Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Annie Begins

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book Review - Annie Begins

About the Book
Annie Begins is the story of Annie Thompson, a brilliant business woman who doesn’t have the same success rate in relationships.  A whip-smart Harvard MBA, determined to set the emerging Internet world on fire and rise above her blue-collar beginnings, Annie is also a veritable sucker for charming, handsome men who want something from her.  So, when Annie’s ideal man announces his wife is divorcing him and designates Annie “the best listener he knows,” the sudden emotional intimacy and mixed signals are enough to disrupt Annie’s single-minded focus on work.

In pursuit of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Barely Available while juggling an intense work schedule, Annie is halted by a young cousin named April, newly diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, who makes finding a husband for Annie her dying project.  With the clear-eyed insight of a truly old soul, April handpicks a fiancĂ© for her cousin, but he’s most certainly not who Annie would have chosen.  Only with the help of an unlikely matchmaker does Annie realize the wisdom of the little girl’s choice, which challenges every assumption that had driven Annie so hard in the first place, and reveals what she most deeply values in a man—and in herself.

Annie Begins features a feisty, slightly underdog heroine you will find yourself routing for from page one. This novel is ultimately a story of transformation—of a young woman who is finally able to let the people in her life help her to discover the best version of herself, rather than blindly striving to be someone wholly different.

Michelle Toth writes with pin-point accuracy about the dot-com world of the mid-90’s from the perspective of someone who experienced it firsthand.

Using her business background, she is available to discuss the radical changes that we have seen in business with the advent of the internet and the ramifications from the bubble burst that taught us all a huge lesson in the journey towards control.

Toth teaches at Grub Street in Boston and is currently lecturing on the rocky road of self publishing as well as the changes in the current publishing model. She can weigh in on these topics as well as the changing face of business and what we can learn from the past.

My Take on the Book
This book was a fun and engaging read. From the first to last page you are drawn into Annie's world. The author has done a great job here developing the characters within the book and helping you truly feel the emotions, concerns and everyday life moments with the characters. The plot was strong and it kept me reading. There were many parts in the story where I found myself chuckling to myself. The author did that good of a job making the characters real to the reader.

This was a strong fast paced book that was a fun and enjoyable read, and I would highly recommend it to all!

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