on Jan. 30, 2016 :
The Creatives by author Lindsay Lewis is about a young woman, living in the shadow of her sister and dominance of her mother, who suddenly finds not just success at her job at an advertising company, but also lands her dream job. She realizes too late the full price of her success and finds herself at a crossroads: does she continue down this costly road or choose a path that will cost her newly gained success?
As you can already see, Ms. Lewis has developed quite the thrilling plot and the characters that support it are nothing short of witty, fun, and dynamic. Lissy, the main character, is an insecure and shy character that eventually comes out of her cocoon when she decides to take control of her life (empowering all by itself). And you can’t help but cheer her on as she gains success and feel disappointed and heartbroken with her when it all crashes around her ears. Ms. Lewis did an excellent job at fleshing her out and making her real. More importantly, Ms. Lewis did a wonderful job at endearing Lissy to the readers.
As I mentioned before, the supporting characters are dynamic and push and pull our protagonist along her journey. They are just as fleshed out and real as our main character and add complexity and comic relief to the story. My favorite are Amir, Lissy’s bestie, and interestingly enough, Lissy’s mom who is pretty insane. But in a strangely endearing way. Lastly, Lissy’s love interest, Oliver, is a total dreamboat.
Finally, as with all stories, in the end there is a moral about what is right and what is wrong, and Ms. Lewis explores several points. First and foremost, is the question, “how far one is willing to go for success?” Or more specifically, “how far is one willing to go for what they want?” Later, this evolves into “what does Lissy want?” And these are very real question we ask ourselves all the time. Ms. Lewis balances these key question very well in her story, all the while exploring other points, such as “when is enough enough?” and “how far can someone be pushed?”
On a similar note, while reading the story I was pretty sure of what the “right” choice was, but in Lissy’s point of view, it was very difficult for her to see the right choice when she was knee deep in her situation. And again, this is a very real situation. How many times have we realized what the “right” choice for us would have been in retrospection? Again, excellent balancing act by Ms. Lewis.
There were only a few minor points that disrupted my reading experience. The first was the seemingly odd trips to Hawaii. The advertising company paid to have its “creatives” take several trips to Hawaii and I thought that was a bit odd. Cool, but oddly unrealistic. However, in Ms. Lewis’ defense, I really don’t know much about advertising companies and how often they would do something like this, so I reasoned that I simply didn’t know enough to question this. Second, Oliver, the dreamboat, did seem to appear out of nowhere and was far too perfect to be real. On several occasions I actually believed he was a figment of Lissy’s imagination. On the flip side, he played an important key role to the conclusion of the story, thus, pushing into the abyss-of-meaninglessness this nonsense of him being too perfect. :)
Overall, I truly enjoyed The Creatives and highly recommend this book to readers, especially if readers enjoy complex romance stories in which self-discovery is the key ingredient.
(reviewed the day of purchase)