Friday, August 14, 2009

Review: Sugar Time by Jane Adams

I just finished Sugar Time by Jane Adams this afternoon. Truthfully, it was not my thing. The book's main character, Sugar Kane, is a sassy, spry, Jewish firecracker from New York who is a Television writer/producer. Now, just using the word "spry" should tell you that this lady has been around the block a few times, dropping names from the movie business, the television business, and even publishing. She is trying to get a new television series picked up, is awaiting the birth of her first grandchild, and thinks she finally met the man of her dreams. All the makings of a great character are there, I just felt the storyline fell flat. Call me a prude, but the language was a little too crass for my taste, as were the sex scenes. Hey, but that's just me. All in all, it was just an ok book.

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Miss Remmers said...

I wasn't a big fan of this book either. "Crass" is a good word.

Anonymous said...

i disagree. i loved this book, especially what she had to say about how a woman's priorities shift as she gets older. the descriptions of sugar's family, friend and work were fascinating to me and i found it pretty classy, not crass.

Alison (Alison's Book Marks) said...

Thanks for weighing in!

I enjoyed reading about Sugar's quest to get her new tv series together (I'm fascinated by anything having to do with the entertainment business) but, as I said, the storyline fell flat for me.

While I enjoyed Sugar, I don't think classy is a word I would use to describe her. She had the mouth of a truck driver, she had no filter when dealing with other people (her mouth seemed to get her into trouble unless someone else was there to steer her out of the room), and she was New York tough. This was part of her character, neither right nor wrong, but not "classy".

I also didn't get the impression that Sugar's priorities shifted as she got older. I don't think that lightbulb came on until the very last chapter of the book. She faught her aging tooth and nail throughout her book, and that denial put her own health at risk. Sugar's priorities were exactly where they had been for the last 20 years. Only until the very end, when it seemed like the choice was made for her, did she walk out on her career and pay attention to her personal life. I actually wish she had been at the top of her game when she left...not someone was was being elbowed out of her own project. I don't believe she walked out with her pride in tact, and I actually that was inconsistent with her character. I dont' expect hearts and flowers in the books I read, don't get me wrong, but I do expect some consistency. All the ingredients were there for a great book, but for me, this was just a good book.

There are plenty of books that I read that I love that other people don't like and vice versa. I'm open to all opinions, and appreciate your post!

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