Friday, August 6, 2021

Review: Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel

Delia Suits Up
by Amanda Aksel

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  If you had one day to rewrite the rules you live by, would you? Delia Reese takes the financial world by storm in this breakout novel that’s 13 Going on 30 meets She’s the Man.

Just once, Delia Reese wants to be the one calling the shots—not the one waiting to be called. Despite her stellar resume, hiring managers at the big banks won’t give her a chance.

Following yet another failed interview, Delia commiserates with her roommates and drunkenly finds herself wishing she had the advantages that come with being a man. If society wasn’t locked into gender roles, she’d be climbing the corporate ladder in designer heels with no apologies. By morning, her mirror reflects a surprising makeover.

Now that the world sees her as a man, Delia’s determined to double down on society’s double standards. With a smart suit and powerfully pink necktie, she hits New York’s financial district with a big gamble in mind.

Kritters Thoughts:  Delia Reese has been working in the financial industry and women are just not a large part of the workforce and especially in higher positions.  As the company that she worked for was bought by another and she was without a job, Delia is having a hard time finding a new job and she thinks it is because of her gender and on the eve of her birthday she wishes for a big change.  

While the concept of this book was intriguing and I was excited to read it, for some reason this one just didn't work for me and it may be minor, but it was distracting.  The entire time I was reading this book I was so bothered as it is 2021 and I just couldn't imagine that the feeling of a woman in an executive position at a financial company was still taboo.  The way that Delia described the atmosphere for me felt like it was years ago and I think if the book had been set a few years ago for me it would have worked better - minor but distracting while reading.

The thing that made me giggle and keep reading was being inside the mind of a woman in the body of a man.  The experiences she was having as she was experiencing the anatomy and other's response to her as a man was so interesting.  I enjoyed her narration as she made some errors in responding more in a female way and how other's reacted - gender norms are a thing!  

I would be interested in trying more from this author, but will definitely read the synopsis before I dive in, so I know that I would be on board for the journey.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 95 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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