Having just been dumped by her boyfriend, Isa Maxwell decides she needs to get her life in order. And the best way for her to do that is to become the P.A. to the most famous, or infamous, billionaire gracing the gossip columns.
First things first, I’m not sure I would have chosen to read this if it wasn’t written by someone I follow on Twitter. Having said that, I did enjoy it.
The book is billed as the first in the Isa Maxwell Escapades series. To me, escapades is probably the best way of describing the events of the novel. Isa seems to stumble from one poorly thought out plan to the next in her quest to become famous and win back her shallow ex-boyfriend.
The fact that she doesn’t have much in the way of qualifications or talent doesn’t stop her applying for the position of personal assistant to Mr. Hue, eccentric playboy billionaire and head of the titular Shizzle Inc. The fact that she succeeds in getting the job and keeps getting promoted and given more responsibility for the company is as much due to her relentless optimism as it is Mr. Hue’s seemingly iron-clad belief that any notion he has (as illustrated by his constant business advice to Isa) is going to be good for the company.
The characters, especially Isa, are pretty foolish in one way or another but usually funny rather than annoying, a thin line to walk and I suspect this might be a sticking point for some people. Isa herself is probably one of the most clueless characters I can recall reading; constantly thinking just about anyone she encounters is on the verge of falling in love with her while completely missing the most obvious things around her. She does show some signs of growing up and being more self-aware by the end of the book; although the last chapter, setting up book 2 does indicate she hasn’t learned that much…
Shizzle, Inc. is a quick and funny read. I flew through it in a few days, frequently chuckling although I will admit some of the jokes may not work for everyone. How much you like this book will probably depend on how you respond to the humour and lunacy of it but for me, it worked.