Recession Proof by Kimberly Lin
Published By: CreateSpace
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: June 10, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction / Chick Lit
About The Author:
Kimberly Lin is a Southern California native, graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Economics. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a financial writer and hedge fund analyst but always dreamed of becoming a women's fiction author.
Utilizing her experiences, she writes stories that are witty, heartwarming and relatable to the modern woman.
She now resides in Orange County, CA. Recession Proof is her debut novel, and she is now working on her second novel and is the Publisher of Minted Magazine.
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Disclaimer: At the request of the author and Chick Lit Plus (CLP), a Paperback edition of this book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Events: On Thursday and Friday, December 22-23, 2011, in association with Chick Lit Plus (CLP), Kimberly participated in the virtual book tour events with an Author Interview and Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.
Amazon.com Book Description:
Sometimes going after what you want is the hardest thing you will ever do ...
Meet Helen. Smart, successful and obviously trapped. For the past six years, Helen has given her life and her heart to her cushy corporate job and to Mark without question. However as the Recession sweeps the Nation, she is one of many left unemployed and with the burning question of what does she really want in life.
Recession Proof is a debut novel for anyone that has settled in their career and relationship, but has discovered that what really matters in life is living it.
My Book Review:
Is living your life without passion in your career or relationship worth it? Would you be happy settling for less than what you really want? Is other people's views of your dreams as being unrealistic holding you back from fulfilling them and leaving you with self-doubt? What if everything you had and worked hard for suddenly disappeared, would you be able to pick up the pieces, and have the desire and drive to live your life the way you really want to? These are the questions that Helen Jennings faced in Recession Proof.
For the past six years, Helen Jennings has lived the successful professional career woman's lifestyle as a financial fund analyst in Los Angeles. For the same time period, she has been in an awkward relationship with her boyfriend Mark. In reality, she has been settling, and she is now feeling unfulfilled with her life choices. Her true passion has always been writing, but self-doubt led her to choose finance as her career choice. As for her relationship, she is unsure if Mark is really "The One." She's not really in love with him, and she suspects that he really isn't in love with her either, what keeps them together is that they are basically comfortable with each other. At a time when the nation is in the midst of a recession, life throws Helen a curve ball and turns her life upside down when she loses her job, and she realizes that being with Mark isn't enough, so they break up. Helen moves in with her best friend Sophie, and for a while she falls into a depression, she doesn't know what she wants to do with her life, but she does know that she wants to be happy and have a fulfilling life. It is torture waking up everyday without a sense of purpose, the hours are spent filled with uncertainty. Finally, she picks herself up and decides that she is going to give writing a shot, even if it doesn't pan out, she wants to see where her dream is going to take her. What ensues is a two year journey of self-discovery for Helen. Along the way she has discovered that she finally knows herself, and has become that independent woman that she always wanted to be, and even though the road to happiness and life's fulfillment isn't a bed of roses, maybe she'll be able to have her dream career and find a man that just might be "The One."
At a time when our nation's economy has been in the midst of a prolonged recession, and times have been hard for so many people, Recession Proof is a novel that everyone can relate to. The storyline is very well written and gives so much food for thought, it begs the readers to take a good look at their own lives and question if they are really happy and fulfilled in the choices that they have made. I really loved Helen's story, as she went on her journey of self-discovery, I came along for the ride and saw so much of myself in her, it was like looking in the mirror. There is so much that the reader can learn from reading this debut novel by author Kimberly Lin. I think the ultimate message that one can take away from reading this novel is to NEVER SETTLE, and the following quote quite nicely sums up the title of this novel: "I suppose it's always scarier to risk pursuing something you really love and want because failure and rejection could be completely devastating. However, what makes life worth living is taking a stand for what you love and want whether it results in measurable success - a high-salaried career, a marriage or a new house with all the trimmings. There is no singular way to complete a task or solve a problem; in the same, there is no one way to live life. I have learned that I am the only supply of me, which is the most recession proof job I can possibly ever have." What a profound quote, thank you Ms. Lim for sharing Recession Proof with the world.
RATING: 4 STARS ****