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The Brenda Diaries

Margo Candela ✓ 9 Read

Kiosk gypsy at an upscale mall and suffered as the reluctant muse for a frustrated architect who'd rather write screenplays on company timeOff the clock Brenda's boyfriend and best friend compete for her attention while she spends a little to. Reviewed by Sandra LReview Meet Brenda a temp office assistant living from paycheck to paycheck reflecting on how much work sucks In her diary we get to know all the day to day aspects of her worldI liked Brenda a lot She’s a savvy intelligent woman with strong work ethics but she doesn’t have life uite figured out Who does right Still the girl struck me as someone with a good head on her shoulders At times I suspected that Brenda suffered from a low self esteem Why else would she work at jobs with no possibility of advancement Why else would she “date” a guy and not really care for him It all seems like a waste of time to me Even though I thoroughly enjoyed her no BS views on life I just wished Brenda would’ve spent a little time trying to figure out ways to make herself happy I honestly don’t get why smart girls don’t give themselves the respect they deserve But I must say that even though I didn’t always agree with Brenda’s choices like taking in her promiscuous friend as a roommate she was still a flawed character that most people could relate to I definitely saw parts of me in Brenda I don’t like getting “chummy” with co workers or anyone else for that matter either and the whole clingy touchy feely boyfriend is also a huge turn off for me tooAs stated by the title this book consisted of nothing but diary entries all of which summarize the uick highlights of Brenda’s day At times I found my energies depleted by the mundane aspects of her daily activities; however I managed to be revitalized by Candela’s smart and witty commentaries Fortunately most of the entries were kept short and to the point Sometimes you’ll even find yourself laughing at some of themOverall this book was a colorful rendition of humorous anecdotes about work and life; it really didn’t have a story—well not much anyways This was of a depiction of Brenda’s observations instead of her life which was nothing than job hopping However at one point I wondered if there could be to the character than I originally credited when the temp recruiter said to her “Maybe it’s time you started working toward something” pg 100 I was impressed when at the end Brenda finally embarked on her first step to being a “grown up” even though it was shrouded in mysteryI actually look forward to what becomes of Brenda in this series

characters The Brenda Diaries

Meet Brenda A temp with a bad attitude but an excellent work ethic Working assignments all around Los Angeles Brenda was the official purse holder for a high powered event planner has had an employer ask about her ovulation cycle worked as a. I knew that I would enjoy The Brenda Diaries from the first entry that I read Margo has created a character so real that you swear you just went to lunch with her I really loved all of the tangible ualities of Brenda Not to mention her take no bull attitude and tell it like it is snark As you read The Brenda Diaries you will feel like you are breaking all of the rules of social etiuette by breaking into her diary Now one would think you would feel a little bad but don't worry you won't It is amazing how it grabs you and makes you want to read on but you're afraid of getting caught Reading Brenda's diary was almost as good as when I found my oldest sister Cory's diary I say almost as good only because I was able to use Cory's diary as leverage to get away with some things back in the dayNonetheless Brenda has uite the tale to tell A tale to tell indeed Plus Brenda's gets a lot juicier than reading about new gaucho pants and John what's his name's feathered do I must admit looking back my sister's diary really was lamealthough finding out how the dent got in the car and a little info about some of her friends was pretty darn good info for a 11 year old to hang over her sister's 18 year old headI have no doubt that while you snoop in on Brenda you will have plenty of oh no she didn't laugh out loud seriously Brenda moments

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O much time with guy she met on a job Brenda’s positive she can handle it all but sometimes work and life get to be a bit too much even for someone as organized as BrendaThe Brenda Diaries All the dirty details of Brenda’s not so tidy lif. Total fun but way than that Transported back in time to those carefree years that didn't feel carefree at the time and Brends makes me remember why I enjoyed the format as well was expected all diary entries but pleasantly surprised by the twist on the storytelling I thought it was fresh adn would defininetly recommend


About the Author: Margo Candela

Margo Candela is the author of five novels The Brenda Diaries SugarMissile Oct '11 Good bye To All That Touchstone July '10 More Than This Touchstone Aug '08 Life Over Easy Kensington Oct '07 Underneath It All Kensington Jan '07Margo is currently working on her next novel as well as working on a three book Young Adult series



10 thoughts on “The Brenda Diaries

  1. says:

    Brenda is a professional temp with a terrible attitude She works random assignments in Los Angeles While she remains fairly stoic in each work environment her diary entries reflect her true feelings about her zany employers and about her sort of boyfriend Jared and her sort of roommate Maya As Brenda navigates the post college world of uncertainty readers are privy to her insights about what it is to be smarter than the work you’re being paid for–and how to survive itI first discovered Margo Candela’s Brenda on Twitter where she would post some of her character’s observations I had the chance to get the book for free recently on com and I decided to take a chance on what I thought was an interesting premise Unfortunately the idea behind The Brenda Diaries is much stronger than the executionCandela is an adeuate writer and she’s at her strongest when she lets Margo go about her daily observations Brenda’s voice is authentic to that of a disaffected young twenty something Her voice is consistent throughout the relatively short novel almost of a novella if we want to split hairs She is well developed but the rest of the characters who populate her world are not which is disappointingPart of this is due to the structure of the book which takes place entirely in Brenda’s diary except for the odd choice to add a backlog of tweets at the end Because we view these characters through Brenda’s eyes we are only privy to what she writes about She doesn’t like to get close to people so the reader doesn’t get to either It’s a shame because there was potential to flesh out the characters especially in the case of her boyfriend and roommateDespite being freuently funny and even uite astute in her observations about life as a temp and a fairly attractive female Brenda’s story never uite gets off the ground This is a novel short on plot in the worst way readers will keep waiting for the rising action or any sort of real conflict and they will be disappointed There just isn’t much of one to speak of The entire thing feels underdeveloped which is a shame because Brenda has a great deal of potential as an unlikely heroineIt might work for readers looking for light uick reads The Brenda Diaries is available as an ebook and can be purchased at your preferred ebook vendorThe Brenda Diaries by Margo Candela SugarMissile 2011 Purchased copy


  2. says:

    I knew that I would enjoy The Brenda Diaries from the first entry that I read Margo has created a character so real that you swear you just went to lunch with her I really loved all of the tangible ualities of Brenda Not to mention her take no bull attitude and tell it like it is snark As you read The Brenda Diaries you will feel like you are breaking all of the rules of social etiuette by breaking into her diary Now one would think you would feel a little bad but don't worry you won't It is amazing how it grabs you and makes you want to read on but you're afraid of getting caught Reading Brenda's diary was almost as good as when I found my oldest sister Cory's diary I say almost as good only because I was able to use Cory's diary as leverage to get away with some things back in the dayNonetheless Brenda has uite the tale to tell A tale to tell indeed Plus Brenda's gets a lot juicier than reading about new gaucho pants and John what's his name's feathered do I must admit looking back my sister's diary really was lamealthough finding out how the dent got in the car and a little info about some of her friends was pretty darn good info for a 11 year old to hang over her sister's 18 year old headI have no doubt that while you snoop in on Brenda you will have plenty of oh no she didn't laugh out loud seriously Brenda moments


  3. says:

    What an utterly colossal waste of time No likeable characters little character growth no plot no payoff ultimately AND THEN the author writes this in diary form and the procedes to retell the story in TWITTER format I can only surmise that she wants to contrast the narrators' two selves with the diary self being the true self and TWITTER self being the public snarky one DID NOT WORK MERELY ANNOYING andthis cannot be emphasised too muchA COLOSSAL WASTE OF THE READERS' TIME Also there are holes in her story eg when she talks about the handyman's search for a wife and then all of a sudden he has a wife coming in from foreign parts no hint as to how he met her how they came to be married when it was stated he wasn't married before Not worth the read Not recommending it Not even if one is desperate or stranded on a desert island Write your own book


  4. says:

    I just couldn't get through this book This is one of the most disjointed uneventful books I've ever read The main character is a temp who spends the entirety of the book judging everyone in her diary I can't imagine why anyone would waste their time being around her Although this is supposed to be humorous I just found it terribly unpleasant and totally lacking in plot


  5. says:

    Reviewed by Sandra LReview Meet Brenda a temp office assistant living from paycheck to paycheck reflecting on how much work sucks In her diary we get to know all the day to day aspects of her worldI liked Brenda a lot She’s a savvy intelligent woman with strong work ethics but she doesn’t have life uite figured out Who does right? Still the girl struck me as someone with a good head on her shoulders At times I suspected that Brenda suffered from a low self esteem Why else would she work at jobs with no possibility of advancement? Why else would she “date” a guy and not really care for him? It all seems like a waste of time to me Even though I thoroughly enjoyed her no BS views on life I just wished Brenda would’ve spent a little time trying to figure out ways to make herself happy I honestly don’t get why smart girls don’t give themselves the respect they deserve But I must say that even though I didn’t always agree with Brenda’s choices like taking in her promiscuous friend as a roommate she was still a flawed character that most people could relate to I definitely saw parts of me in Brenda I don’t like getting “chummy” with co workers or anyone else for that matter either and the whole clingy touchy feely boyfriend is also a huge turn off for me tooAs stated by the title this book consisted of nothing but diary entries all of which summarize the uick highlights of Brenda’s day At times I found my energies depleted by the mundane aspects of her daily activities; however I managed to be revitalized by Candela’s smart and witty commentaries Fortunately most of the entries were kept short and to the point Sometimes you’ll even find yourself laughing at some of themOverall this book was a colorful rendition of humorous anecdotes about work and life; it really didn’t have a story—well not much anyways This was of a depiction of Brenda’s observations instead of her life which was nothing than job hopping However at one point I wondered if there could be to the character than I originally credited when the temp recruiter said to her “Maybe it’s time you started working toward something” pg 100 I was impressed when at the end Brenda finally embarked on her first step to being a “grown up” even though it was shrouded in mysteryI actually look forward to what becomes of Brenda in this series


  6. says:

    I received a copy of The Brenda Diaries in exchange for an honest reviewSummaryMeet BrendaA temp with a bad attitude but an excellent work ethic Working assignments all around Los Angeles Brenda was the official purse holder for a high powered event planner has had an employer ask about her ovulation cycle worked as a kiosk gypsy at an upscale mall and suffered as the reluctant muse for a frustrated architect who'd rather write screenplays on company timeOff the clock Brenda's boyfriend and best friend compete for her attention while she spends a little too much time with guy she met on a job Brenda’s positive she can handle it all but sometimes work and life get to be a bit too much even for someone as organized as BrendaThe Brenda Diaries All the dirty details of Brenda’s not so tidy lifeMy ReviewI thought The Brenda Diaries was a witty and sarcastic novel that kept me laughing out loud while reading If you couldn’t guess from the title this book is made up of different diary entries from Brenda and her humor and outlook on life were uite funny Brenda is a total commitment phobe with her boyfriend and especially her jobs and readers get to follow her while she keeps refusing to grow up I really enjoyed this novel It was on the short side and read really fast probably due to the journal entry style and I would recommend if you are looking for a uick bout of funny


  7. says:

    Really divided about this book I loved the character's voice and snarky observationsWhat was hard for me to hook into was there didn't seem to be any purpose or story If I compare say Bridget Jones' Diary that had the bones underneath of being a contemporary knock off of Pride and Prejudice Brenda worked and had funny anecdotes about her weird jobs and co workers but I couldn't figure out what she wanted or cared about or see a story or a character arcI've read another story by this author and plan to read because I like her voice but this hmmm And as another reviewer pointed out having the diary followed by the Twitter stream of all the identical days just chronicled made no sense After a page or two I didn't bother to read that partThis e book seems to be no longer available on where I bought mine so maybe the author is revamping it and the updated version will be different from the one I read


  8. says:

    I didn't like this book at all It only has 106 pages so I though this would be a fast read Well it certainly was not First of all I didn't like the main character Brenda at all Second I felt like there was o story in the book It's called the Brenda Diaries and that's what is is a diary To me it felt like it was just a book with some random notes out of a diary I wouldn't recommend this book


  9. says:

    Total fun but way than that Transported back in time to those carefree years that didn't feel carefree at the time and Brends makes me remember why I enjoyed the format as well was expected all diary entries but pleasantly surprised by the twist on the storytelling I thought it was fresh adn would defininetly recommend


  10. says:

    A funny sarcastic and totally believable novel in diary form about a temp trying to figure out her work life and her love life at the same time The twitter feed BrendaDiaries is hilarious too and well worth following I can’t wait to read the next installment in Brenda’s messy life


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