Author Guest Post
One of my favorite places to visit is Japan. It has amazing history and most of the people are very interesting. They are also small, whereas I am a healthy Western size. I was visiting Tokyo with a Japanese boyfriend who took me to a department store. He had translated my measurements and was asking a size negative two Japanese girl if a particular dress I liked was available in my size. She SNICKERED. Yes, she did. Then she did that rude thing where she looked me up and down. Then she batted her stupid eyelashes, whispered something to him, and giggled.
“We have to go to a different floor,” he told me, avoiding eye contact.
“Why?” I demanded, hands on my apparently overly ample hips.
Now granted, English was not his first language so maybe this would have gone better if he’d been able to answer differently. However, when he answered,
“They have clothes there for big people like you,” my reaction was to INSIST that the dress we’d picked out would fit me. I snatched it from his hands, glared at the shop keeper, and marched into a change room. The fact that I barely fit into the little cubicle should have been a sign. If I stood on my tiptoes, I could actually look over the door.
By some miracle I got the dress on. Not comfortably, of course - I couldn’t breathe and the strength of the seams were being tested – but the point is that I got it ON. The problem was getting it off. I had gotten into it by slipping it over my head but I couldn’t get it back over my shoulders after. Mind over matter, I thought, holding my breath and pulling up with all my strength.
Almost...almost....and no. I was stuck with it halfway off.
You ever see those characters on Sesame Street whose arms are stuck straight up beside their heads? That was me. Except I didn’t want people to see me stuck like that so I was bent at the waste so that my gargantuan arms didn’t stick out over the change room door.
“Everything okay?” the shopkeeper asked.
“Well if fits beautifully but I’m not sure about the color,” I said.
“It’s black,” she pointed out.
You could see my feet underneath the dressing room so I strutted around (as well as I could in the 2 foot by 2 foot cubicle) and pretended to check myself out in the mirror. My arms had pins and needles and the room started to spin. The only comfort I had was that the room was so small that if I fainted, I’d just end up sliding slowly down the wall.
With a flash of brilliance, I felt around my purse with my outstretched arms and found my travel scissors. Yes, I cut my way out of the dress.
I’m older and heavier now, but more importantly, much wiser. The next time a snotty size negative two tries to makes me feel bad, I’m just going to sit on her.
About The Author
Michelle is passionate about theatre - watching, writing for, and acting in. Although she enjoys it all, she favours comedy. She is a black belt in karate, a classical pianist, and is addicted to pilates and pad thai.
Check out Michelle's website and blog at www.mlmorgan.net
Tripping Through by Michelle L. Morgan
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: October 5, 2013
Format: Paperback - 288 pages
Kindle - 4299 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Quirky, clumsy, and eager-to-please Karly has more than her fair share of bad luck.
We first meet our 29-year-old accountant in her loud (the fire alarm is going off) and smoky (she’s trying to bake) kitchen. During the chaos, Karly is dumped because of misunderstandings over a divorce lawyer she didn't hire and an affair she didn't have. This comes just weeks after performing a very efficient audit on a company…that wasn't actually a client.
Single and unemployed, Karly continues tripping through life, both metaphorically and physically. She thinks her luck may be turning when she meets the perfect man but in true-to-Karly form, manages to scare him off. And he isn’t just “not returning her phone calls” scared but more “sprinting away across the parking lot screaming like a banshee” scared.
Just as she thinks it can't get any worse, it inevitably does. Is Karly destined to lead a life of loneliness and poverty or does fate have something else in mind?
My Book Review:
Tripping Through is a thoroughly entertaining story that follows the daily misadventures and bad luck that occur in Karly's life.
Written in the first person narrative, the author weaves a lighthearted and humorous tale that easily draws the reader into the zany trials and tribulations that the twenty-nine year old accountant deals with in her personal life and career. I couldn't help but see a bit of myself in Karly, I could relate to her on many levels, as I too have been known to be clumsy, and have also found myself in situations where you would think I had nothing but bad luck like Karly did. Karly's unfortunate mishaps and bad luck is enough to make any normal person shake their head in amazement.
Tripping Through is an amusing story to read, in Karly, the author has created a fun character who is so endearing and hysterical, you can't help but really like her. I enjoyed following Karly on her journey to getting control of her life, she's just a normal girl like any one of us, you gotta love her spunk and ability to muddle through all the mishaps, drama, trials and tribulations that she went through, and cheer her on as her story unfolds.
With a quirky cast of characters and an entertaining storyline that rings with a touch of reality that we can all relate to at some time in our lives, Tripping Through is a fun, fast-paced, and humorous story that will make you chuckle and leave a smile on your face.
RATING: 4 STARS
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