Reviewing The Pajama Game by Eugenie Seifer Olson


When I picked up this novel I expected it to be some light, chick lit reading. It was light, it was quick, but there was an underlying plot that the author did not want to giveaway and therefore the mystery of what the point of the novel was remained a mystery until about 80% through, though the reader (me) knew there was something going on.

Plot: Former teacher Moxie leaves because she’s depressed and starts peddling panties, hence the title of the book. She really could have worked anywhere, but I supposed lingerie was more fun.

Characters: Throughout this Moxie deals with her gay best friend, Gerard, because every sassy woman needs a gay male best friend. The man who lives in an apartment building with the unfortunate name of Steven Tyler, Joe who owns the joke shop, Sue who works at the aquarium Moxie frequents, Mary Alice, her co-worker, and Allan, her crush. Olson works hard to give each character their own subplot that for the most part doesn’t go anywhere.

Throughout the whole story you know there is something wrong with Moxie. All of the subplots seem to be thrown in to distract Moxie so that she won’t think of what is going wrong with her body. She is not depressed, she is sick, and it’s frustrating to see her not that worried about it. She brushes it off, goes through her day-to-day, and the whole time it’s obvious to the reader (me!) that she’s sick but she just lets it go. Of course the title of this novel, the blurb on the back, and the general feel do not give away that this book is actually about a woman suffering through a disease, which is the huge reason it is dropped down. It’s downplayed so much the character doesn’t realize it. It would have been better to find out sooner and have her fighting to deal with it, then find out and suddenly have everything wrapped up in nice, tiny bows. I am glad there is a happy ending, but I was not happy about how this book brought us to this contrived conclusion that made it seem her disease just gave Olson a reason to tell the story on her mind.

Reasons to read this novel:

Interesting Characters

A lot of insight into the world of retail

Quick Read

Reasons not to read this novel:

Pointless, unresolved subplots

The disease is the reason for the story, and it is downplayed


Solace Winter

Posted on March 16, 2012, in Book Reviews, March 2012 and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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