You know, I haven’t read some good chick-lit in a while. I get sent many books to review but rarely in this genre, and the books I purchase myself all seem to be of a thriller/mystery nature. So, to receive a copy of The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper was a breath of fresh air.
The Law of Attraction focuses on Amanda Bentley, a Northern, working class girl, over the period of a year as she undertakes a pupilage at a top set of Chambers. Amanda soon realises she is the underdog at the Chambers not only due to her background and looks, but also an ill-advised romance with a senior member, Sid Ryder.
When you read that a book has Legally Blond vibes, you automatically know you are onto a winner. But what really sold it for me was the fact that the story was loosely based on author Roxie Cooper’s own life. I felt I could connect even more with the protagonist, also coming myself from a similar background and the feeling of having to continually prove myself while also refusing to play the “kiss ass” game. However, I can’t say I deal with office politics as well as Amanda did so this story also brought the motivation of becoming a stronger woman.
Because, for me, this was what this book was essentially about – a strong woman. Yes, it had all the usual laid-back elements of chic-lit thrown in, but the underlying theme was so much more. It focused on womanhood and how females are still suffering in the workplace, how they are almost immediately underestimated because of their sex, how they are not taken seriously because of their looks and, most importantly, how sexual relations, especially within the workplace, define women one way and men the other. But, Cooper is smart and although The Law of Attraction focuses mostly on the issues woman have to deal with, she also adds weight to the balance on how men can also be stereotyped. We see this through the character of Sid who has unfairly gained himself the title of womanizer from people who know little to none about his personal life.
Of course, this is also a really fun book to read. You will love Amanda and hate Marty. You will appreciate the support Amanda receives from pupil master Skylar and wish him to be your granddad. You will give your best friend a squeeze when Amanda and Heidi remind you just how important friendship is. And you will thank Roxie Cooper for writing this wonderful book when you finish.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.