I took out a small portion of an essay I recently wrote. Its about the book, Goddess for Hire, and the main character's new found identity of a reincarnated goddess. (drum roll please......)
Her unconventional career choice (her “job” to defeat world evils as the reincarnated goddess, Kali) is what makes this novel an alternative, or revised, rendition of the chick-lit novel. Its time-consuming and challenging qualities make being a goddess a true job. [Possessive pronoun: its]
Most people would probably visualize a woman character in a chick-lit to be focused on her job, probably in business, or retail, or fashion. Compared to the rest of her family, Maya’s dreams and aspirations are much different than theirs; who are all doctors. [Possessive pronoun: theirs AND who] Maya on the other hand, gives a whole new experience for chick-lit readers. [Simple sentence] Unlike the common business-woman seen in many of these novels, Maya embraced a career that has never been seen before: a reincarnated goddess, whose job is to defeat all the evil in the world. [Possessive pronoun: whose] Whom does Maya reincarnate into? The Hindu goddess, Kali. [Use of whom] Maya is seen in the majority of the book focusing on her powerful skills and learning how to “call the goddess within.” She considered this being her full-time job, and worried that getting a “real” job would interfere with her goddess’ duties. [An apostrophe to show possession on a singular noun ending in –s] Maya and her mom often fought about Maya’s future, and this put tension on their relationship. [Compound sentence] When her mom apologized about her ultimatum of getting a job or moving out, Maya contemplated what she would do in the real-world and was searching for her interests: “Shopping? What about fighting malevolence? Sure, there was some job satisfaction, but…” (p. 207). [Complex sentence] In this passage, she is expressing her fears that embracing her goddess powers would not suffice as a career path.
At the end of the book, all of Maya’s peers and family and community members accept her goddess duties as a full-time position. [Series of 3 items without commas and strung together with ands] In my own opinion (which may be different from yours), it is clear Maya has embraced this career path of being a reincarnated goddess. [Possessive pronoun: yours] Singh has done a great job with this book in making it different from most of the other chick-lit novels.