My Life on Craigslist

My Life on Craigslist


Fiction - Humor/Comedy
214 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2013
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Author Biography

Alexandra Ares was born in Bucharest, Romania and reborn in New York, NY in 1998 where she still lives as a single woman. She is the award-winning author of the novels “My Life on Craigslist”, “The Other Girl” and “Dream Junkies”, and the founder of the website Manhattan Chronicles. Alexandra is also a budding playwright and screenwriter, holds a Ph.D. in American Dramatic Literature in the last 30 years, and used to work as a theater critic for television and as a TV documentary producer and director. In all, Alexandra published 8 books in two languages, English and Romanian. Her novels have been translated in Romania where they hit the best seller lists and she was featured in Elle, Elle Book Club, Cosmopolitan and all the major glossy magazines and national newspapers. Her character driven novels are entertaining and thought-provoking. Her heroes are quirky, original misfits who question the status quo of pretty much everything. Ares deals with serious issues ---like estrangement, survival, reinvention, and fighting conformity---in a light hearted way.

Awards:
Finalist of Best Books USA - My Life on Craigslist, 2011
Finalist of Book of the Year 2012, from ForeWord Reviews - Dream Junkies
Winner of the Best indie Novella Award 2012 (Next Generation Indie Awards) for The Other Girl

Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

"My Life on Craigslist" by Alexandra Ares is a fun read for those stuck in young adulthood in a place which appears unwelcoming and unmotivated to offer assistance on how to begin to move responsibly through life. 25 year old Emily Thompson is living in a small apartment in New York's East Village. Having recently lost her job in an art gallery, she has no way to support her meager needs. Having tried conventional means of obtaining a job, she turns in desperation to becoming an escort. It seems to be a well-paid and easy job, but Emily soon discovers that most of life is not as it seems. She looks for love in all the wrong places and for some time the reader wonders if the woman will ever learn to make appropriate choices. Her choices are those available via Craigslist on the internet and it seems to take the young woman a long time to understand that other choices may exist, choices which would move her to a more mature outlook in life. But, along the way, the reader is treated to fun times, questionable choices and the hard knocks that come with those choices.

Ares is a budding author who has a knack for highlighting the neurotic, maladaptive and vulnerable people in New York's vast cavern of possible characters. Emily is a lovable character in that she appears to learn from her own choices and she begins to move toward promise rather than despair and a sense of helplessness. Many young adults will relate to her needs for freedom which are competing with the need for safety and comfort.

dino Grig

Five stars.THE MIRROR OF AMERICA TODAY.

Corina

This is an amayzing book.