I promised a review of Shopgirl by Steve Martin, so here it is. The novella is about a young woman living in LA, working at a fancy department store, trying to make it on her own. She is an artist who doesn’t do much with her art and she easily gets depressed. She has trouble connecting with people and is desperate for a connection. A wealthy, older gentleman (in his 50s) whoos her and they start an affair.
This novella is definitely about its characters and their journey through life. It is also about relationships and how people approach them differently. There are miscommunications, hurt, love, and sadness. Overall, I enjoyed the character and relationship development. I have to warn you that the vocabulary is sometimes difficult. I should have had my dictionary nearby, but I just kept plugging through using context clues as best I could. After reading the novel, I definitely wanted to see the movie and I put it to the top of my Netflix list.
The movie, starring Clare Danes and Steve Martin (himself), generally followed the novella. There were some minor changes, as always, but the main story remained true to the book. I guess it helps when the author of the book also stars in the movie. I have to say that I didn’t think Steve Martin was a good pick for the older gentleman in this story. He just wasn’t what I pictured in my head while reading the novella. Plus, I just don’t see Steve Martin as a serious character. Nevertheless, he does do an adequate job with the role. Clare Danes was a good choice, I thought.
So, overall, I would recommend the book and the movie. Although, if you’re looking for action, just skip it.