Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Book Review: 'Remember, no matter what; Chin UP, Tits Out' by Miranda Oh

Chick Lit by Miranda Oh

A taste of ‘Kizmit’

Author Miranda Oh lives in the corporate world – with escape hatches available as a storyteller treasured by her friends and family. She loves life and it shows in her writing. REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT is her first volume of a Chick Lit series she titles CHIN UP, TITS OUT – a series that is bound to find admirers who follow the Chick Lit genre.

Miranda writes well, able to create an atmosphere of contemporary real time inextricably bonded to the spectrum of love – both found and longed for – and related with a naughty verbiage that is so appropriate to the story she creates. She has sculpted a unique central character in Hadley Hope McLeary, a girl who seems strangely familiar to the readers without being a stereotype. 

Teasing the reader with a tidbit of tale before the book opens, Miranda writes, ‘I woke up one morning to some noise outside our tent, and Riaan’s arms wrapped tightly around me. I didn’t really want to move much, but at the same time I didn’t want someone stealing all our stuff. So I grabbed my camera and turned it on. If someone was going to kill me, or kidnap me I wanted to leave photographic evidence of who it was. I slowly unzipped the tent, and stuck my camera outside in the direction of where I thought I hear the noise coming from. I started to snap photos and then I retracted my arm to review the photos I took. Monkeys elbow deep in our cooler of food.’ Spunky, funny, and a glimpse at the flavors to come.

In a dark prologue that follows the above there is a different aspect of heroine Hadley – a girl in distress, not with invading monkeys, but with facing some realities of fear – and family interference – of an expected visitor, as Hadley introduces herself and her condition to the reader. Once dispersed, the flavor of the novel is scented: ‘I met Riaan for the very first time at a fair in Winnipeg that visited every summer. I look back often and wonder if it were too much too soon, or if there was anything I could have done to control the way things turned out.’ And we’re off on a survey of a first love experience.

Miranda provides a quick glimpse of the plot ‘18 year old Hadley has led a charmed life, always knowing exactly what she wanted from it. She’d had her life distinctly mapped out in her head for as long as she remembered, but a chance meeting sends her into a tailspin...albeit a sensationally delicious one. As she travels halfway across the world to fight for what’s hers, she stumbles time after time. It's a journey of love, tears and learning; as she fights and attempts to overcome multiple hurdles standing in her way.’ 

This is a pocketbook of ideas about coming of age in the romance arena, frustrations and highs, contemporary foibles and paraphernalia, immigration issues, and much more – all condensed into a short Chick Lit format. Miranda Oh has a style that should tempt lovers of this genre. A fine first outing…!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.