Great News! Temp Girl is another daily serial novel by Stephanie Bond. An earlier serial novel, Coma Girl put this author at the top of my TBR file every time I receive an alert of her latest publication. This has got to be interesting to bloggers who try to post meaningful or interesting stuff daily. I liked her comment asking for a bit of tolerance for minor typos because she was going from daily creative production to publication. For the intolerant, she offered an email address where a reader can deposit feelings of discomfort. It looks like we can look forward to a six-part story. Join the fun and let’s see how December awards satisfactory conclusions to characters who have been good. I am sure even characters who have been naughty will find some redemption.
As this is a serial novel, I don’t expect surprises and twists arriving with the crescendo of the 1812 overture, but there are (and will be) surprises. Since the date of this review is 20 July and I am already ahead of the game by having read 31 July, I will be particularly careful to avoid spoilers.
Just a quick note about the cover. I think for e-book readers the cover often gets overlooked. We just swipe left to get to the story. For this novel, I liked the tagline on the cover “Change is good … but not great.” I feel clever taglines like this go unappreciated. The really clever ones retain their applicability throughout the read. After lots of twists and turns the reader can reflect back and say “That’s right!” If things go along the line of Coma Girl, titles and cover pages may not change too much except for the addition of Part 2 … and so on. This selection could have been titled “The Making of Temp Girl,” but it wasn’t. Still, you get the idea. The reader will learn how protagonist Della Culpepper became a person seeking temporary employment.
We begin with a very successful Della Culpepper. She “has it all,” money, great apartment, a sexy, hot look, and a great future. True, she was forced to work for it because she had grown up as close as possible to the subculture known as “trailer trash.” None of her current trendy friends knew about her past. Neither did her boyfriend, a wealthy patrician doctor from a long line of wealthy ancestors. And they didn’t need to know. As far as Della was concerned, what you see is what you get and questions are not appreciated, thank you very much. Della never actually said thank you. From the beginning of the story, Della is quite unlikeable. At the end of this Part One, she is still unlikeable (not a spoiler) but her abrasiveness has become a bit attenuated by the pity that the reader begins to feel as Della’s fall from the heights gathers speed.
Part One is a story of the attempts Della makes to keep up appearances. As much as she might like to, she cannot continue in a world that follows her desires and rules. Her life has an impact on those around her. They have expectations. Rich boyfriend doctor Kyle will want to meet her family. How will Della explain mom’s redneck boyfriend? Personal assistant Anthony will have to be paid someday. How will Della explain she can no longer afford a personal assistant? Her high-priced apartment comes with a nearby parking slot. She probably won’t need it after she lost the car. How did that happen?
If there is anything that might be considered a spoiler in this part of the serial novel, it is in the behavior of Joon-woo, Della’s maid. This is the fun part and should lead the reader to pre-order Part Two. I just did that immediately after finishing Part One.