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Great summer read Friends who are navigating their changing relationships in the publishing art world.Recommended for readers who like novels that explore friendships between women, who like New York stories, fans of the TV show Girls this would probably annoy me as an author, but I kept getting wisps of Hannah and Marnie. Thanks you to Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book to review To be honest I struggled with this book in the beginning There seemed to be a lot of characters to keep straight with so many acquaintances of the three main characters mentioned Once I got past this and deeper into the story I was hooked Geraldine, Sunny, and Rachel have known each other for years Rachel and Sunny have made the move from Toronto to NYC and Geraldine is determined to move there too They have all worked in the news media industry in some form and they are now facing the rapidly changing times in media Geraldine reinvents herself to adapt for the type of work she can get in media and this causes the two other women some envy More importantly we learn about the different types and forms of friendship the women have with one another This is extremely powerful as we learn the depths and feelings of each of the women s characters and thoughts toward each other I found their feelings to be so truthful and so real in many friendships among women As one character bemoans why can t women just be Why do we tear each other down This was such a true statement and summed up the book for me I loved the writing and grew to have empathy for each of the women Overall a great read An Assured And Savagely Funny Novel About Three Old Friends As They Navigate Careers, Husbands, An Ex Fianc , New Suitors, And, Most Importantly, Their Relationships With One AnotherAfter A Devastating Break Up With Her Fianc , Geraldine Is Struggling To Get Her Life Back On Track In Toronto Her Two Old Friends, Sunny And Rachel, Left Ages Ago For New York, Where They Ve Landed Good Jobs, Handsome Husbands, And Unfairly Glamorous Lives Or At Least So It Appears To Geraldine Sick Of Watching From The Sidelines, Geraldine Decides To Force The Universe To Give Her The Big Break She Knows She Deserves, And Moves To New York City As She Zigzags Her Way Through The Downtown Art Scene And Rooftop Party Circuit, She Discovers How Hard It Is To Find Her Footing In A World Of Influencers And Media Darlings Meanwhile, Sunny S Life As An It Girl Watercolorist Is Not Nearly As Charmed As It Seemed To Geraldine From Toronto And Rachel Is Trying To Keep It Together As A New Mom, Writer, And Wife How Is It That She Was Confident And Successful At Twenty Five Than In Her Mid Thirties Perhaps Worst Of All, Why Are Sunny And Rachel Who Ve Always Been Suspicious Of Each Other Suddenly Hanging Out Without Geraldine Hilarious And Fiercely Observed, How Could She Is An Essential Novel Of Female Friendship, An Insider S Look Into The Cutthroat World Of New York Media From Print To Podcasting And A Witty Exploration Of The Ways We Can And Cannot Escape Our Pasts im not gonna write a long review just because it honestly wasn t a great book for me it wasnt bad though maybe in a few years it will beenjoyable. This was one of those books where you kind of just get plopped down in the middle of a story that s already begun and you spend half the book just figuring out what s going on It reminded me of Allison Pearson s books in that way which is not a criticism, just an observation I never really felt like I got a good handle on these characters, but that s just me But I love a good city book, and this was definitely one of them Thank you to NetGalley and Viking for the advanced copy. This book was like sex and the city, but better And you can t beat sex and the city How could she is a coming age book about three friends that are all going through challenges in their life with each one hanging on just barely at times I found Geraldine and Rachel to be the most likeable characters because their storyline were so relatable Geraldine with her breakup, and again trying to find her footing and Rachel a struggling writer trying adjust to motherhood Those themes alone are immensely relatable to all coming of age women and new moms alike.Reading this book you see yourself and your friends in these women The friendship theme makes it a great book to reach a really big audience because as women, our friendships are such a core part of our lives.You are sure to identify with one of these ladies.Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for this ARC. I almost stopped reading this book In fact, I tried to stop about halfway through I had checked it out from one of my library s audiobook apps, and I had loaded up a different audiobook on another app to listen to in the car on my way home But, as is my way with technology, this one played instead, so I figured I was meant to finish it.The reason I was willing to set aside this book was because the three main characters were all unlikeable and pretty much the same petty, jealous, oblivious to her privilege and prone to political ranting woman If that was one of the three main characters, fine But, it was all three All the time This did not improve.I actually had to write a cheat sheet to keep track of which was the whining and jealous woman with the baby and the job as a writer whose professor husband studied fish brains vs which was the whining and neurotic woman whose fiance had dumped her and she was trying to find a job so she could relocate from Toronto to NYC vs which was the whining and entitled woman who made art and whose husband, I couldn t even tell what he did, he was so non descript.I m not sure why I finished, other than I m usually a book finisher, especially audiobooks from the library because I keep I checklist with all their due dates Yes, I am a list person And, a work a real job person who gets up and drives to an office every day, not hanging out at some overpriced coffee shop collaborating on something artistic and fullfilling, but rather something that pays the bills That is a concept that wouldn t register with any of these clueless gals I m not this book s target audience Maybe for the 1%ers who dedicated half their mind space whining about politics, this book is funny I thought it was interesting but irritating. A very compelling and very realistic tale of three friends frenemies whose fortunes rise and fall throughout the course of the book Loved the insidery publishing details I gasped when one character stole another s story idea I would love to know what each of the characters does next, even though the ending was satisfying Liked the author s breezy writing style and completely related to the competitive female friendships depicted. Here s the thingI can enjoy a book with unlikeable characters as long as it has an engaging plot And I can enjoy a book where not much happens when it is a fascinating character study What I apparently can t abide is a book where the characters are shallow, unlikeable and interchangeableand nothing happens Well, I shouldn t say NOTHING happensone of the characters moves at one point Other than that, the book is just essentially the three main characters standing around talking and arguing at restaurants and parties I couldn t finish this book fast enough. I ate this novel up and didn t want it to end It s a comedy of manners social satire about friendship and also about the absurdity perils of making art in the age of influence How Could She has that rare combination of a generous heart an enviably cool eye, and it s hilarious to boot I put it alongside my Edith Wharton, Evelyn Waugh and Mary McCarthy one of my favorite novels in a very long while.