How Happy to Be by Katrina Onstad

How Happy to Be

byKatrina Onstad

Kobo ebook | January 7, 2011

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Sharp, urban, witty, wise — this sparkling debut is the thinking woman’s answer to chick lit Maxime is an entertainment writer at a flailing neo-con newspaper. She’s been dining out too long, literally and figuratively, on a culture of celebrity worship and empty punditry. She seeks refuge from her better judgment in endless parties, ritual substance abuse, and half-hearted attempts to get herself fired, but in a libertarian newsroom where outrageous spin is the easiest way to sell papers, her bad-girl behaviour just wins her more accolades.

Along this path of self-destruction, Max’s past, comic and poignant, keeps intruding: memories of her mother’s brutal death and her hippie father’s crippling breakdown; the reappearance of an aging vegan idealist who briefly played her stepmom on the West Coast commune where she came of age; tender realizations about the bad artist she was supposed to marry and a long-lost boyfriend who seems exotically sane. When a host of prior indiscretions finally catches up with her, Maxime realizes that any chance at happiness depends on uncovering, at last, her one true story.

Set during the madness of the Toronto International Film Festival and weaving back and forth between Max’s commune past and her newsroom present, How Happy to Be portrays with razor-sharp insight and bittersweet wit a modern woman’s descent into — and eventual escape from — the deafening pop culture noise of the early twenty-first century. Intelligent, savvy, this novel marks the arrival of a remarkable new fiction talent.

Title:How Happy to BeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 7, 2011Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551991799

ISBN - 13:9781551991795

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put this down! i read this book in one go while on vacation. I would highly recommend it for the twenty something crowd! Katrina is witty and sarcastic. I loved it!
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Depressing yet well written This is a well written novel that is a realistic version of the chick lit novel. It would definitely appeal to women over the age of 20 but under 40. It's almost a coming of age novel type of novel where the main character figures out what happiness is to her while battling her way through our materialistic "results oriented" society. One warning: this novel is very raw in its style and at times is severely depressing; however, it's quite a good reflection of our society and its values.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't be fooled, not Chick Lit. This novel pleasantly surprised me. Ms. Onstad has written a stylish and hip little love story that also skewers big city journalism and the Toronto International Film Festival. The characters are very human and I found myself liking each of them. I can’t wait to see more from this up and coming new talent.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful It pains me to write this as I like to read and promote Canadian authors as much as possible. There are such great writers writing terrific books in this country, however, this writer and her book is not one of them. How Happy to Be is one of the worse books I have ever read (and I have read a lot!). The main character is so unlikable I felt myself hoping she would get fired, Theo would learn to hate her. I couldn't wait to finish it and am even contemplating returning it. I can't believe I wasted my time reading this horrible book.
Date published: 2006-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart and funny! Highly recommended I just got my copy today and I highly recommend this book. Some very funny parts and the inside look at the entertainment world is interesting. But the book is more than that. Some of what she writes about relationships is really great and thought provoking. Too late for Christmas but it would make a great present for any smart women you know.
Date published: 2006-01-04