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Not Dressed

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Not Dressed has three main characters that I couldn't find myself rooting for, but their story grabbed me and I couldn't put it down.

Synopsis

A romantic comedy of how love goes wrong—and right—when you’re a twenty-something still figuring out how to adult.

Jake, an architectural designer pushing thirty, is stuck in a job he hates. He’s spent the last two years overworked and underpaid in the dark basement of Burnham & Modine. He and his coworkers get through the day pulling pranks and gambling on how long interns will last.

Lindsay loves her job as the producer for a talk radio show. But her new timeslot means she and Jake are now working different hours. Worse, she expects Jake to teach her what he learns in a ballroom dancing class she can no longer attend. Already hurt by Lindsay's prioritization of her career over their relationship, Jake feels betrayed when he accidentally discovers that to help pay the bills she's been moonlighting—as a nude model.

Kaylee is Jake’s new partner at dance class. She’s a cute and free-spirited Trekkie geek who's trying to figure her life out after going from high school valedictorian to college dropout. Soon Jake and Kaylee are spending more time together off the dance floor than on it … and the state of being ‘not dressed’ just might be contagious.

Not Dressed is a romantic comedy with 45 chapters split into 3 parts. Our main character and narrator is Jake, who hates his job and is currently living with his girlfriend Lindsay who loves her job. Like, a lot. The book begins with Jake claiming he will not be at this new job for more than 6 months, and then jumps to two years later – and he is still stuck. Lindsay comes off to me as absolutely insufferable and almost immediately I wonder why Jake is still with her. Jake's sister is getting married soon so Lindsay signs them up for dancing lessons without telling Jake until after he reluctantly agrees to go along with her plan. Then Lindsay's talk radio show gets bumped to the evening time slot meaning that she won't be able to attend the dance lessons. Rather than cancel them, she suggests Jake go on his own and teach her what he has learned on the weekends. Somehow, Jake agrees.  


Jake goes to the dance lessons and thinks he is going to be stuck being paired with the teacher, but it turns out that there is another student who is solo and just happens to be a female, so of course they pair up. Kaylee is a Trekkie and geeky fangirl to the extreme and she doesn't know when to shut up. She drops Star Trek references everywhere but despite all this, she and Jake seem to hit it off and form an odd friendship.


I was intrigued by this book because it was a romantic comedy with a male author instead of a female. I tend to lean towards female written books so I was curious to see how this might be different, aside from being narrated from the guy's perspective. (Most other books either alternate or are from the female's perspective.) There were a few instances where I thought, "no girl would ever say that" but for the most part I enjoyed it. By about halfway through I found myself either absolutely hating or being very, very annoyed with all three of our characters - Lindsay (I was hoping with every new page that Jake would dump her ass), Jake and Kaylee. They all bugged me for different reasons - yet while this may have made me opt out on finishing other books there was also something about them that just drew me in and I had to see how these stories would end. There were some twists and turns along the way and I think I was pretty much ok with things in the end.


If you are a fan of a romantic comedy, maybe a smart geeky girl or hate your job in architecture, you might want to check out this book.

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Synopsis

A romantic comedy of how love goes wrong—and right—when you’re a twenty-something still figuring out how to adult.

Jake, an architectural designer pushing thirty, is stuck in a job he hates. He’s spent the last two years overworked and underpaid in the dark basement of Burnham & Modine. He and his coworkers get through the day pulling pranks and gambling on how long interns will last.

Lindsay loves her job as the producer for a talk radio show. But her new timeslot means she and Jake are now working different hours. Worse, she expects Jake to teach her what he learns in a ballroom dancing class she can no longer attend. Already hurt by Lindsay's prioritization of her career over their relationship, Jake feels betrayed when he accidentally discovers that to help pay the bills she's been moonlighting—as a nude model.

Kaylee is Jake’s new partner at dance class. She’s a cute and free-spirited Trekkie geek who's trying to figure her life out after going from high school valedictorian to college dropout. Soon Jake and Kaylee are spending more time together off the dance floor than on it … and the state of being ‘not dressed’ just might be contagious.

Prologue

“Lindsay, you won’t believe it.”

“What? What happened?”

“I just got an email from Burnham & Modine. They’re offering me a job. I can start on Monday if I accept.”

“That’s great.”

It’s not great, really. I mean, of course, it’s great that they have offered me a job. I’ve been unemployed for three months now. I got laid off from my last job literally like a week after we signed the lease on our apartment. The past few months have been rough, but I’m still not totally happy about this job offer.

After months of not getting anywhere in my job search, Burnham & Modine was the first architecture firm that didn’t send me a stupid form letter telling me how “impressive” my qualifications were but they “sincerely regret” that they couldn’t offer me employment. After my interview, I had a feeling they would offer me a job. The interview itself didn’t give me a good vibe or anything, but I just knew that since I didn’t want the job there they would be the first to offer me one.

“How much are they paying?” she asks. Normally money wouldn’t be the most important issue, but right now it kind of is. I hadn’t even thought to scroll down the email to look because I was so stunned to see the words “Burnham & Modine is offering you a position as an architectural designer…” that I forgot to even look at what they were offering. There is another part of me that doesn’t even want to accept the job, regardless of salary. My instincts are telling me to turn it down and wait for something better. They have offered me a job; that’s clearly a sign that my luck is changing and something better will come around soon.

I scroll down to find the part of the email where Mr. Modine explains the salary and benefits he's offering.

“It’s not much money,” I tell her. “Just barely more than I was making before.”

“Maybe it’s like a trial salary. Once you prove yourself and have a review, you’ll probably get a nice raise,” she says.

I’m not convinced and say nothing.

Lindsay frowns. “You don’t want to take the job, do you?”

“Not really. The place is a dump. It’s this small office in an old rundown building near Chinatown. The projects they do are pretty lame, too. I showed them my 3D renderings, and they were impressed, but I got the impression they don’t do that in the office.”

I knew before I even sat down for the interview I didn’t want to work there. It was a grimy-looking office, piles of papers everywhere. They never even gave me a tour. I thought that was a big red flag. If they’d offered me a lot more money, it would have been easier. But, nope. I’ll still be underpaid.

“I’m sorry, I know how much you like that 3D stuff, but beggars can’t be choosers, you know,” Lindsay says. “We have rent to pay and… other expenses to think about.”

By “other expenses” she means our future wedding. I haven’t proposed yet, but now that we’re living together, getting married has been discussed more than usual. Lindsay believes that it makes sense to wait until we’re in a better financial position and I agree. This job won’t exactly improve our financial position, but it will let me continue to save money for a ring.

“Right,” I say.

“Look, I know you’d like to wait out for something better. I understand that, really. But, you’ve been unemployed for three months, and—”

“I know. I know. I’ll take the job.”

“Thank you.”

“But I’m not going to settle for this place,” I assure her. “This is just going to be a bump in the road for me.”

“That’s fine. Take this job and see how it is. Maybe it will grow on you. If it doesn’t, you can keep looking. They say it’s a lot easier to get a job when you already have a job.”

“I hope so. If I don’t like it, I’ll start looking again in a few months.”

“That’s the spirit.”

I write Mr. Modine a short email, accepting his offer.


From: Jacob Evans <jakedesign89@gmail.com>
Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 9:43 AM
Subject: re: employment offer
To: Arnold Modine <amodine@burnhammodine.com>

Mr. Modine,

I am very pleased with your offer and would like to accept the position. I believe this is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to contributing to the success of Burnham & Modine. I can start Monday, March 27th.

Thanks,
Jake


After Lindsay looks it over, I hit send, and she looks satisfied. “Thanks, babe. Let’s celebrate.”

I know it’s a good thing that I have a job again, but I honestly don’t feel like celebrating, and Lindsay notices.

“Cheer up, babe. You know we need the money. Sometimes we gotta do things we don’t want to do. We can’t afford this place on my income alone.”

“I know. I know.”

“So stop pouting. You got a job! This is a good thing.”

“Maybe it is, but I promise you here and now that within six months I won’t be working at Burnham & Modine anymore.”


About the author

Matthew Hanover has been reading books all his life and is now writing his own. He hopes to one day be able to quit his day job and write full time. view profile

Published on February 18, 2020

90000 words

Genre: Romantic Comedy

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