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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Better Choices by Elle Nora is a bitter-sweet look into the life of Joya Alexander, an up and coming information technician at a prominent law firm in Washington DC. She knows her job and she does it well. She has great friends and family. Yet, her love life is full of messes, better known as “mis(es)” - mistakes, misdirections, mishaps, miscarriages... the list goes on and on. Joya has an ability to choose unwisely when it comes to men. She realizes jerks come in all sizes, status, ages and flavors. Therefore, she throws herself into her career, and rapidly climbs the ladder to the top. Owning her own business, she remains unable to own her own life - men keep sabotaging her efforts. Through the help of close friends, and her own self realization, Joya is able to discover the truth. And oh boy, does the truth set her free! Let’s just say one email can make a difference in the world. Remember ladies: find a man who will whisper a prayer for you, not prey on you.
Elle Nora portrays the life of an ordinary woman in a uniquely transparent manner in Better Choices. Nora writes believable characters. The heroine could be your neighbor, your sister or you (if you are a woman). She does not paint the best picture of men, however. Oh, they are attractive and masculine, but are depicted as equally cunning and disgusting. This portrayal is because the heroine makes really bad choices. Therefore, the title of the book is most fitting. The narrative is written simply, and in third person. The story is told from a bird's eye point of view. As an outsider looking in, you are able to see the plot unfold and hear the thoughts of the characters. Those written thoughts are priceless insights hidden within the dialogues. As a woman, I have to be honest, there were moments I was so frustrated with the heroine that I wanted to jump inside the pages and shake her into reality. But, like a good friend, I stuck it out, to the “oh, so sweet end.” I absolutely adored the conclusion.