Book Review: How Do You Know? By Meredith Schorr

How Do You Know?
Author: Meredith Schorr
Publisher: BookTrope

Book Blurb:
What if you were approaching the end of your thirties and all of the life milestones you took for granted in your youth suddenly seemed out of reach?
On the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday, Maggie Piper doesn't look, act or feel much different than she did at twenty-nine, but with her fortieth birthday speeding toward her like a freight train, she wonders if she should.  The fear of a slowing metabolism, wrinkling of her skin, and the ticking of her biological clock leaves Maggie torn between a desire to settle down like most of her similarly aged peers and concern that all is not perfect in her existing relationship.
When a spontaneous request for temporary "break" from her live-in boyfriend results in a "break-up," Maggie finds herself single once again and only twelve months from the big 4 0.
In the profound yet bumpy year that follows, Maggie will learn, sometimes painfully, that life doesn't always happen on a schedule, there are no deadlines in love, and age really is just a number.
In this mature coming of age novel, Meredith Schorr, best-selling author of light women's fiction and chick lit, digs deep and raises the age old issue of the 'proverbial clock' that haunts many women, in a way that is refreshing and sassy no matter your age or relationship status.

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My Review:

Maggie is a great main character.  I really felt like I was friends with her when the book was over, that is an awesome thing.  Her feelings about life are things we all feel when we near the age of 40 (I absolutely am dreading 40 in a few years so I clicked with her).  Her friends are awesome and each having their own struggles as well but not so much so that they overpower Maggie's story line.
I could picture the uncomfortable situations Maggie continued to find herself in and not every Author can do that!  I even laughed out lout at points.
I couldn't predict the ending!  I knew what I'd hope to happen but until the last couple chapters I couldn't pinpoint whether she would end up with the possible love of her life Doug or one of the other men in the book.

I gave this book: 5 Stars

Meredith does an awesome job at writing the true Chick Lit that I fell in love with years ago.  The captures the struggle of everyday life for Maggie and all of her characters.  She throws in the difficult family members, irritating men and new girlfriends of old boyfriends, perfectly.

I will be reading and reviewing the rest of Meredith's books and looking forward to them!

What I Loved:
-The fact that I became friends with her characters and was sad to see the book end.
-Maggie was such a great, and likeable character, and she really had character growth throughout the book.
-The storyline is so real!!  I think women of all age will love this book but especially those of us approaching that big milestone of 40.

What I didn't Love:
-I felt like Doug's character was a bit 'unknown' which I'm sure was meant to be because the story wasn't about Doug, but I didn't click with him as much as the other characters.  (I admit, I liked Ben more!)
-It ended...and I had to say goodbye to my new friends.

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About the Author:
Meredith Schorr
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to.  After trying her hand penning children's stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing chick lit and contemporary women's fiction.  She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status.  Meredith is also the co-founder of BookBuzz, a live author/reader even held annually.  She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner.  How Do You Know? is her fourth novel.

To learn more, visit her at:

http://meredithschorr.com
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I got the chance to Interview with Meredith Schorr recently:

What made you want to write a book?I had a popular personal blog where I posted about my dating experiences, issues with family, adventures in friendship etc and discovered how much I enjoyed writing.  One day I was walking to work and daydreaming about a failed relationship and all of the "what ifs" that go along with it and I decided that if my imagination was going to dream up crazy scenarios, I might as well put them in writing.  The idea for my debut novel, Just Friends with Benefits, was born and I never looked back.

What did you (or do you) want to be when you grow up?When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress and then a judge (not a lawyer, just a judge).  Now I want to be a full-time Author and am working tireless toward that goal.

Are any of your characters based off of people you personally know and what made you choose them?
Although all of my novels are fiction, there are a few characters from each of my books who are inspired by real people in my life.  I never gave much thought as to why I chose them and assume something about them - appearance, mannerisms, etc - inspired me.

How did your story come to you?
All of my novels came to me differently but they are always inspired at least partly by real life.  My first novel was inspired by a failed relationship, my second by my frustrating experiences dating in the Big Apple, the third by all of the wonderful bloggers I befriended since becoming an Author and my own high school "mean girl," and my fourth by my own issues turning forty and not feeling as settled as I thought I'd be at that age.

Has the becoming an author' experience been what you had expected?
And why?

I don't think I had any expectations, to be honest.  But I never anticipated becoming close friends with so many Authors.  I had no idea how supportive the writing community is.  I did imagine seeing my books on the shelves at Barnes & Noble and that has not happened yet but I'm still young.

If you could give an aspiring Author 1 piece of advice what would it be?
I would implore an aspiring Author to be able to take constructive criticism when it comes to editing her books because we are sometimes too close to our stories to see the holes, inconsistencies etc.  At the same time, it is important to trust your own instincts and not make every suggested change on a whim - know the source of the comments and make sure you agree with them before you blindly make changes.  Keeping the balance between ego and instinct where your writing is concerned is essential.

Thanks so much for having me!

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Thank you so much for allowing me to read and review your book (and more reviews of Meredith's books are coming).

Thank You to:
Meredith Schorr
Jennifer Gilbert 
&
BookTrope

For allowing me to read, review and be a part of this book!

Until Next Time-
Aimee


3 comments:

  1. Thank you again for the wonderful review. I'm thrilled that you loved How Do You Know? !!!

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  2. You're so welcome! I'm so excited for the next few!! Thanks so much for chatting with me!

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