Friday, May 29, 2015
Review: The Balance Project
The Balance Project
by Susie Orman Schnall
The Balance Project is a story of loyalty, choices, and balance that will resonate deeply with all women who struggle with this hot-button issue. Loyal assistant Lucy Cooper works for Katherine Whitney, who seems to have it all: a high-powered job at a multibillion-dollar health and wellness lifestyle company, a successful husband, and two adorable daughters. Now, with the release of her book on work-life balance, Katherine has become a media darling and a hero to working women everywhere. In reality, though, Katherine’s life is starting to fall apart, and Lucy is the one holding it all together, causing her own life―and relationship with her boyfriend Nick―to suffer. When Katherine does something unthinkable to Lucy, Lucy must decide whether to change Katherine’s life forever or continue being her main champion. Her choice will affect the trajectory of both of their lives and lead to opportunities neither one could have imagined.
I was intrigued by the premise of this book because it centers around two females. What? A book that doesn't solely focus on a love story between a man and a woman? This is why I jumped at the opportunity to review it when it came time for the Summer Reading Challenge from BookSparks.
This book is about two women, Lucy and Katherine, who are on opposite sides of the spectrum. Katherine seems to have it all while Lucy is her loyal assistant. The author covers how women treat other women, in the workplace and otherwise. The story is about how other people's decisions shape and effect who we are - in both good and bad ways. Although it is fictional, the book portrays struggles women go through every day trying to do-it-all and therefore, trying to have-it-all while trying to maintain a balance.
I believe that women in the workplace and especially those women who have to juggle different "hats" (such as also being a mother) would really get much from this story.