Book Review~ The Unconventional Life of Jenna Jaghe

Title: The Unconventional Life of Jenna Jaghe
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Women's Fiction
Author: Victoria Ward
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One single mum, one crazy family, one adulterous ex and a radical feminist employee! Can Jenna Jaghe, an unmarried bridal shop owner and an accident prone woman keep it all together just long enough to snag the handsome police officer Peter Handfril who may just save the day?

This is the first time, in all of the reviews I've written that I have no idea how many stars I'm going to give a book at the start of my review. I am literally split down the middle on this one. So, when in doubt, make a pro/con list.

Cons: The main character, whose perspective this is written from is horrible. I have never wanted to punch a fictional character so bad in my entire life. She's whiny, everything is always someone else's fault, and the world is out to get her. She's rude. Oh my goodness is she rude. Part of the humor in this book is that Jenna is always doing and saying the wrong thing at the wrong moment. But, she never apologizes for any of it! There's a scene where she accidentally uses a stranger's bathroom. Instead of, like a normal, decent human being, apologizing and begging forgiveness, she yells at the home owner's young son and his parents! As usual, Jenna screwed up, then screwed up worse, and then blamed everyone else for her faults. She's very inconsiderate and immature. Everything is about her and she could care less about any one else, even when she's wreaking havoc in their lives. What makes this worse is that she's a business owner in a fairly small area. She seems to have no regard whatsoever for the people of her community or how they view her antics, which, as a business owner who wants business, is vital.

Pros: It's absolutely laugh-out-loud funny. As annoying and rude and utterly ridiculous as Jenna is, her cynical, blunt internal observations are hilarious and often spot on. Now, if she could just leave most of that internal and work on her external...but this is a pro list! Moving on. Jenna is dealing with a very realistic life situation, and I think a lot of her reactions are typical. Even if most of us wouldn't be so forthcoming with our thoughts! Jenna's friends and family are all also pretty insane, yet somehow very lovable. Also, it uses all the fun British words that I don't normally get to, like bloody and codswallop. And, I love that. So, I'll be running around using phrases like that's bloody brilliant and that's utter codswallop for the next few weeks. On second thought, my husband may request that one be moved to the con list.

In conclusion, Jenna was annoying and I can't stand her. However, I kind of liked her sarcasm and found this book pretty entertaining. Honestly, I kept thinking that I would like to see this in television form, that way I can get all the funny without living in Jenna's head. It's like a train wreck, I strangely really want to read more. I would recommend this book to any sarcastic, feminist women who need a good laugh.

Okay, so I've decided to go with like a 3.25...but I don't have that rating, so I'm giving her a 3.5 here, and a 3 on the other sites. 

Sex? No explicit details. And none is had in the book, but references are made
Language? Tons.
Drugs and alcohol? Some alcohol. 
Religion? No.
Anything else? Remember, my dear American readers, this is written in the UK, so some things look wrong, but they aren't.  

Victoria Ward was born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, where she grew up and currently resides. She holds a BSc in Psychology and is also studying for an MA in Writing for Performance and Publication. 

She is the author of the debut, The Unconventional Life of Jenna Jaghe, a humorous novel in women's contemporary fiction and is currently writing the sequel. Victoria Ward manages to tap into women's fears, dreams, hopes and thoughts, resonating with the women of today.

*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.
*Thank you to The Indie View for connecting me to this author.