Six Weeks to Toxic
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Bess is cute and quirky, a struggling sound artist with a punk rock past and a penchant for pop philosophy. Maxine is a sleek, strapping journalist living the good life. Despite their different lifestyles, they’ve been best friends for 16 years. New Year's Day 2000, where the story opens, begins with a headache and a hangover. Bess finds herself facing 35, single, struggling to make ends meet and stuck with a bad case of existential blues. Meanwhile, Maxi has just landed a new job, a new home and a hot new man. But when the tables turn and everything starts to go right for Bess and wrong for Maxine, their relationship sours — fast. This witty, sexy debut novel about the complexities of female friendship is one to which women of all ages can relate.

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Recommended? You Betcha!
September 14, 2007


So I was one of the lucky reviewers who got this book free through the Chick Club. Thanks guys!

In reading this book, I hoped for a fun, lighthearted read about female relationships. After finishing the book, it is safe to say that is exactly what I got out of this book.

I found the characters to be hit or miss in how I felt about them. While the overall character development was well done, many of the characters, like Maxi and Tom, seem stereotypical and boring. This never gave me much incentive to root for them or understand them. McCormack does score a homerun in developing a few characters like Rocks (as previously discussed) and Bess, the sweet girl, that of the two best friends, most us want to relate to.

I enjoyed reading the hilarious banter between Bess and Maxi. Mccormack uses a casual speech pattern peppered with four letter words perhaps to convey the girls' closeness and ease with each other. I did not feel the cursing added much and often it detracted from an otherwise great scene. The references to T.O. did not offend me, but since I am from Vancouver, I did not understand the significance of most of them.

While the book describes itself as a female breakup book, I have to agree with other reviewers that thought the breakup was not as toxic as I thought it was going to be. It seemed to be more of realization that the two girls were not true best or even good friends. I was disappointed that the book did not delve much into the aftermath of the breakup or the sadness that comes with losing someone you have invested time and love in.

Overall, I think this book works as a lighthearted look at love and relationships. I would recommend this book to anyone, who wants an easy read and likes great dialogue.

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Recommended? Fugheddaboutit!
September 10, 2007


The synopsis of this book promised a fun and exciting chicklit and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I was, however, rather disappointed when I've gotten through the first few chapters and the book did not appear to live up to my expectations.

McCormack was very funny and very witty. I enjoyed all the quirky little comments embedded throughout the novel. Unfortunately, that was about the only thing I liked about it.

First thing I noticed about the book was that there really wasn't anything interesting that happened. We knew the friendship was doomed because it said so on the back cover, so I was expecting to feel the tension building up with each chapter. But the tension never happened. The girls never really fought until the end, even the fight between Bess and Marcus was shortlived (and the only had one spat). There was nothing to carry me from one chapter to the next.

Although McCormack had devoted a lot of effort in character development by providing the readers ample details on Bess and Maxi's personalities and their friendship, I found her characters and their relationships with each other lacked substance. It was as if I was looking watching their lives through a glass window. None of the characters were able to grab my senses and draw me into the book. It almost felt like McCormack was trying to write a book about an ordinary girl that everyone can relate to but she went a little too far. Bess was too ordinary; she was a little boring to read about.

I also thought the ending was unrealistic. Maxi came across as spoiled and selfish but I thought her tandrum at the party leading to the demise of their friendship was a little farfetched. This brings us back to the lack of tension throughout the book. While Maxi showed small signs of jealousy prior to the party, I did not feel that her resentment towards Bess was strong enough to warrant a broken friendship. Every friendship harbours some degree of jealousy and resentment at one point or another; no friendship (or relationship for that matter) is perfect. The ending of a long friendship is a very traumatic event and I found it hard to believe that Maxi would so easily throw all of that away because she blew up at Bess, once. Had Maxi been acting like a crazy jealous maniac throughout the book, thus creating tension between the girls, then this ending would have been more appropriate. Also, with the climax in the last 5 pages of the book, it felt the ending was very rushed and poorly thought out. In the end, it almost felt as though Bess was not overly bothered by her broken friendship with Maxi; that is also hard to believe because Bess was portraited as someone who love with all her heart and will forever stand by her loyalty to her friends. I expected her to be completely broken hearted at the lost of her bestfriend of 16 years.

Finally, all the references to Toronto was a little annoying. At first it was fun, but after awhile, it felt like McCormack was trying too hard to impress.

Overall, I am not giving this book a great review. However, I think McCormack deserves another chance because I believe she has a lot of potentials. She's very witty and her humour was really the highlight of this book. I will definitely read another book written by her in the future.



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August 28, 2007


I love the premise of this book. The central question is, "What happens when you break up with your best friend?"

My opinion on this one is divided, and I generally agree with the previous reviewer's comments.

On the plus side, the character development is excellent and the plot engaging. McCormack introduces new characters convincingly and doesn't waste time with complex storylines that take away from the central idea. She is obviously a talented writer, and overall the novel was a very entertaining read.

I was put off at first by early chapters where McCormack uses fancy references to set the stage and give readers insight to the mindset of her protagonists. It was too wordy and complex; I almost Googled some of her terms in my confusion, and this made me believe that the author was trying too hard to impress. However, this style was simplified in later chapters and made for a more comfortable read. This contrast, too, was jarring as though two different writers collaborated on this project. I would have preferred a single, consistent style.

Also, the plot does not move as predictably as you might assume. As MissChickie says, the premise that the relationship gradually disintigrates over 6 weeks is not really reflected in the story; in fact, it appeared to me that the relationship was shallow and one-sided from the beginning, and it is this gradual realization on the part of likeable Bess which comes to end the friendship.

The mood is dark, but the ending satisfying. Some sensitive readers might not appreciate the casual attitude toward sex and faith, but Candace Bushnell fans will certainly want to pick this one up.

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August 21, 2007


I received this book from the publisher. It's a light, witty read about two longtime gal pals whose friendship slowly crumbles. The characters are sacrilegious, the sex scenes are explicit and it's certainly one of the edgier chicklit reads out there.

The relationships between the characters are very well developed - especially between the two best friends. You really feel like you know and understand both women and I loved the treatment of the dog, Rocks, a delightfully unexpected central character.

Parts of the book can be hard to follow. Some of the conversations are littered with references to things not everyone will be familiar with and in some cases, the language feels a little more complicated than it need be. You may also find yourself offended by some of the irreverence or annoyed by the many references to T.O. Also, the breakdown of the relationship wasn't as gradual as the chapter titles (poison, rot, toxic, etc) would have you believe. The climax happens within a page or two at the very end of the book so if you're hoping for a good cat fight you won't find it here.

However, I enjoyed the book. It's fun, light, very believable and totally relatable.

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