Flawed Happiness by Cori Tadrus

Flawed Happiness

byCori Tadrus

Kobo ebook | March 3, 2015

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Athena Wallace has spent the first thirty years of her life desperately trying to be perfect. But as her sassy, unfiltered best friend, Nadine, points out, “being perfect ain’t got shit to do with being happy.” With this reality weighing heavily on her, Athena takes on a new assignment at the magazine where she works as a columnist: an exposé on how six strangers seek happiness through the exotic venues of Manhattan nightlife. Side by side with an eclectic cast of characters – including a millionaire attorney who moonlights as a drag queen and a motorcycle-riding grandma with a ‘fuck-it’ list – Athena embarks on a soulful, and often satirical, journey to find her happiness. As she discovers, sometimes you have to look outside of yourself in order to become the person you are meant to be.


Title:Flawed HappinessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:ZLS PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manhattan Chic Lit Romance! Athena has spent her life trying to uncover the wellspring of happiness, and at age thirty-something, is still seeking a sense of satisfaction with her life, despite 'following all the rules' that were supposed to get her to that point. So when she accepts a new magazine assignment to write an exposé on how six strangers find happiness in the course of experiencing Manhattan's night life, the pursuit seems right up her alley both professionally (as a reporter) and personally (as one searching for meaning in life, herself.) What she uncovers is more than she expects, bringing readers with her on a romp through a Manhattan underworld that at first seems exotic and rough, but soon becomes familiar and even filled with characters who evolve to become not representations of forbidden excitements, but real people with their own keys to success. It's the transition from a life where "every day brings nothing but the usual" to a more purposeful world that engrosses both Athena and the reader following in her footsteps as chapters explore her expensive tastes and her search for something different. In the course of such a venture, characterization isn't just important; it's a key to success - and Flawed Happiness provides an intersection of personalities that are vivid, believable, and compelling in their uniqueness. An affinity for Manhattan social scenes and culture, a fondness for 'chic lit' explorations of self, and an interest in a night life exploration that begins by questioning what leads people to happiness and evolves into descriptions of the courses that lead to this goal will all lend to enjoyment of Athena's journey, which holds romance and more than a few surprises in the course of its action. Flawed Happiness touches deeply upon the process and impetus for letting loose pre-conceived notions in favor of challenging one's ideals and making new discoveries.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful and reflective I was hooked into the book immediately through the author's ability to describe Athena's journey and interactions with her dynamic characters in a way that made you feel like you were there with her... more importantly by allowing the reader to engage in a thoughtful and reflective internal dialogue of their own, in tandem with Athena. Such a great book with witty creativity, and an easy read!
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happiness in NYC I went into reading this with a certain idea in my head from the cover alone, (yeah I know the saying), totally blew my thoughts away. I haven't stayed up late reading in years, I didn't want it to end. Friends around NYC brought to you by journalist Athena, the smart, sassy and twenty something on a search for her happiness. Each character introduction left you thinking you knew everything but still wanted more. Great read, sequel please?
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel! Flawed Happiness is a great, new novel that will keep you wanting to read more! Every time a chapter ended, I found myself wanting to move onto the next, even though my eyes couldn't stay open. Athena, the main character, is full of energy and soul. She is searching for true happiness throughout the book with the help of her friends. I couldn't help but to relate the character to my own self. Athena has many great things in her life but feels as if something is missing. Author Cori Tadrus reeled me in as a reader with descriptive details and words that create imagery. Great read!! I can't wait to see what other books she will create.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific, Easy Read I was incredibly invested in each character in this debut novel about finding your own happiness. I found myself unable to stop reading until I finished this book, as I had to know what was going to happen next! This book is mostly geared towards young adults, but given the diverse characters, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this novel!
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Debut Novel! "There are thousands of books addressing the subject of happiness..." This is true but this one is different. Flawed Happiness is refreshing and entertaining, simple yet complex. A look into the life of Athena Wallace as she looks to the lives of several other New Yorkers while on assignment for a nightlife magazine, we are all along for the ride on a lovely tale of assessing one's self and a pursuit of happiness. Athena's character is very well developed, very real. Her insecurities, her beauty, her sass and humor, the fact that she is HUMAN shines through. The dialogue and attention to detail is impeccable. There are a wide range of characters and it would be easy for some of them to fall flat but author, Cori Tadrus' ability to read and glean from various social interactions, cultures and pure human nature is apparent! Prepare to laugh out loud, gasp, shed a tear or two...maybe not read this book in public if that sort of thing would be embarrassing to you. ;-) I could see Flawed Happiness made into a film...and it would be a good one! This is a fantastic debut novel and I am excited to see what's down the road!
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive debut - Poignant search for meaning Flawed Happiness is a poignant story, written in an unassuming fashion, about Athena Wallace. Someone who has followed the rules, is successful by most conventional standards, yet feels something is lacking. Athena is searching for her meaning. It is an exploration worth following. The 30-year-old magazine journalist interviews a diverse array of characters for a series of articles about how “real” New Yorkers spend their Saturday nights out. Over the course of the six weeks it takes to complete the project, Athena learns to trust and follow her own instincts. The story opens with a comfortably deliberate pace and gives us a good sense of the protagonist’s dilemma. We meet two of Athena’s best friends who stay with us throughout the story and provide diverse perspectives for her to consider. As the weeks unfold and we get into the meat of the journey things pick up considerably. The cast of characters we encounter are interesting, their stories intriguing. In her impressive debut novel, Cori Tadrus adeptly portrays Athena with honesty, self-deprecation, and humor; enticing the reader pull for her as she navigates through the clutter. Athena, though somewhat flawed and perhaps a bit naïve, perseveres. There is no denying her strength and commitment to finding her meaning.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Expected Let me give full disclosure here – I did not think that I was going to enjoy this book very much. When I read the premise of the story, I found myself rolling my eyes a little and thinking “Oh goodness, another book about a spoiled 30-something who needs to find herself through the experience of others – yawn. Isn’t this why we have Grey’s Anatomy?” But I told myself that I would read the book with an open mind, and I did, and I ended up really enjoying it, despite myself.  Although I didn’t necessarily care for the profanity sprinkled throughout, I do understand that when an author sees a character in a certain way – whether it’s their looks, style of dress, social mannerisms or patterns of speech – it’s harder to portray them in any other way. And this is obviously how the author sees some of these characters (more specifically, Athena, Nadine, and Olivia) – a little rough around the edges. However, that is not the only side that we see of any of these characters. I think that the author did a good job of not making any one character too one-dimensional. By the end of the book, they seemed like real people to me, and I found myself really liking every one of them (with the exception of the characters that you weren’t supposed to like). I wanted to have dinner with Athena’s parents. I wanted to see the drag show with Francey. I could see in my mind the look on Olivia’s face when she saw herself in that dress, and wished that I could have actually seen it in person. I could totally imagine Marks’ sassiness, and wished that I worked with him. And Nadine? Crazy and potty-mouthed as that girl was, she was a crackup. I think that my favorite characters would have to be Mark and Olivia, although the scene where Vince sings to Theresa is too adorable for words, too. I love the author’s descriptions in this book – over and over again I found myself feeling like I could actually see perfectly in my head what was going on. When Athena was in her apartment, I was in her apartment (or at least I wanted to be, haha – that place sounded amazing!). When she was describing each of the places that she went, I felt like I could see them in my head, too. I also felt like I could relate to her in a lot of ways, just girl to girl, y’know? When she has the inner-monologue going in her head and then does things like tell herself to chill out or shut up. Yeah, totally done that. By the end of the book, she felt like an old girlfriend of mine. When she describes that scene with her Taj and Anthony in the cab after she finds out he has a girlfriend and she goes from feeling so attracted to him to so annoyed – little things like that made her seem so real and relatable to me. And I loved that although she was definitely very much into on-the-surface things like hair, makeup and clothes, she was not a shallow person. As you get to know Athena, you see that she is actually very sensitive and caring toward others. She is no saint, and she has people that get on her nerves as much as the next person, but that, too, is what makes her real. A character who’s got sass AND sensitivity – that’s my kind of protagonist.  Although I originally thought that this book was going to be only ankle-deep, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I definitely had some “aha!” moments while reading it (especially the last page – beautifully written!). It definitely made me take a look at my own life a little more closely and try to see it a bit differently. And any book that makes you think and reflect about your own life, well I think that’s always a good thing.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! From the first page, I was drawn into this story. Flawed Happiness sucks you into the action in the best way a book can; it makes you feel intimately connected to the characters, and ponder your own thoughts, behavior and aspirations at the same time. It keeps you giggling as you quickly flip through the pages, and yet leaves you questioning one of life’s greatest mysteries….what is happiness, and how can I achieve it? Strap on a pair of stilettos and follow Athena in her journey. You won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down!! I am an avid reader so being offered the opportunity to read something by an up and coming author was a privilege. I spent every night huddled under the covers, well after my husband fell asleep, reading this until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. This book was very easy to read. It chronicles everyone's journey towards the pursuit of happiness. I loved learning about the various characters that Athena meets along her journey. Well done, Ms Tadrus! I can not wait to see what literary creation you come up with next.
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A creative look into the "Souls of the City" Flawed Happiness is a creative and funny look into the “Souls of City” who bring meaning into the life of journalist, Athena Wallace. Athena always followed the straight and narrow path. But while on assignment for her weekly magazine column “Come Here Often?” she visits an array of establishments in Manhattan from sports bars and biker bars to dance clubs and jazz clubs and everything in-between. While meeting and interviewing the frequent flyers of these unique places she discovers that true path to happiness involves a crooked and curvy path—and that’s way more fun and fulfilling! A creative novel by Cori Veit Tadrus and hoping to read more Athena adventures in the near future!
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful trip down memory lane... I loved this book. I found the storyline and characters to be realistic. Parts of this novel transported me to my 20's, to moments which were pivotal and memorable. This novel had me crying, smiling, gasping and sighing - all indicators of a well written story. I look forward to more story telling by Ms. Cori Tadrus.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soulful, Sassy and Thoughtful I'm so honored to have been able to read a pre- release version of this soulful, sassy and thoughtful book. I loved it! Think a woman's journey of self- discovery meets Humans of New York meets "girl talk" and you have this book. Once I got a few chapters deep I couldn't stop and binge read until I was done! Great novel
Date published: 2015-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got Me Thinking About My Happiness! I received this book from the publisher to review before it came out. With that said, I truly enjoyed this book. At first, you think it's a "girls getting together to talk and complain about men" type of book. It quickly becomes obvious that this is not that type of book. Her friends are the ones who initiate her finding her happiness but not in the way one would think. I enjoyed the characters honesty and bravery as she embarked on a journey of finding out what made her happy. I enjoyed the host of characters that she had. I laughed, I shouted, and I even cried when someone died. Why did the character have to die? It made me sad. Anyway, I also enjoyed that she learned something from everyone. That is what we should all do. We should all take the time and analyze the people in our lives and learn something from them. This book was a great read. It flowed well and it had me thinking about my own happiness and what that entails. I want to know if there will be a book two, so I could see if Anthony and the character get together for real and if there is a happiness story there as well.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great debut! I received this book in an encrypted ebook form from the publishers to review before the publication. I will admit that in the beginning, the book was a little slow going for me. I wasn't sure what I would think of it. I thought it would end up as some romance story that I wasn't sure I'd like. As Athena goes on her new assignment, going to local spots in the city that she loves just to interview patrons, the story got more and more interesting. I loved learning about these other people Athena met and the influence they were having on her life. Since she has always been a person to just keep doing what you have to do to make it big in life, she hasn't had time to actually be happy with life. All of the things she thought made her happy, were just that, things. By her third weekend out, I knew I had to finish the book that night to see how the story panned out. All in all, I really liked this book! It's a great story about learning to love life, let loose and find true happiness, even if it may be a little flawed.
Date published: 2015-03-02