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The Very Nice Box de Blackett Laura Blackett
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The Very Nice Box (edició 2021)

de Blackett Laura Blackett (Autor), Gleichman Eve Gleichman (Autor)

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Membre:slvanmoer
Títol:The Very Nice Box
Autors:Blackett Laura Blackett (Autor)
Altres autors:Gleichman Eve Gleichman (Autor)
Informació:HMH Books (2021), 368 pages
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  Carolee888 | Aug 24, 2021 |
This dual-author (how do they DO it?) story set in Brooklyn and at STADA, an Ikea-like company, is a glorious mashup of work comedy, romance, and satire, with a smidge of suspense, and it's genius, like The Rosie Project + Then We Came To The End. The narrator, Ava, has survived a major trauma and terrible losses by regimenting her routine and by clinging to her lead designer job for her un-dear life. STADA's founder, a woodworker by trade, is retiring and leaving the company in the hands of Mat, a Wharton double major and a most obnoxious young dudebro. For some reason, though, the charming and handsome new boss seeks Ava out and they fall in love. But when their relationship is discovered, Mat is transferred to the Midwest and Ava's dear friend Jaime pressures her to forget him and start dating again. As the heartbreaking tragedy that shapes Ava's life is revealed, we see how her devotion to creating the company's new hot seller, the aptly-named Very Nice Box (joining other J. Peterman/Ikea-like products as the Peaceful Headphones, the Husky Camping Chair, and the Cozy Nesting Tables) and her rigid routine is preventing her from regaining even a vestige of happiness. Ava shares her angst with and asks advice from the company's online chat therapist, SHRNK, who seems to know and understand her to a remarkable degree. When Mat's substantial flaws are revealed, Ava has to choose between his love and his quirks, such as his devotion to a cult-like men's personal growth group. Every character at STADA is cunningly described, as is the Brooklyn neighborhood where an Antifa-like group called The Vandals is attempting to prevent the construction of a new blindingly tall tower to make the ruinous gentrification cycle complete. This debut novel is a completely joyous and compelling literary event.

Quote: “She had the warmth of disinfectant spray.” ( )
  froxgirl | Aug 9, 2021 |
I really enjoyed reading The Very Nice Box. I have always loved shopping at IKEA, and this story is set in similar company called STADA. It was fun to learn more about the inner working and corporate lifestyle at this imaginary business, and I am now very curious to learn how similar this actually is to IKEA. Either way, it made for a great read.

Main character Ava has suffered some losses in her life, and now focuses mainly on her job at STADA, where she is a product engineer. She enjoys and work, and thinks she is happy. Then an attractive new boss appears, and it seems like we're in for a nice workplace romance. Which we get, for awhile, then suspicious things start happening.

The plot is very well written, and the author is constantly able to surprise the reader when things take a turn beyond what is expected. I was eager to learn what happened to Ada and Matt, as well as what happened with the strange events at STADA. This is one of those books that is hard to put down, since so much is going on.

Ava's character development was great as well. I liked learning about her past and how it shaped who she was today. I also liked watching her grow and change as the story progressed.

Five stars, highly recommended! ( )
1 vota thriftyloco | Jul 12, 2021 |
Ava is an engineer who specializes in designing storage products for STÄDA, which is parallel universe IKEA. They sell mostly furniture with satirically agreeable names like "Dependable Drying Rack" and "Appealing Dining Table." The title of this book is also Ava's current project, and on the anniversary of her 10th year working for STÄDA, her boss steps down and she draws the attention of the young man hired in his place...

I was convinced that I knew where this book was going for the first half, then was persuaded completely that no, I was wrong... only to be proven right in the end. But I was so thoroughly thrown off by what I perceived as the plot subverting my expectations that when the story...unsubverted itself, I was kind of relieved, but not all that surprised or excited. I don't know if I would call the book predictable, but there were some red flags that I should've known wouldn't just be ignored, especially considering the book description..

What else...? For the most part the writing was straightforward and without fluff. I didn't find much particularly funny, but I thought the same about Elinor Oliphant, so it may just be my sense of humor. I thought it was incredibly effective at portraying grief, though. I even got a bit emotional during the flashbacks of Ava in the hospital. Also, the fact that Ava compartmentalizes that grief for years worked thematically well with her profession and I do love that kind of thing.

There was some corporate satire but not enough, in my opinion, and I think more could have been done with the box motif as well. There was also one particular plot convenience near the end that irritated me... I did like it, overall, though.

*I read this via NetGalley ( )
  alliepascal | Jul 5, 2021 |
"The Very Nice Box" tells the story of Ava, a woman dealing with significant grief who works as an engineer at an IKEA-like company (STADA). First off, Ava's character is incredibly well-drawn and detailed. The reader will gradually get to know her as the story progresses...everything from her back story to her current life to her various quirks and character traits. She feels very much like a real person, and becomes more and more endearing as the story unfolds.

The actual story is also excellent. Ava's world is populated primarily by co-workers and her beloved dog Brutus. With the introduction of a new boss, the authors successfully wreck havoc with Ava's carefully structured life. In addition to personal drama, STADA itself is having issues, as a group of protestors is trying to halt progress on a new building. I felt like I was "with" Ava every step of the way as her relationships change and she works through past issues and deals with present changes. All along, I was invested in her happiness, and found I really cared about what happened to her.

The jacket cover promises a surprise, so I was trying to figure out what it was as I was reading. I was right about part of it, but I didn't see other parts of it coming. I highly recommend this book....for the great character portrait, for the action, and for the fun of trying to figure out the twist.

Five out of five scrumptious chunks of pepper jack! ( )
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