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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Unpredictable! Absolutely loved it!

    "Good-bye To All That" was my introduction to author Margo Candela and I must say, I am hooked! I really enjoyed my introduction to her writing. I really liked the main character, Raquel Azorian, she really is a quite likable character. Raquel is a very hard working woman, trying to make her way up the corporate ladder in a cut-throat industry. She plays by all the rules, written and implied. She does it all. She's a shoe-in for the promotion she's been eyeing. Who would have thought things would have gone the way they did. Even when her world started to unravel, she was doing all she could to hold it all together without breaking a sweat.

    Raquel's work life is pretty much her only life. Her family life, well...I think her work life is her only salvation from that craziness. Her family absolutely cracked me up. As crazy as they were, they seemed all too normal for this day and age. A constantly complaining mother, a retired father who finds other things to do so he doesn't have to deal with the constantly complaining mother. A brother trying to do the right thing by the now wife that he 'knocked up'. Raquel and her 'non-life, life' become somewhat of a distraction for her family and their daily dysfunction, especially so for her mother and June Cleaver wanna-be sister-in-law. Raquel is too busy hanging on to her career and any hopes of her promotion to deal with her family's domestic drama. I really like how they all kept her in the epicenter of it all and she did everything and nothing at the same time to keep them all happy.

    The way things went for Raquel at Belmore I NEVER would have predicted. Believe me...I tried! I thought I had the story nailed as soon as Bert began his little breakdown. Boy was I wrong! I never, ever would have predicted the outcome that Margo Candela so brilliantly wrote! Each character was so easy to envision for me. Who hasn't worked with a jerk like Randi Fuller? Oh my word, I wanted to punch him every time he came into a scene. I really didn't know who Raquel should trust as things started to get complicated for her at Belmore. I began to wonder if Kyle was setting her up or if Frappa was maybe stabbing her in the back. I knew that Randy Fuller was out to get her and get her bad, but I had my suspicions that there might be others. I was so relieved that what I had thought I had predicted turned out to be so far from what actually happened!

    I can't wait to see if Margo will continue with Raquel's story! I can totally see a bright future for Raquel and would absolutely love it if she encounters some of her Belmore pals along her way up! I have already conjured up scenes with Raquel and Kyle...we all know his marriage is a sham anyway! Wouldn't it be great to see Randy and Raquel cross paths again. Let's certainly not forget Bert, Matthias and Rory!

    "Good-bye To All That" was a wonderful read. A refreshing break from predictable, standard modern women's fiction. I highly recommend you grab a copy, get cozy and let "Good-bye To All That" take you out west to get lost in the inner workings of Hollywood and all the good juicy things you don't find on gossip TV!

    "Good-bye To All That" is a great book for book clubs to enjoy together, it will certainly leave you all with more than enough to talk about. I have to be upfront and say that due to some language and sexual content, I do not recommend this book for teens or those

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    This aint no fairy tale...

    The book was hilarious. Leading character Raquel is alternatively self-deprecating and snarky, running down her employer's stuffy corporate system but successfully playing by the rules nonetheless. If you have actually lived in LA and worked in a place like that you'll know that however over-the-top some of these scenes are they absolutely happen in real life. A fun little romp!

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