Isa Maxwell Escapades #1
by Ana Spoke
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Pub Date 04 Sep 2015 | Archive Date 04 Sep 2016
Fifteen minutes of fame is all Isa Maxwell needs to solve her
financial woes and win back Brad, the love of her life.
Thanks to her clumsiness, street smarts, and an unbelievable bit of luck, Isa lands her dream job, becoming the protege of Mr. Hue, the playboy billionaire owner of Shizzle, Inc. She even gets a number of new love interests, but all is not what it seems. In fact, absolutely nothing is what it seems.
Can Isa survive the tough world of corporate intrigue and constant looming bodily harm? Or will her efforts be the end of Shizzle, Inc and possibly her life?
"Ana has delivered a fresh and completely novel, pun intended, novel. If you are up for a joy ride with all the bumps, crashes and with the characters running around like something right out of the Keystone Cops, this novel is for you."
"Funny beyond words! Sort of like Forest Gump but with a higher IQ."
"I laughed out loud. The top-notch humor hides poignant critique. This is a very intelligent silly story!"
"Reading this book, I was reminded of happy times watching ‘Hellzapoppin’ Marx Brothers & Stooges films and of reading the classic 1950s MAD magazines; such is the level of cheerfully exuberant wildness, happily hammering away at your sense of logic and drawing you in."
"When I initially finished reading Shizzle Inc, I thought it was a cross between Bridget Jones (minus the romance) and Monty Python (minus the men in drag). However, upon more reflection I believe the better comparison is to the British show, Absolutely Fabulous."
"This is a delightfully funny book. It
reminded me a lot of Dave Barry's "Big Trouble": one ridiculous thing
after another. The writing was crisp and clever and witty."
Average rating from 11 members
Ditzy, naive and fun!
Introducing Isabella Maxwell, freshly graduated from community college and ready for her 15 minutes of fame.
This is a quick and easy read about the adventures of Isa landing, literally, the coveted assistant’s position at Shizzle, Inc. Owned by the egotistical billionaire, Mr Hue. The first couple of chapters are absorbing, then it hit a bit of a plateau of unbelievable events and mind-boggling naivety, but then all of a sudden, stuff started happening and I could not put the book down. Absolutely glad I did not give up and read it to the end.
There is a very definite Bridget Jones vibe which made it a very fun read. Isa is a little bit more than slightly self-obsessed as she thinks everyone around her is in-love with her, except for the the person who obviously is. Her family’s antics also reminded of John ‘Spud’ Milton’s family in the Spud books series by John van de Ruit, loved this series tremendously.
This is a great addition to any chick lit library and I look forward to the next book, Indiot by Ana Spoke.
Yeah - a funny book that you just want to keep reading. I received this free from NetGalley and the author. After reading, I immediately went amazon and bought the sequel - Indiot. Have read both now and await more by this author. Books are interesting and really funny. We all need to laugh and enjoy life, even when its raining crap on us.
Welcome to my most ambiguous book review to date (at least I hope it is). And, why so? you may ask. Because today, your friendly book reviewer will be taking you on a journey of dual personality reviewing. Again, why? you may ask. Because “we” think that you are either going to love this book or hate it. As such, “love” and “hate” will be offering their opinions of Shizzle, Inc.
First, a brief unbiased synopsis: Isabella Maxwell, Isa, has one main goal: to win back Brad, her high school boyfriend. In order to do that, she has to become a celebrity because he said that once he became a football player that he couldn’t date just anyone. It had to be a model or a celebrity. After watching a late-night paid commercial for Shizzle, Inc., in which the CEO, Mr. Hue, says that they are looking to hire a new Shizzle, Inc., assistant, Isa decides this could lead her on the path to celebrity status.
The “Love” reviewer. I needed a break from serious fiction and serious “life.” This book was funny. It was like an Anna Faris movie, but in book form with the crazy dumb blonde getting into all kinds of hijinks. Isa gets herself into incredible situations and by dumb luck manages to get out of them and somehow get out of them and win. She says stupid things and yet is rewarded, but becomes principled. There are lots of laughs and jokes. Shizzle, Inc. is pure escapist fun. It’s launched at a frenetic pace, so hold on. Turn off your brain, read, and enjoy.
“If life really were like a box of chocolates, then every now and then, when you bit into one, there’d be a turd inside.”
The “Hate” reviewer. Do we really need a book in which the heroine is so self-absorbed that she thinks everyone is in love with her when no one is? Or one in which the heroine has seemingly no functioning brain cells? Or one in which the first word a Japanese man says is: “Herro” instead of “hello?”
The book is manic. There are bits in which it seems all of the characters are verging on hysteria and that’s even before the climax.
Authors shouldn’t do all of their research regarding life in the US based on tv. Some states do have drive through liquor stores (for decades and more decades) and brew thrus for that matter. (Yes, thanks to NCIS, people are still converging on Virginia Beach looking for the beautiful cliffs there that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Fail.)
The dialogue is inconsistent. The action is somewhere “southeastern” US with intermittent “y’alls” thrown in. A lot of the jokes are recycled. If you read, watch tv or movies, you’re probably familiar with most of them.
Read this and your IQ may suffer.
The “Ambiguous” reviewer: Want escapism that’s funny? Read it. Know that you will hate anything that’s politically incorrect even if there’s a chance it might be ironic? Don’t read it. Want to laugh about steak tartare even though you know all of the jokes? Read it. Hate vulgar? Don’t read it. Loved Bruce Almighty? Read it. Loved Contact? Don’t read it.
Any more questions? Are we clear?
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review.
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