Flights of Fantasy

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Divas Las Vegas – Belinda Jones

Category: Contemporary Fiction/Romance

This is not my usual thing at all, but it was free with a copy of Cosmo and I’m never one to look a gift book in the pages.

Jamie and Izzy are 27, working in crap jobs and dating generally crap men. A series of crap events decides them, and they head for the glamour and glitz of Vegas with one goal in mind, marriage.

First off, why is the mad friend in these books always called Izzy? That aside, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a realistic look at how life can be as one approaches thirty at an ever increasing pace, with peer and family pressures all around, to settle down, with a good job and a steady man (or should that be the other way around?). But what if you don’t want a boring desk job but something more, and why should you settle for a good man when there may be a great one still out there somewhere.

It’s a fast paced, wild ride of a novel, but at the same time it has some very deep messages for the reader. About learning to understand yourself, reassess relationships that you’ve had with people for years (such as girlfriends from school) and understand just what it is you want from your life.

The story is very well written, humorous and fun, but serious and poignant at just the right moments. Having been to Vegas myself, I recognised many of the sights and places that Jamie and Izzy see and visit, and they are described in such detail that I’d be amazed if the author had never been there herself.

All in all, this is a lovely book to read, so much so that I was up until 2am finishing it because I couldn’t put it down.

Rating: 7/10