette, Texas, and the society described comprises high class, affluent, snobbish and fashion conscious people busy in partying, gossiping, clubbing or playing golf. There is also an inter-town competition to win a golf stadium going on in the background. The times described in the novel are of 21 century so everything about the book is modern and very much today.

Writing Style:

The author uses a smooth, simple yet classy language to narrate this love story. There are more dialogs and fewer descriptions so you can finish reading the story in no time. The dialogs are sharp, witty, on the face and funny! The author’s characterization is well developed and shines out in the character of the protagonist whom you would admire regardless of her shortcomings and goof-ups. The story doesn't surprise you but keeps you interested in the ever-changing chemistry between the protagonist and the antagonist.

My Thoughts:

I generally don’t read romantic comedies but had borrowed this novel to take a break from my fav. genre, and the story turned out to be refreshing indeed. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has approached romance from a light angle while using a stubborn heroine to give the entire plot an edge. Next time I want to read a romantic novel, I know which author to turn to.

Book Reviewed by Suchandra Ganguly

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