Pounding the Pavement
Jennifer van der Kwast
Broadway, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Shannon Bigham
ingle twenty-something Sarah Pelletier is having a rough few months. Well, make that six months as she has been unemployed since the film company she worked for went bust. Sadly, a college degree from Brown and experience in the film industry is not helping her break back into Manhattan's employment market.
arah spends her days lounging around in boxer shorts and T-shirts, eating candy bars for breakfast, smoking, checking E-mails (for responses to job inquiries), and heading to the gym to
so she can take advantage of the cable television in the cardio room. Sarah's roommate (employed and annoyingly beautiful) is an irritant in her life, but given that Sarah is barely scraping by on unemployment checks, her housing options are limited, to say the least. Sarah's quest for '
The Right Job
' in New York City is a daunting task that
her to pad her resumé, work truly strange temping jobs for cash (under the table so unemployment checks keep coming), and dodge her parents' telephone calls that badger her about not having health insurance and try to strong-arm her into applying to law school. When a temp job leads her to meet Jake, a truly cute and nice guy, Sarah is already overwhelmed by job hunting, financial pressures, and jealousy of those that do have jobs; she is not looking for a man. Or is she?
an der Kwast's debut novel was a fun read although it took me a while to warm up to the main character, as she initially comes across as immature. That said, I enjoyed the book once I got into the meat of the story and the author's dry wit makes for a funny read as Sarah attempts to find the ever elusive '
Pounding the Pavement
may be enjoyed more by twenty-somethings, than by older readers, most fans of
will appreciate the humor and almost all of us can relate to the frustration of job-related struggles and challenges.
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