- Publisher: FreeLynx Books; 1st edition (May 15, 2021)
- Publication date: May 15, 2021
- Language: English
- Print length: 223 pages
Having reached 34, Angelique Santoro finds herself feeling trapped and deeply unhappy within the constraints of traditional relationships. Uneasy to perform the role of life partner or girlfriend in the way society has designed for all women. Finally, she takes the courage to break free and becomes single for the first time in 15 years. Breaking away from the ties that bind us. Breaking away from the fear of being alone and lonely to become what she was always meant to be.
Diary of a contemporary woman follows Angelique in her new life, her adventures. Utterly compelling, beautiful, honest and bold. Angelique will have you laughing and crying at the same time, willing her on to find happiness and that rare calm within.
Diary of a Contemporary Woman by Lucy Pussett, as the name suggests, is a diary of a young woman who is on her way to find herself and become one with it. It’s a story of 34-year-old Angelique who grew up with repressed emotions and as a victim of transphobia. The negative experiences go on to shape her life. However, with time, she ends up discovering her true self to set herself free and happy.
The book essentially follows Angelique and her years growing up in Brighton, England. It captures her difficult relationships, her tough times dealing with emotions, her encounters with people, and ultimately, her authentic self. I love her character because she represents a strong-headed woman. And, I always look forward to reading about fierce and beautiful women. Besides this, all other characters get ample space in the story to contribute and mark their presence. They are well-sketched and real humans, with real flaws. The equations between different characters are realistic and rooted in contemporary dramatic relationships.
Through sex, Angelique expresses herself. Yes, she is a bisexual and it takes time for her to fully accept it, without having to hide it or feel bad about it. There is an explicit discussion of sex and therefore, anybody not interested in erotica shouldn’t be reading it. However, the latter half of the book brings in different energy. As Angelique makes her way through her family issues, vulnerabilities, and family values, we get to see a different side of her.
In all, the book does a good job of entertaining the readers. With lucid narration and a contemporary setting, it is sure to keep one engaged. If the premise sounds good, and you do have an open mind, you might give it a shot.