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Something to talk about | Meryl Wisner

INFO

Title: Something to talk about
Author: Meryl Wilsner 
Series:
Genre:
Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
TW: sexual harassment

SYNOPSIS

A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time–threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?

REVIEW

I’m writing this from my phone because I’m too lazy to move half a meter towards my computer. Why haven’t I found a job yet? It’s a mystery.

I read this book for my sapphic gc/book club in Twitter. I’m not sure when we’re going to discuss it so I’ll go ahead and write the review already. But first I have a few complaints. Why I can’t justify the text as a whole. No, I don’t want to justify each paragraph separately. I like my text justified. And the second complain I have is how hard it is to include an HTML element in it’s own in the posts. Really, I just want a pink border I’m not asking for that much. (It wasn’t that hard, I just don’t like WordPress).

Something to talk about is a F/F romance that follows Jo, an actress turned screenwriter, and Emma, her personal assistant. When she ask her to be her date at the SAG, everyone starts speculating about their −inexistent− relationship. Or is there something?

I want to say that I’m not normally a fan of relationships with age gaps or power imbalances, and this book has both. Emma works for Jo, who is fourteen years older than her.

I think I would feel different if Emma was younger, but giving she’s almost thirty, it didn’t felt so wrong to picture her in a relationship with a forty-one year old. And I really appreciated that everything I mentioned was thoughtfully discussed in the book and not brushed apart.

I also appreciated how well researched everything seemed to be, and how every topic that needed to be surrounded by a conversation wasn’t glossed over. The book is a cute romance, an slow burn one at that, but it also talks about women in Hollywood, about sexism and racism in the industry and how to help those that are just starting without monopolizing their careers or putting them into the spotlight if they’re not comfortable with that.

The relationship was, as I said, cute. There were a lot of inner monologues and a lot of freaking-out-to-my-best-friend that made it more realistic. As a relationship, I liked how comfortable they were around each other from the start, even if they had their ups and their downs.

Both Emma and Jo had their own POV, although sometimes it felt like you were getting to know one better than the other. Emma is hardworking, cares a lot about everything and can seem naive at times. Jo puts on a tough front until you get to know more about her. The secondary characters were few and not really developed unless it helped to further the plot, but I think that’s normal.

All in all it was an enjoyable slow-burn romance with an interesting setting that makes for a good afternoon, but not a memorable read.

2 Comments

  • NeriSiren

    This sounds lovely! I’m glad they address the potentially problematic elements. Honestly, when I was in my late twenties, I had a huge crush on someone in her forties. We were on the same level, power-wise, but she definitely thought of me as just a friend. I think this book might bring back some fun memories ☺️

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