Book Review: What Nora Knew

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin Book Review

Over the weekend, I snuggled in bed with What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin. Reading the novel was like settling down with a good friend. All I needed was a glass of wine to make it a girl’s night in. If you’ve ever seen any of Nora Ephron’s movies, you’ll love this book.

Thirty-nine year old Molly Hallberg is a divorced writer living in New York City. Thanks to the Gawker-type website that she works for, she’s sent out on wacky assignments (vibrator testing, anyone?). Her editor assigns Molly a seemingly impossible article: write about romance and true love in the style of Nora Ephron.  Due to her divorce from a divorce lawyer, Molly is a cynic when it comes to such matters. This obviously makes it hard to research a story about love. However, will Molly allow herself to see the blossoming love right in front of her? Or will she miss her chance at true love?

Molly is funny. Not only is she funny, but she’s witty and sarcastic. I caught myself laughing out loud in my quiet sleepy home. Her banter with her love interest was smart and entertaining. I could imagine the zings she shot at him. Her best friends were almost as entertaining as Molly. As someone who’s is addicted to Twitter, Angela cracked me up. She was always attempting to find creative ways to tweet sales (under a false identity) for her grocery store client.

If you’ve seen Ephron’s romantic comedies such as Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, you’ll have fun picking out all the movie references.  I won’t spoil them for you.

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin was a fun, easy read and perfect for spring break or beach reading.

I received a review copy of the book. This post contains affiliate links.

  1. April 25, 2014
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