Book Mini-Review: Shopgirl by Steve Martin
I picked up Shopgirl from our library’s book sale a few months ago. I knew this was a movie with Claire Danes, but I wanted to read the book first. And yes, this is written by that Steve Martin. But here’s the thing, I think Steve Martin should stick to comedy. This just wasn’t my cup of tea. Shopgirl follows Mirabelle, the glove salesgirl at Neiman’s, and her relationship with Ray Porter, a prominent businessman who is nearly twice her age.
When we first meet Mirabelle, she suffers from depression and goes out on a few dates with Jeremy. She doesn’t really like Jeremy, but he’s around, so she continues to see him. But when Ray Porter enters her life, she is smitten. But their relationship is more complicated than it looks from the outside. Ray is looking to have a no-strings-attached sexual relationship with Mirabelle, while Mirabelle is looking for a caring and loving relationship. Pretty soon, Ray pays for Mirabelle’s new car and pays off her student loans and credit card debt.
I just didn’t really like the characterization of either Ray or Mirabelle. I don’t necessarily need likable characters, but I do need to care about what happens to them. But I just didn’t care about either of them. I love Steve Martin as an actor, but I think this will be the last time I read anything Martin has written. I give it 2 stars.