This is definitely not "chick lit". At least not the kind I've read. Emma, the so called heroine, does drugs indiscriminately, and she and her boyfriend have sex while high, causing him to injure private parts of his body. Emma also goes through depression about her work. This book is depressing. The character Lucy in Marian Keyes wonderful "Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married" also goes through depression, and a bad relationship. But while Lucy is a sympathetic character, Emma, the heroine of "Hard" just seems - well - hard. There is nothing to recommend this book. Just plain depressing. I could not finish it. If you want to read Chick lit with a little more depth, try Marian Keyes. It's hard to go wrong with her books.
This book is hilarious. A light, fun read.
Very HARD to get through. I felt that the story jumped around too much to make it enjoyable and I honestly got sick of the main character whining about jobs (which takes forever to get through) and her love life.
I really liked this book. I felt it was more about Emma's jobs and less about her relationships with men. It was an interesting story and I loved th back story of Emma and her quest for a career.
Pleasant, semi-British chick lit
From the back of the book:
RIGHT. HERE'S WHAT I'VE LEARNED SO FAR....
1. Mums forgive their sons everything;
They forgive their sons' girlfriends nothing.
2. People who stay late at the office aren't admirable;
They're just not having sex.
3. When your boss says "nice blouse" with a wink,
It's time to wear a bra.
4. People who try to coin new catchphrases deserve our pity.
5. Friendship is not a one-way street. Neither is love.
Office politics. Bedroom diplomacy. The right dreams but the wrong turns. A girl can put up with a lot. But when she's had enough, don't be surprised when she comes out swinging...