Sunday, 28 October 2007

I Never Fancied Him Anyway by Claudia Carroll

I Never Fancied Him Anyway
Claudia Carroll
(Bantam Press €??)

PSYCHICS are an unlikely source of chicklit gold, but Claudia Carroll's Cassandra is a rich seam for the author.

Cassandra has always had 'flashes'; even at the age of seven she sees bronzed beach hunks with longing eyes proposing to her aunties.

When we meet her next she's earning her living writing a psychic agony column for Tattle, a Dublin gossip magazine.

Cassie's friends seek advice too.

The obligatory gay friend, Marc with a C, is looking for Mr Right, or rather Messrs Right, as he serial-dates every nice-looking guy in his gym.

Activist friend Jo has little time for such frivolities - she's busy saving the world - but Cassie knows there's someone out there for everyone.

And spoilt-rotten Charlene meets another DSM (decent single man) and now Cassie's in trouble: could this guy be destined for Cassie herself?

Further complications ensue when Charlene decides that she's going to be Cassie's agent, and wants her to star on a TV show - where the DSM is a producer.

It's all witty fun, but with occasional icky touches, like Carroll's tendency to refer to 'the Queen' and generally carry on as if Ireland is a suburb of Essex.

Carroll is Nicola on Fair City, by the way, as well as being a big success as a writer - she's about to take off in world markets, with Harper bringing out her hilarious Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man next year in the US.

xxxx and a half stars

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i read this book and it was so good i just couldn't put it down; i finished it within 2 days. I'm now using this for my english book report and am very pleased to do so considering this is the most witty book I've read. I recommend anybody to read this if they are in the mood for a good laugh and suspenseful gossip =)