Sunday, June 21, 2009

Holly's Inbox

Title: Holly’s Inbox
Author: Holly Denham
ISBN-10: 1-4022-1903-2
Pages: 665
Year Published: 2009
Genre: Chick Lit
Date Finished: June 21

From the back cover:

Dear Holly, Are you sure you know what you’re getting into. . .?

It’s Holly Denham’s first day as a receptionist at a busy corporate bank, and frankly, it’s obvious she can’t quite keep up.

Take a peek at her email and you’ll see why: what with her crazy friends, dysfunctional family, and gossipy co-workers, Holly’s inbox is a daily source of drams. Laughter, friendship, and romantic interludes keep her going, until one day, Holly’s secret past begins to catch up with her. . .

Written entirely in emails, this compulsively readable UK smash hit will keep you laughing and turning the pages all the way to its surprising and deeply satisfying ending.

When I discovered this book at Barnes & Noble, I immediately added it to my TBR List. I was quite surprised to learn my library owned a copy and was first on the wait list. I couldn’t wait to begin reading Holly’s e-mails.

I was looking forward to reading this as I read so many glowing reviews. I have to admit, around page 200 or so, I lost interest in Holly and her friends. I really wanted to know Holly’s back-story with Toby. It took awhile for Holly to disclose to Trisha, her co-worker.

I do have to say, the secondary characters were quite interesting and added to the story. Around page 415 (the reader was able to peek inside Trisha’s inbox), I found myself glued to the story and couldn’t put it down.

Yes, it’s a long book (665 pages of e-mails), but worth reading on a lazy afternoon. Even though I thought it was sluggish in the middle, I do hope there’s a sequel in the works. I would like an update on Holly and her friends.

Want to take a peek into Holly's inbox? Click here.

Random thoughts: Here's an interview with the creator of Holly's Inbox. It's quite surprising to learn the identity of the person behind the idea of the book.


  1. This book looks fascinating to me! I have added it to my notebook of TBR books. I can't wait to read it! The format sounds interesting.

  2. I love books written in epistolary form, so this book is definitely on my TBR list. If your really enjoyed this form, I recommend My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. It's a different story than Holly's Inbox, but same form.

    P.S I see you're reading An Offer You Can't Refuse. I loved this book!