You Should Smile More

Dreamscape Media. Jan. 2023. 7:44 hrs. ISBN 9781666631746. $59.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
“We don’t like your face.” If it hadn’t happened to her, Vanessa would never have believed you could be fired for having a “resting bitch face.” Armed only with her friends and foster kittens, with some backup from her mom’s brigade of wily bridge players, she launches a revenge plot to take down her eccentric ex-employer. Through amateur espionage and eavesdropping, the quirky crew was aiming for vengeance for Vanessa’s wrongful termination, but instead uncovers a corporate corruption cover-up they never saw coming. Ryan’s debut novel is funny, feel-good relationship fiction. Sprinkled with quotes from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, it reads like a battle plan for the overworked and underappreciated. Narrator Hillary Huber gives a playful performance of the engaging story, with the perfect arc from underdog to empowered. Huber’s portrayal of the likable leading lady and her entertaining entourage yields a laugh-out-loud listening experience.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking offbeat, uplifting friendship fiction with lots of retribution and a little romance. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry, Sophie Kinsella, and Meg Cabot.
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