Red Dress, Oct 2002, 12.95, 320 pp.
When you are young and near the bottom of the employment ladder, renting an apartment in downtown Toronto can be quite a slice of one's income. Individuals can go it alone if they do not mind skipping three meals a day. However, when three incomes split the rent and utilities suddenly the costs are not just bearable, there is some cash for other things.
Allie, Emma, and Jodine become roommates with the immediate reactions being less expense and more clothing to share though Allie is a petite and much shorter than the other two. However, the trio quickly learns the downside of rooming as every move they make someone is watching and every trait they contain grates on someone's nerves. Each member residing inside this FISHBOWL begins to take a close look at her personality through the other two sets of eyes, as the shortcomings appear very undesirable.
This is an engaging look at the lifestyle of twenty something-single females. The story line rotates first person narration between the three roommates so readers watch unfold the same event from an entirely different perspective as each character brings interpreting baggage to the observation. The problem with this novel is the prime traits often displayed by the trio leaves the reader indifferent as Allie turns from na´ve cute to irritating just fell off the turnip truck, Jodine appreciates nothing especially her roommates and men, and Emma is a selfish user. Still, fans of chick lit will enjoy the insightful look at group dynamics done so well by Sarah Mlynowski.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner