The Blonde Theory Review
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Harper Roberts is a young, smart, beautiful attorney who’s just made partner at her law firm at the ripe old age of 35. Harper has been an over-achiever her entire life, and she’s always been successful. But her recent promotion has completely messed up her love life. Her boyfriend of five years decides that he can’t compete with Harper anymore. He walks out, and she’s completely devastated.

Harper spends months moping and going out on few dates, and she meets regularly with her best friends from middle school. Jill, Emmie, and Meg encourage Harper not to give up on dating and love. They insist that the right man will come along and that she’ll be happy in both her career and her home life. But Harper has a theory: men are afraid of her. She’s too successful and too smart, and therefore she terrifies men. She’s great at meeting men and getting dates. The problem comes when these men find out that she has a degree in Chemical Engineering, went to Harvard to study law, and is now partner at a law firm.

  
 
After months of hearing Harper whine about her dating fate, her friends decide to test her theory. They convince Harper to try dating as a dumb blonde. They dress her in a revealing manner, teach her to speak like a Valley Girl, and give her imaginary jobs to make her less successful. Harper agrees to test the theory because, frankly, what does she have to lose? At first, she pretends to be a cheerleader and gets a date right away. She soon finds out that this particular date only wants to chat about himself and his success while playing nice and hoping to get her into bed. Then she pretends to be a bartender—with the same results. Harper continues this comical testing for two weeks, during which she learns that she must take a good look at herself to find the answers she’s seeking.

Along the way, Harper meets two other men. One is the emergency plumber who comes to her rescue when her toilet overflows and floods her apartment. He’s a very nice and good-looking man, but he’s a plumber. The second is a co-worker of Emmie’s, a popular actor on a daytime drama who agrees to take Harper to her company party as a favor to Emmie. Again, Harper finds him terribly attractive and funny, but he’s an actor.

The Blonde Theory is an entertaining read, as well as an eye-opener about prejudice based on occupation. Ms. Harmel does an excellent job of building believable characters with character flaws and common prejudices. They’ll draw you in and have you burning through pages to find out what’s going to happen to them next.

Rush out and pick this one up. You’ll be glad you did. In fact, it’s so entertaining that I won’t be surprised if this one ends up on the Big Screen.

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