How Could She

How Could She


An assured and savagely funny novel about three old friends as they navigate careers, husbands, an ex-fiancé, new suitors, and, most importantly, their relationships with one another

After a devastating break-up with her fiancé, Geraldine is struggling to get her life back on track in Toronto. Her two old friends, Sunny and Rachel, left ages ago for New York, where they've landed good jobs, handsome husbands, and unfairly glamorous lives (or at least so it appears to Geraldine). Sick of watching from the sidelines, Geraldine decides to force the universe to give her the big break she knows she deserves, and moves to New York City.

As she zigzags her way through the downtown art scene and rooftop party circuit, she discovers how hard it is to find her footing in a world of influencers and media darlings. Meanwhile, Sunny's life as an It Girl watercolorist is not nearly as charmed as it seemed to Geraldine from Toronto. And Rachel is trying to keep it together as a new mom, writer, and wife--how is it that she was more confident and successful at twenty-five than in her mid-thirties? Perhaps worst of all, why are Sunny and Rachel--who've always been suspicious of each other--suddenly hanging out without Geraldine?

Hilarious and fiercely observed, How Could She is an essential novel of female friendship, an insider's look into the cutthroat world of New York media--from print to podcasting--and a witty exploration of the ways we can and cannot escape our pasts.

Title:How Could She
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    How Could She Reviews

  • Kaceey

    2.75*A contemporary novel about three women navigating their lives through their friendships, careers and the complexities of each of their relationships.From the start, I had difficulty connecting wi...

  • Donna

    Here’s the thing...I can enjoy a book with unlikeable characters as long as it has an engaging plot. And I can enjoy a book where not much happens when it is a fascinating character study. What I ap...

  • Pooja

    I ate this novel up and didn't want it to end. It's a comedy of manners/ social satire about friendship— and also about the absurdity/perils of making art in the age of influence. How Could She has...

  • Dannon Hewitt

    im not gonna write a long review just because it honestly wasn't a great book for me. it wasnt bad though maybe in a few years it will be more enjoyable....

  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    Thanks you to Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book to review. To be honest I struggled with this book in the beginning. There seemed to be a lot of characters to keep straight with...

  • Simone Praylow

    This book was like sex and the city, but better. And you can't beat sex and the city. How could she is a coming age book about three friends that are all going through challenges in their life with ea...

  • Melissa

    This was one of those books where you kind of just get plopped down in the middle of a story that's already begun and you spend half the book just figuring out what's going on. It reminded me of Allis...

  • Travel.with.a.book

    Female friendship, reality and women power are the topics written so perfectly in HOW COULD SHE by Lauren Mechling, I enjoyed every page of this incredible book, the well crafted stories were really c...

  • Wendy Bunnell

    I almost stopped reading this book. In fact, I tried to stop about halfway through. I had checked it out from one of my library's audiobook apps, and I had loaded up a different audiobook on another a...

  • Jessica

    A very compelling and very realistic tale of three friends (frenemies?) whose fortunes rise and fall throughout the course of the book. Loved the insidery publishing details; I gasped when one charact...