New Adult Contemporary
Date Published: 5/25/2012
The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie's journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on "just a summer job" to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather.
In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job---which she finally gets, along with her man. TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and mystery novel all rolled into one.
(Just an honest opinion)
I try hard not to give bad reviews and I'll do the same with this book.
We travel along Melaine Evers life of jobs and her own opinions of the what's happening in the world. She goes from temp job to temp job, striving for a permanent position. It's really lack luster. She has problems paying her bills (some of the letters from Citibank were cute). Her food consisted of potted meat and noodles, yup life was rough.
It really was disheartening with her first impressions of the first plane hitting the trade center on 9/11, I couldn't fathom someone could be so down right HEARTLESS.
She condemned people who worked so hard and thought for sure her education was going to give her the world. After reading some of the rejection letters, it no wonder why they turned her employment down. Wholly Hell. Then in the end she was willing to "sell her soul" to keep her new found temp job. Thank heavens she had Dave.
The whole side story with Phil (the ex) wasn't that interesting. The best part had to be Papaw and Dave.
Papaw was a hard working man with a lot of advice...some which Melanie did take (if maybe a little out of context).
Dave was one character I really enjoyed. I can't see why he was so strongly attracted to Melanie. Then again he did know her before she got out of school. Dave was honest and caring.
If you're into a "I'm better than you" main character, a bunch of filler, a wonderful "Papaw" and a few guys in between then go for it.
Jill Elaine Hughes
JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a journalist and playwright
as well as a New Adult fiction novelist. As a reporter,
she has contributed to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago
Reader, Washington Post, New Art Examiner, Cat
Fancy magazine, and numerous other media outlets.
Her plays have widely published and produced in
New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta,
and many other U.S. cities, as well as in the UK and
Australia. Before self-publishing New Adult fiction,
she published many erotic romance novels under the
pen names “Jamaica Layne” and “Jay E. Hughes” for
publishers like Ellora’s Cave, Virgin Books, Decadent
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