What Have You Done For Mia Lately?
by Julia Flynn
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Pub Date 07 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 24 Dec 2023
"Kat, I don’t just collect people. I invest in them.” Mia is your friend. Mia is your mentor. Mia is also a raging narcissist.
Kat learns that Mia’s friendship comes at a price - and the price is too high. But someone must pay. Who will it be?
For anyone who has endured a tyrannical boss or a toxic friend - or maybe both - What Have You Done for Mia Lately? is the story for you.
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Average rating from 20 members
I was shocked at how fast I burned through this one - each facet of the storyline is well thought out and I couldn't find a single loose end. I so look forward to more from this author!!
This was a surprisingly quick read! I enjoyed the pacing even if I did feel a bit disoriented at times from what felt like abrupt changes in the setting. The premise of the book immediately drew me in, and the actual plot did not disappoint. It was a bit of a slow burn but the build-up was worth it -- Kat was an all-too-relatable MC, and everyone has or has known a Mia in their life. I was especially delighted by the foreshadowing in the short conversation between Kat and her friend at the end of chapter 3, though the very last page did still manage to surprise me.
This author has a lot of potential, and I'm excited to see more work from them in the future!
A fast paced novel which at times could have done with slowing down but overall a great read.
I won't say much about the plot as I think it's best to go in blind but just know you are in for a ride!
A fast paced and exciting read where you just loveee to hate the characters! I'm definitely interested in reading more by Julia Flynn.
WHYDFML was painful to read - not because of the writing which was fabulous, but because it so perfectly captured the limbo of being stuck in a toxic friendship or relationship and having no clue how to get out.
We start the story in a beauty part of union square park, with cherry blossoms turning pink and the sun in the sky - but the beautiful surroundings fade into the background as the stress and tension set in for Kat. Kat herself was a complex main character, a lawyer for white collar crime, overworked and tired and as we watch on as her life continues on as normal … until it doesn’t. Even with the third person narration, we still get a lot of her personality shine through as we spend more time with her and see beyond the cliche of the high-powered career character. It’s a little slow and quiet to start, but eventually finds a steady and interesting pace.
The pressure starts to ramp up right away, with cases about corrupt landlords, sly bosses, - it’s enough to make you anxious, or maybe run away and hide. If you’ve ever found yourself caught up in a friendship and not realizing until too late that they’re selfish, cruel or dishonest you’ll know exactly how Kat feels.
A masterclass in toxicity and the pressures of modern life, this book is a little too relatable for its own good.