Book Review: Goodbye to All That by Margo Candela

Raquel Azorian, 25, has worked her way from temp to executive assistant and has learned to play the Hollywood game while still keeping her skirt length to her knees and her pantyhose run free. Unfortunately for Raquel, the clashing of her personal and professional life is making that rung hard to reach for.

When the chaos of juggling so many lives reaches a breaking point, Raquel realizes she’s going to have to choose—success at work or happiness at home. Whatever choice she makes, she knows it going to cost her, but part of her is still pulling for her very own Hollywood ending.

This was such a smart, fun read.  I really liked it!  It has love, family relationships, a woman making something of her career, and lots of humor.  Raquel is not your typical secretary, whoops, executive assistant.  She works for a movie executive and is trying to secure a much-deserved promotion.  She has no time to date and discovers that due to a crazy work schedule allowing no time for exercise or a balanced diet, she weighs 147.6 pounds, which classifies her as obese by Hollywood standards. 

The book is about Raquel getting her life together, but nothing goes the way she plans.  She's searching for love, career fulfillment and happiness.  The ending is not your typical "Hollywood ending" but more of a mix between a happily ever after and real life.  I liked that---Margo Candela has the gumption to give us a realistic story with a realistic ending.  This was my first time reading Margo Candela, and I was so impressed with Goodbye to All That, I'll definitely be back.

Just One Gripe:
I have a hard time keeping characters straight when I don't have good physical descriptions to go on.

The Best Thing About This Book:
Raquel has chutzpah and I love that.

Appropriate for a younger audience:
Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 5/5
Total Score:  21/25

*I read and reviewed this book as part of an ARC tour from Crazy Book Tours.  Thank you so much Jennifer (aka Crazy for Books)!


  1. I like a smart and fun read and this one sound like a good one. But I kind of hate it when I lost track on certain of weak characters.

  2. It was just okay for me, but I agree with you that I loved Raquel's strength. :-)


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