Saturday, June 16, 2012
Review: THE JOY OF DECEPTION by Gretchen Johnson
We start things off with a funny and relatable story in “The Beauty of Silence” when a man goes on a date with a woman who won’t stop talking. I absolutely loved how the author depicted marriage in a true-to-life setting that enveloped the characters to the mere point of drainage and suffocation. I was totally on board with Daphne in “Unpacked Suitcase” when she said, “He moved in 3 weeks later, and we shared my one bedroom apartment blissfully happy for about a month and a half before his annoying habits started to create my misery.” (pg. 127) So FUNNY and TRUE! I couldn’t help feeling high praise for her when she openly admitted that she was living with a man she hated and hated herself for putting up with it. And for what!?
It’s safe to say that I truly enjoyed most of the stories. The entire book is a compelling read from start to finish. In “The Joy of Deception,” a woman gets a taste of her own medicine when she flees the security of a healthy, loving relationship—proof that karma always comes back to bite you in the ass. In “Main Street Grind,” a girl finally quits on her horrible boss—how good that must’ve felt. All in all, I loved how these characters find simple joy in an overwhelming, grueling, and hazardous life—that’s how it is! Like for me, joy is finding peace and quiet at the conclusion of a hectic day while leaning back with a good book in my hands. Like this one!