Friday, December 9, 2011

On Tour: Recession Proof by Kimberly Lin

"Sometimes going after what you want is the hardest thing you will ever do... 

Meet Helen. Smart, successful and obliviously trapped. For the past six years, Helen has given her life and her heart to her cushy corporate finance job and to Mark without question. 

However as the Recession sweeps the Nation, she is one of many left unemployed and with the burning question of what does she really want in life. 

RECESSION PROOF is a debut novel for anyone that has settled in their career and relationship but has discovered that what really matters in life is living it... " ~~synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts on Recession Proof ~~

First of all, let me say that I am thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Recession Proof. The rest of the stops are listed on the tour page over at Chick Lit Plus. 

This story is about Helen's struggle over what she knows she 'should' do and what she wants to do, to be happy. I imagine that a lot of us struggle with a similar dilemma every day. When Helen loses her job, she has the perfect opportunity to remake her life, as well as having a great friend who is there for her and the resources to be able to take the time to 'figure it out'.

I marked a couple of great lines in the book that I want to share. 

'My idea of a good time was always curling up with a book at a local coffee shop. What can I say? I committed to being a literary nerd.'

~~ Don't you just love that? And yes, I too am a literary nerd, or as some members of my family call some of the other members of my family - 'library nerds'. Personally, I don't see a darn thing wrong with that!!

'White is like a non-color. It's for people who don't know what they want.'

I think this is a very insightful comment. I'm not sure if it's true or not but it is very interesting to think about. I felt like white was maybe where Helen was at, at the beginning of the story.

But she does respond to this comment by saying 'I think it's the color of possibility or a clean slate.' That's a smart woman!

I really enjoyed reading Recession Proof. It is very well written and had great characters. Ms. Lin's writing made me feel like I knew Helen, Sophie, Mark, Nate. I became immersed in their lives and really came to care about how their lives turned out.

And I am wondering if this book just might be a little bit autobiographical. Ms. Lin started out in the financial world and then became a writer. Hmmm, maybe?  

Introducing "Recession Proof" from Kimberly Lin on Vimeo.
Kimberly Lin is a California native, graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Economics. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a financial writer and hedge fund analyst but always dreamed of becoming a women's fiction author. Utilizing her experiences, she writes stories that are witty, heartwarming and relatable to the modern woman. 

  I received a copy of Recession Proof for this 
 CLP Blog Tour in exchange for my honest opinion. 



  1. Hi Susan,

    Thanks so much for your kind words!!

    Love the review and I'm glad you liked the book. And yes, I think all debut novels are somewhat autobiographical, even if we say it's not. You write what you know!

    Kimberly S. Lin

  2. Great way to start the tour Susan! I know my debut novel is big autobiographical as well...little parts of course :)

  3. Thank you so much for your review on Amazon. I truly from the bottom of my heart APPRECIATE IT!


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