Mona Mireles is a quintessential overachiever: a former spelling bee champion and valedictorian of her college class.
She’s also broke, unemployed, back at home with her parents, and completely adrift in life and love.
Mona is seven months out of college and desperately trying to reassemble the pieces of her life after the Wall Street job she had waiting for her post-graduation dissolves in the wake of the Great Recession. When her reaction to losing her job goes viral and she is publicly branded the “Sad Millennial,” Mona begins a downward spiral into self-pity, bitterness, and late-night drunken binges on cat videos.
Set in suburban Tucson amid the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, 23-year-old Mona must not only find a job, but quickly learn to navigate the complexities of adult relationships within the black hole of her parents’ shattering marriage.
At her mother’s urging, Mona grudgingly joins a support group for job seekers, and slowly begins to see that all is not lost, and that perhaps losing the job on Wall Street was a blessing in disguise. She might even learn what it is she finds meaningful in life. The question is:
Will she be brave enough to go after it?
𝘍𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨!
What a great debut, a dark, touching, humorous and delightful coming of age story about life, love, work and growth.
I listened to the audio and the narrator was fantastic.
Thank you Libro.fm, Dreamscape Media and Elizabeth Gonzalez James for this ALC.
Read if you like: Coming of age stories, adult fiction, dark humor.