You Should Smile More by Anastasia Ryan

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You Should Smile More: A Novel

You Should Smile More
by Anastasia Ryan
Pub Date- 1/17/23
This was such a funny book with the most ridiculous firing and workplace situation. If this hadn’t actually happened to me before and sound like one of my husbands prior sales work jobs I wouldn’t have believed it lol. I had a manager take me outside and tell me to Fing smile and that he hoped his pregnant wife wasn’t having a girl cause he didn’t understand women. I was stunned and had never been spoken to like that and didn’t know what to do. My Dad took care of it for me. I was still in high school who smiles with some creepy guy staring at them anyways? So this book also has a creepy guy that doesn’t seem to like or understand women nor wear shoes.

I loved the little kitties she was fostering, they added such a playful feel to the bizarre character that was Excalibur Lincoln and it made me laugh a lot. The romance between her and the unemployment rep was kismet. I would like to be friends with her mother so I can learn some additional ways to mother and embarrass my children. And create a murder wall – I need to map out those clues to SJM books, except I have no walls left.

I totally feel for Vanessa, I have gotten comments on my face from my family, friends and strangers for as long as I can remember. It is always interpreted wrong and my little 5 yo has the RBF fierce when she concentrates, she has no patience either and will probably cut you. I think it’s the eyebrow raise or something. But also if I like you you know lol. Everyone seems to love me so if you have a problem with me, that’s your problem. I am too old for all that nonsense, this is my Friday rant and I am ready for the weekend.

❓What’s the most ridiculous thing you were asked to do for a workplace function?
This wasn’t my workplace event but at one of my husband’s xmas parties the upper management gave themselves awards including the lady that was having one of their babies, like gross. How is that work related? It was so awkward. Then a week later they laid everyone off lol.

Thank you sourcebookscasa for the #gifted copy for honest and voluntary review. And for the toothbrush not pictured. 🙂


When Vanessa Blair is fired because of her “resting bitch face,” her friends help her launch a revenge plan that’ll bring down the whole company.

Telemarketer Vanessa Blair isn’t in love with her job. It pays the bills and feeds her foster kittens, but offers only one other perk: her friendships with Jane Delaney and Trisha Lam. But, as mind-numbing as her job is, things are about to get worse. Xavier Adams, her self-absorbed boss, calls Vanessa into the conference room and fires her. The reason? Her facial expressions. Apparently, her resting bitch face is wide awake, and it doesn’t matter that her sales numbers are stellar or that she organizes office events.

After a girls’ night of schnapps and imagining retribution, Vanessa awakens to find that Trisha is more literal than she thought, and has implemented a revenge strategy based on the classic business book The Art of War by Sun Tzu. At first, Vanessa wants nothing to do with it. She wants to file for unemployment and move on with her life, possibly with Carter Beckett, the cute, cat-loving unemployment rep assigned to her case. But when Xavier contests her unemployment and ruins her shot at her dream job, Vanessa is all in…


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