Shelley Schwartz, a 33-year-old daddy's girl, wants less of her father's indulgence and more of his respect. But when she blows a major presentation at his advertising agency, her father disappoints her by entrusting the account to the annoyingly perfect Ross Morgan.

Ross, the company's golden boy, is everything Shelley is not — responsible, serious, competent--at least in her father's eyes. So Shelley decides to change her image and prove them all wrong. Complicating the big transformation, however, is Shelley's mother (who's trying to hook her up with a "nice Jewish boy"), Shelley's sister (who has a slew of her own personal issues) and Shelley's unwanted attraction to nemesis Ross (a man she figures couldn't be a worse choice for a mate).

With incredibly smooth, humorous writing and a masterful use of point of view, Wax's latest novel gives readers all they expect in a romantic comedy and much more. The plot is great fun from start to finish, the characters are vivid and their internal commentary is as sharp as their witty dialogue. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel