The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan by Whitney Dineen
The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan by Whitney Dineen follows title character, Mimi Finnegan, the third of four daughters, who feels the most unremarkable, as all of her sisters are gorgeous and wildly successful. When they team up to find Mimi a boyfriend that’s actually husband material, it begins a wild journey of self-discovery for Mimi.
I’m not usually into these self-discovery stories, but Mimi’s sense of humor, while often self-depricating, won me over. It took a couple chapters, but once I got into it, I had a hard time putting this novel down. I actually read it over the course of a day.
Mimi has a lot of self-confidence issues, which is something everyone can relate to, and with a family like hers, she’s developed unhealthy coping habits as well. I have to applaud the author on showcasing Mimi’s weight and eating issues, portraying them realistically but with a dash of Mimi’s humor. I cheered Mimi on once she started making changes, though I wonder if they weren’t for all the right reasons.
The secondary characters are vivid, funny and flawed, that is to say, very real. The Finnegans could be any family in America, and the scenes between the Finnegan sisters often had me thinking of the relationship I have with my own sisters. The friendships Mimi forms throughout the book are also solid, something I really appreciated.
There is a romantic aspect to this novel, a client Mimi works with. The chemistry between these two is off the charts, but lines were crossed that soured me on the relationship for the rest of the book. Some things in my mind, can’t be forgiven.
The writing was good, and I enjoyed all the characters and relationships to Mimi except for one. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.
My Rating: 4.3/5
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