Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe

Dry humor and awkward social experiences in growing into adulthood? Sounds like a fun, easy read!

Thank you Little, Brown and Company for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel lands a job in a local dentist’s office after answering a classified ad for a “mature lady with a strong interest in dental issues.” The job comes with an apartment of her own, as well as an eccentric boss, a high-strung coworker, and the occasional call to perform light dentistry herself. It also provides Lizzie with an introduction to Andy Nicolello, young man of her dreams: handsome, kind, slightly indifferent. Lizzie seizes her chance to find love and soon begins calling him her boyfriend even though they have never so much as kissed or sat next to each other on the sofa. Navigating the new waters of adult life (conquering homesickness, learning to drive, hosting a dinner party, making bold-or tragic, depending on the viewer-fashion choices), Lizzie arrives at an unexpected, and unexpectedly moving, destination.

I am new to the Lizzie Vogel series, but I thought this was clever and witty! I was giggling throughout and appreciated the 80s vibe appropriately represented. I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed the dental descriptions were and thought it entertaining as a biologist myself. I have a hard time relating to English references and found a few things to be very far-fetched, but still enjoyed the read.

3.5/5 Stars

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