Monday, December 10, 2018

TEAL PAISLEY TIGHTS by Barbara Brutt, Reviewed by Karen Klepsteen for Just Reads Tour

Jadyn Simon is a twenty-something living in Pittsburgh and trying to stay afloat in her job as an account services consultant. Basically, she’s in marketing and advertising. She’s overworked, underpaid, and trying to avoid the wrath of her demanding, overbearing boss. With a passion for art as well as volunteering with youth, Jadyn also has a big heart but not a lot of life experience yet.

As the story unfolds we get to see Jadyn learn to juggle and prioritize responsibilities, to rely on her faith in God a little better, and to decide what she truly wants out of life. Like all young adults, this doesn’t always go as planned, and she sometimes falters in her resolve. I feel like that’s a pretty accurate depiction of young adults, though. Sometimes she drove me crazy with her indecision and her less wise choices, and I feel like I can better understand how parents must feel about their young adult children!

There are a couple of things about this story that bothered me. One conflict in the story is left unresolved, but that may be a deliberate decision on the author’s part because really, that’s how life is sometimes. Also, this book is a bunch of genres mixed together: chick lit, YA contemporary, and even a light Christian element. Again, maybe it was the author’s intent to show how muddy and complicated life can be during that part of life. It’s a light, fun story, and I’m curious to see if there are any sequels that feature other people in Jadyn’s life. 

*I received a copy of this book from Vinspire Publishing through JustRead Publicity Tours and am under no obligation to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

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