Friday, 12 October 2012
Book Review: Her Ten Year Itch, by Emma Kaufmann
On the face, Scarlett has it all. She has a highly successful career, handsome husband, a child and even a nanny. But life has become so mundane. She wants sex, passion and excitement. She has reached the point where younger men are not just younger men, they are her willing prey.
However, soon she becomes the prey. She attracts the unwanted attentions of both an outrageous radio celebrity and the scandal-thirsty paparazzi after a perfectly innocent kiss to a lesbian supermodel gets splashed across the papers. Her new lifestyle certainly satisfies her cravings, but she gets far, far more than she bargained for.
*warning* contains mature content
I very much enjoyed Her Ten Year Itch, by Emma Kaufmann. It’s a contemporary romance novel, or chick-lit, which was light-hearted and very entertaining. I laughed a lot during this book but there was also a slightly more serious side which made me think; is the grass always greener on the other side? I don’t necessarily think so and the author demonstrates this point subtly, but effectively, in my opinion.
Scarlett, the protagonist, is a “yummy mummy” who lives in a luxurious house with her husband and young daughter. She seems to have it all; a good job as an advertising executive, a beautiful home in an exclusive area, decent friends and a very comfortable lifestyle. However, she feels that her life is missing that special “something.” Her relationship with her husband has grown distant and they both take each for granted. Their sex life is boring, to say the least, despite Scarlett’s best attempts to spice it up. They both feel as if they are “going through the motions.” She has a crush on her boss and has many fantasies about running away into the sunset with him and living happily ever after.
Her friend, Tanya, is her confidante and encourages her to pursue her boss, which leads to some very funny scenes and interestingly it doesn’t go quite as planned.
Her Ten Year Itch is fast-paced and kept me turning the pages, eager to find out what was going to happen next. The characters are very likeable and easy to relate to. I would highly recommend this book and I very much look forward to reading more by Ms. Kaufmann in the future.