Our summer reading series begins with…Annie Begins

AnnieBeginsEditor’s Note: Annie Begins, a novel by Michelle Toth, kicks off our summer reading series, and WAF reader Traci Delisser reviews the book and shares how she relates to a certain character who lives life, without apologies, on her own terms…

Annie Begins – Reviewed by Traci Delisser

I read a lot and usually I am dying for my lunch breaks and daily train rides to pull out my book of the day and find out what happens next. With this book, not so much! It was highly predictable with the typical girl (Annie) who likes an “unavailable” guy, who in turn likes her only as a friend; while his not so refined friend becomes her rock. There were no surprises.

That said; Annie was very relatable: a giver who is always taking care of others, a bit embarrassed by her working class family, unsuccessful in love, crushing on the wrong guy and a smart professional doing great work for little and inadequate compensation. Annie could easily be me. You cannot help but cheer when she stands up for herself, turns a rejected idea into a business and finally recognizes the jewel under the mullet hair.

Annie’s young sick cousin, April, however is why I like this book. She is a strong, wise old soul who reminded me throughout that there is nothing greater than family, embracing love and being open and available to the possibilities.

The other star of the book is Anne’s roommate, Elk with her strong sense of self, confidence and candor. She embodies the lesson I am now learning in my life – Live your life on your terms and don’t apologize for doing so.

Traci Delisser is a proud Jamaican now living in the City of Brotherly Love. An attorney in a previous life, Traci now works in real estate finance and is now searching for her next career for her 40s. Her favorite quote is “People treat you how you allow them to treat you”.

You can pick up a copy of Michelle Toth’s Annie Begins on Amazon.

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  • Traci,
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and candid review of Annie Begins! (It just popped up in my Google Alerts.) I am always so interested in which characters readers can relate to. I have a special fondness for April and Elke, too, and had imagined that April might grow up to be like Elke. So, I just wanted to say thanks and that I appreciate hearing your perspective.
    All best, Michelle Toth  

  • Thanks Michelle for taking the time out to read my review. By the way, I see another book with Elke at the center of it :-). She would be such an interesting and complex character.