SABOTAGE is chick lit that in no way involves New York City, the publishing industry, the fashion industry, or thirty-something women dying to get married. There is, I confess, a modicum of shopping and a gay best friend, two conventions I couldn't resist.
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Mired in a quarter-life rut, Ginger Apperson agrees to be a temporary guide at the local art museum, filling in for eccentric Mrs. Singletroy, a docent since Pollock was the next big thing.
Complicating matters, Mrs. S. expects Ginger to somehow overthrow Jessica, a maddeningly perfect young guide who's trying to rid the docent roster of the elderly.
Ginger discovers she loves introducing art to the masses, especially the class of second graders who visit the museum weekly. When she starts dating the students' charming teacher, Gabe, the exciting twenty-something life she always imagined seems to be starting. Still, she has no idea how to thwart Jessica, and the more she tries the less confident she feels.
Increasingly paranoid, Ginger finds herself seeing conspiracies around every corner. When one of the museum's masterpieces is revealed as a fake, Ginger strives to topple her rival, embarking on a risky stakeout and a disastrous break-in, culminating in the embarrassing
discovery that it's herself she's been sabotaging.
Humiliated, Ginger must find a way to own up to her mistakes and redeem herself in Gabe's eyes. Eventually, she learns to plot her own course, without competition or mentors, and finds that where she is isn't a bad place to be.
Unless ol Jessica is the person responsible for the painting being a fake, what does "revealed as a fake" have to do with "toppling her rival"?
And a class of second graders in an art museum every week??
People who work in art museums at age 25 tend to be starving artists not people mired in ruts looking for something fun to do in their spare time.
You can dismiss the conventions of chick lit but you should understand what they are first. First and foremost chick lit is about self discovery. Focus on that.