Title: Will You Won’t You Want Me?
Author: Nora Zelevansky
Expected Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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Summary: Marjorie Plum never meant to peak in high school. She was Queen Bee. Now, 10 years later, she’s lost her sparkle. At her bleakest moment, she’s surprised by renewed interest from a questionable childhood crush, and the bickering with her cranky boss—at a potentially game-changing new job—grows increasingly like flirtatious banter. Suddenly, she’s faced with a choice between the life she always dreamed of and one she never thought to imagine. With the help of a precocious 11-year-old tutee, who unknowingly becomes the Ghost of Marjorie Past, and a musician roommate, who looks like a pixie and talks like the Dalai Lama, Marjorie struggles with the ultimate question: Who does she want to be? Nora Zelevansky’s Will You Won’t You Want Me? is a funny, often surprising, novel about growing up when you are already supposed to be grown.
A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy for reviewing.
I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I loved it. So much. The story is about one Marjorie Plum: former Queen Bee, envied yet adored by all back in her high school heyday. Fast forward ten years, and she’s working at a job she starts to despise more and more each passing day until the next thing she knows, everything goes to absolute s#!*, and she’s just stuck.
If I had to choose one word to describe this book, it would be ‘reflective’. When we’re young, we think we have the world figured out and then some. We look to the future thinking that everything’s going to stay constant. But then things happen and we experience and we learn; life’s not actually that easy. A lot of us are afraid of change, so we avoid facing the reality that we’re not always who we were in the past. When it comes down to it, rarely do things ever go as planned for everyone, and even the ones who seem to have everything can end up with nothing. One little factor can flip your world on its axis and make you feel like the universe is giving you the biggest middle finger ever known to man. Or like it’s giving you a swift kick in the ass and telling you that no one gives a damn about who you were ten years ago. We’re stuck asking ourselves stuff like “Now what?” and “What happened to me?” because life used to be so, so good. Like winning homecoming queen good. But like Miss Plum, sometimes we just have to place the proverbial tiara back into its glass case, stash it away into the memory box of our youth, and move on. I strongly believe there’s a little Marjorie Plum in all of us.
It wasn’t easy for her, though, as we learn throughout this colourful, quirky surprise of a book. She loses everything and walks in a disillusioned haze before realizing that it takes hard work and consideration of other people to truly make it in this world. But it’s also about self-respect and she learns the hard way that even people she thought had her back for life either drag her down, or can be plain toxic and she’s better off without them. It’s also about not dismissing people who might not fit into your usual crowd; the most unassuming people can affect your outlook in the best ways possible.
This was more of a realization of one’s self-worth rather than the whirlwind contemporary romance that I find myself drawn to as of late, though it didn’t come up short in that area in the slightest. It was refreshing to read about a woman’s journey to finding herself without focusing too much on her love life. It was even more refreshing to read a book about a 28-year-old woman who didn’t have her life together yet, because that’s okay. She eventually figures it out; things always work out if you truly want it to. This book perfectly showed that there’s always potential to become the person you want to be, if you’re willing to grow up and realize that the world moves forward whether you’re ready for it or not.
I’m so excited for this book to be published and finally available for everyone to enjoy. Please, please, please. Don’t pass this one up. I loved it so much that I’m already looking forward to getting a physical copy just so I can have it within arms reach whenever I feel like re-reading it. And so that I can hug it. Seriously.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nora Zelevansky is the author of Will You Won’t You Want Me? and Semi-Charmed Life. Her writing has appeared in ELLE, T Magazine (The New York Times), Town & Country, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair, among others. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York. (via Goodreads)