Going Too Far by Catherine Alliott
June 28, 2010 6 Comments
This is my fourth Catherine Alliott book and the worst one so far. Let’s start with the rating: no higher than 3 out of 5. Looking back to my ratings of her other books: twice 5 stars and once 4. I consider her one of the best chick-lit authors. So, what happened?
Going Too Far is one of her earlier books. It is a classical chick-lit a la Kinsella with a very stupid, stupid protagonist, resembling the Shopaholic woman. She is a real brainless idle young woman, who hides her silly actions by lies, her lies by bigger lies, and her biggest lies by going to very extreme actions.
Especially in the beginning of the book she acts like a complete idiot. I was totally annoyed by this silly woman, but was also laughing out loud about the things that she did or that happened to her. As a result, I was annoyed by myself for liking the story. While I considered giving up, I did read the whole book. And it was not that bad.
The story: Polly, a city girl in her pre-married life, now lives on a farm in Cornwall with her husband Nick. She’s counting her blessings, not realizing until her friend Pippa points it out, that her life is actually quite sedate and uneventful. Also, she’s been spending her time eating biscuits and not doing much else, so she’s not quite the fashionable and slim city girl that she used to be.
When Pippa and her colleagues are looking for a location to film a commercial, Polly sees herself being spotted as a film star and hitting the big time. Against the wishes of her husband, she arranges the shoot to take place at their farm. When she meets the eyes of a most delectable film director, Polly soon goes too far.
Nick, her husband, has always been supportive of his wife and happy to believe her little lies. But when he hears of her antics with the film director, he is not willing to believe her when she actually tells the truth.
At this point, Polly becomes a bit more believable as a character. She still has her silly moments, but also shows off some insightful behavior. In the end, I was happy that I stuck with the story, but I still believe this is one of Alliotts lesser books. She should leave the scatter brain characters to Kinsella, because Alliott can write very good stories without having to use characters with larger-than-life weaknesses.
Extra: See also my review of The Old-Girl Network by Catherine Alliott
This book review is also my entry for the Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #3 – Book Reviews.