|Reviews for The Maneater in the Suburbs|
| Drowningblonde chapter 30 . 11/19/2013
Congratulations on finishing! I’ve already mentioned before in a PM what a fun read this is and how refreshing Elle is a female protagonist in a contemporary fiction.
There were several things that made this a really engaging story about a modern woman trying to negotiate her way through the… “unique” (That’s as kind a word as I can come up with!) world of internet dating and the ‘bar scene.’
First, I really enjoyed that Elle wasn’t the stereotypical protagonist that usually ‘gumps’ (Ala Forrest-style) her way through embarrassing misadventures in an effort to get her crush to notice her. All whilst struggling with weight/insecurity issues, entry level career/office drama and an over-bearing mother pestering her to get married and squish out some grand-babies.
In contrast, Elle is a highly educated professional living and working in a super zip-code. She eats and drinks unapologetically. (No annoying and somewhat pathetic calorie counting/alcohol unit measuring ala ‘Bridgette Jones’) She is confident about her appearance and her sexuality and deliberately wears clothes that reflect that feeling. As I mentioned in my email, I loved how you utilized fashion and particular name brands and their associated demographics to ‘show’ Elle’s background/socio-economic status and her current situation as a recently graduated dentist still establishing her practice. ( , Jimmy Choo and Coach versus Gucci, Manolo Blanik and Chanel show her youth and that she’s economically advantaged, but not “wealthy” just yet. Or quite old enough for people to think that couture clothes are her own not her mother’s.)
In particular, I liked her deceptively conservative, yet very sexy choices of jeans, an elegant form fitting top and sassy Jimmy Choo heels. The “maneater” outfit of someone who understands the difference between ‘class and ass.’ It is sad fact that it is mainly women with a desperate need for attention and self esteem issues (or who are looking for Mr. Hook-up) wear overtly revealing clothes. Since Elle is looking for a good man to have relationship with, designer jeans and heels are perfect. Sexy isn’t about four inches of cleavage about to spill over the top of a dress…it’s about confidence. Women who put themselves on display are seldom the “maneaters”…more often than not they are the prey. And while I’m digressing, I’d like to add there is no article of clothing for man or woman that has the tush-enhancing and proportion correcting properties of a well cut pair of jeans. And is legendary for that! (I’m partial to ‘7 for all mankind’ and ‘citizens for humanity’ but that’s because I’m petite. If I had longer legs I’d be ordering the black boot cut and dark denim matchstick! )
I totally dug the scene in the Louis store too! That she bought her friend the designer bag it demonstrates her generosity. Paying cash vs. credit card was both sensible and effective when she rubbed her “Coach” bag in the snotty sales person’s nose. Clearly saying ‘I can afford your stuff, I just don’t want it.’ Then dropped the “It’s Doctor” on her! LOL! (Totally different of how that scene usually plays out in chick-lit)
I also really, REALLY liked how you handled the Brandon situation. He was the dream guy…or so I thought! You know, I can completely understand why Elle couldn’t pack her bags and run off to be with her man. She has her own life and career that she is working very hard to build. Brandon already had a good job at the hospital…why oh, why could HE have said “Nope…can’t go to DC, my relationship is in CT and more important.” Yeah, ‘cause he’s the guy and no one ever expects a man to put his girl before an awesome career opportunity. No, somehow it’s always the woman who has to give up her career, isn’t it? So, I was disappointed but proud of Elle for putting her own goals ahead of his and realizing that if he was “the One” he would never have asked her to make the choice.
But, I think what I enjoyed the most was that this was a story that almost never gets told…that of the successful woman and her struggle to find a quality partner in a sea of ‘wussified’ men and “hook-up” culture. Elle’s remark that it seemed like the more successful/competent she was in her life the more guys treated her like a fling and not marriage material resonated with and reminded me of the conversations about dating that I used to have with my girlfriends. We, like Elle, came to the conclusion that it wasn’t us…it was them. We put on our yoga pants, drank good wine and resolved not to settle for less than we deserved.
Btw, I have a feeling that Elle and Michael are meant to be…but, that’s another story isn’t it? ;)
| Guest chapter 31 . 11/13/2013
Ok, I just read your story all the way through, but not because it was a page turner, even though it could be. I'm not trying to be mean, I was honestly hoping it would get better, and boredom got the best of me. First, please please please, for the love of all things holy, please dress Elle in something other than J. Crew. It gets really annoying, and very monotonous. If she's a 'maneater', then she most definitely would dress in something other than jeans, especially jeans from J. Crew. Seriously! How about, instead of always saying J. Crew jeans, say something like 'skinny jeans' or dark denim...something other than constantly saying she is wearing J. Crew jeans. Elle just walking away from Brandon without a second thought is completely unrealistic. Her saying that she HAS to stay in CT is unrealistic. You could do so much more with this story...feeling disappointed :(
| Blueyes57 chapter 30 . 11/2/2013
shaking my head. she's a glutton for punishment lol
| Guest chapter 28 . 9/18/2013
This chapter had perfect timing...
Jayne's reaction was so sweet. It always feels good to put a smile on a friend's face...especially when it's well deserved...
...and Brandon *purrrrrr* So in love with this fic!
| Blueyes57 chapter 28 . 9/19/2013
something tells me that Elle is going "I spy with my little eye" and HE is going to be late for their "date" lol
| Guest chapter 14 . 9/16/2013
We all need a Ted...oooh the plot thickens...
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 26 . 9/16/2013
I so live him! Plz tell me he sticks around...especially if it pisses off Beth..grrrrrrrr!
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 12 . 9/15/2013
I was so hoping that was the case...um...sad that he was hurt of course...but glad that Elle finally got a good excuse...
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 11 . 9/15/2013
You know I love my Jager shots *clears throat* moving on...I am so addicted to this story! Once again...you have reeled me in!
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 10 . 9/15/2013
Seriously...I need a friend like Elle...
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 8 . 9/15/2013
Om...now I'M in love with Terrence...something's coming...isn't it...
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 7 . 9/15/2013
Seriously Beth? Pehleeze!
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 4 . 9/15/2013
Hells yeah! You go girl! *snaps fingers in air*
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 3 . 9/15/2013
Jared...you typical dumbass! Where's my katana...
| OnyxBlue DeGreque chapter 2 . 9/10/2013
(guess who) Ahhh...LBDB...I am catching up on my reading! You are bringing back so many memories...the weddings of friends when you are still single...starting a new life...I swear that you and I went bar hopping together in a parallel universe somewhere :-) well done, my friend, well done!