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Published August 12th 2013
A rollicking memoir by Geogia Cassimatis
Georgia Cassimatis had the world at her feet. She was young, gorgeous, and had the job of her dreams. All her life lacked was a fabulous man and, as if on cue, entered Simon, a hot shot commercial director. Smitten at once, Georgia misses all of the early warning signs that her family and friends see all too clearly. Though Australian born, Simon has been living and working in Los Angeles' entertainment industry long enough to be assimilated into its culture. To be more succinct, Simon is a complete self-centred ass. With his gym toned body and toothy grin, he convinces her to move to L.A and in very short order Georgia's life begins to take on a surreal air. Raised by a supportive and wonderfully kind family, Georgia is woefully unprepared for the snarky and cruel taunts of her now husband who needles her endlessly about her weight, her earning potential and her love of coffee. By the time Georgia walks out, Simon has sucked her dry emotionally and financially.
Georgia reinvents herself as a freelance entertainment writer and her life explodes into the kaleidoscope of offbeat friends and fascinating experiences that make this memoir such a fun romp. That's not to say she ends up on easy street, far from it, but, Georgia is always likeable and brave enough to not to need a happily-ever-after ending. For Georgia, her memoir, much like her life, is about the journey and not the destination.
Woven into the storyline is a subtext which eloquently expresses the depth to which one grows to love a place and how that defines the concept of home. Georgia is a true blue Aussie and born Sydneysider who was raised on the North Shore. Her vivid detailing of the winding roads of the Northern Beaches, backyard BBQs in Balmain and even her favourite night time hotspots read like a love letter. Yet, she is equally captivated by L.A., with its bright lights, fast pace, and host of quirky characters. Before long, Georgia finds herself torn between what she realises are the two greatest loves of her life, Sydney and L.A. Capturing a sentiment felt by the thousands of expats who have moved to and from Sydney, she writes achingly about never again having just one home. For Georgia, to be living in one city is to be longing for the other.
Through dashed dreams and homesickness, Georgia still manages to keep her sense of humour and optimistic view on life. It's a great fast fun read that will leave you with a smile on your face. In the end, one realises heartache comes to us all. It's what we choose to do with it that will matter and the world seen through Georgia Cassimatis' eyes reminds us that resilience is our greatest strength and that the best is yet to come.