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Coached by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Published by Holly Tierney-Bedord on July 19, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, New Adult
Narrator: Julie Kelly
Length: 5 hours 23 minutes
Rowen "Ro Ro" Walverstein is ready to reinvent herself. She had high hopes for her twenties, but now, three years in, nothing is turning out like she imagined. From her frumpy wardrobe and dead end job to her boring social life, each day is a letdown. When her boyfriend Sherman leaves her, Ro Ro decides it's time to take action and turn her life around.
She hires a tough-love life coach named Crystal Class to get her back on track. Crystal is older, wiser, and very pulled together. She's also a little bit unorthodox in her teaching methods. If Ro Ro can survive Crystal's extreme tactics, there's a good chance she could find herself standing on top of that elusive golden mountain of evolutionaryness that Crystal keeps telling her about. But getting up is not going to be easy.
Well I’m not sure where to start with this review. I’ve been waffling between three and four stars since I listened to Coached by Holly Tierney-Bedord (I settled on four. I don’t do half stars). Rowen “Ro Ro” is, simply put, an airhead. Oblivious to most of what is going on around her, gets dumped by her “boyfriend” (I put that in quotes because I’m not sure if they really were dating or it was all in her head…maybe I just don’t remember.), gets fired from her job and isn’t sure why…
While the format of Ro Ro narrating her life via internal monologue and journal entries, almost listening to someone tell their daily story (or overhearing it while people watching), was interesting, I kept questioning whether people were really like this character. Then I’d remember someone I’d met in the past that was like this. People really are oblivious to things like Ro Ro is in her life. And they just. don’t. get it. Then I’d laugh and shake my head in disbelief. Kudos to Holly for creating a character so unbelievable, yet so uncomfortably realistic. And the narrator, Julie Kelly, did a great job bringing Ro Ro to life with the valley girl-esque voice.