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The Burnout: A Novel
The Burnout A Novel
Author: Sophie Kinsella
ISBN-13: 9780593730393
ISBN-10: 0593730399
Publication Date: 10/10/2023
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

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Publisher: The Dial Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 35
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Sophie Kinsella's books can be categorized into 3 distinct eras: 1) âCan you keep a secret?â until âWedding Nightâ 2) âFinding Audreyâ through âThe Party Crasherâ and 3) Shopaholic. The sharpest wit, humor and plot development are found in the first era, 2003-2013. It was during this time that âchick lit,â Sex and The City, The L Word, Single Ladies, and the whole aura of the modern career woman reigned supreme. She was everywhere and everyone loved her. However, times changed and by 2015, society assumed she made it and wrote her off into the sunset.
It was during this time that Ms. Kinsella's books entered its second era. The prose became prosaic with similar plots in different settings. This lasted until âThe Burnout.â It harkens back to the golden age of chick lit and Kinsella's best era. The plot follows other early Kinsella novels where the main protagonists initially do not like each other but grow to fall in love. Also, there are several humorous characters that bring fun and games to the story along with the obligatory light mystery and a heartfelt misunderstanding about the relationship that acts as the tension to keep the reader turning the pages.
Sasha Worth and Finn Birchall find themselves at the Rilston Hotel on the English seaside to recover from toxic stress. After a series of mix-ups, they gradually become attracted to each other and fall in love. The Rilston Hotel, a family resort that has fallen into disrepair, is chock full of quirky characters Cassidy, Simon, Nikolai, etc. who provide comedic relief for the love story such as sourcing the green kale and noni juice smoothies, coordinating the dismal resort events and tricky hotel app, and creating the mysterious beach messages for Sasha and Finn to solve.
The Burnout is for Sophie Kinsella fans who are looking for heyday women's pop fiction. This book is it. Funny, friendly entitled Karens made a splash 20 years ago. The best of their times are behind them. The Burnout pretty much sums it up.