These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff
Grand Central Publishing, 2012
304 pgs, 4 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: These Days Are Ours is like a conversation piece for 20-somethings about the problems 20-somethings face. “It’s like Thought Catalog the book” as one eloquent friend of mine said. It’s a dialogue driven narrative about how shitty it is to be unemployed, looking for love, trying to understand life and where you fit in it. And it’s a lot of #firstworldproblems, which I can relate to! She’s a recent BU grad and has moved back to New York City (post 9/11) to get a job. Hailey comes from a wealthy, but broken, family, and she wants to make it on her own. Her constant following up on job interviews and total obsession with a boy who doesn’t like her back are #reallife situations that most of us deal with, and Hailey has a sense of humor and a willingness to learn that makes her sympathetic and endearing. Haimoff really nails the angst and the speech and the burning desires of 20-somethings. If you want a fun read that will make you laugh and make you think, this is it!
ABOUT THE OUTFIT: My poor little rich girl, this color block top is versatile enough for an interview and going out with friends, or when an interview sort of turns into a date. Pair it with these fun polka dot jeans for brunch with your friends or a night out when you might see Brenner (he should know you’re fun!). Spritz yourself with this Calvin Klein perfume that captures your feelings toward Brenner.
Go shoe shopping with mom and slip into these blue platforms that cost an appalling amount. Worry about what someone interviewing you will think about your expensive accessories, but mom is buying!
This large bag is big enough to hold some clothes for the next day when you visit Adrian. He’s very I-went-to-Brown and you like that about him in spite of yourself. This mustache watch reminds you of his hipster glasses.
This pale pink lip gloss is subtle enough for an interview and brunch, and paired with dark eye make up it will do for going out. These magenta nails will match the cover beautifully as you’re flipping pages.
Finally, the I love NY phone case is perfect for you (except that you have a flip phone…). You are disoriented and a little devastated by 9/11. It was only 6 months ago and the city has pretty much gone back to normal. You can’t seem to reconcile that. And though you despise the capitalizing on I love NY paraphernalia after the incident, you’ve joined the ranks.