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If you had one day to rewrite the rules you live by, would you? Delia Reese takes the financial world by storm in this breakout novel that’s 13 Going on 30 meets She’s the Man. Just once, Delia Reese wants to be the one calling the shots—not the one waiting to be called. Despite her stellar resume, hiring managers at the big banks won’t give her a chance. Following yet anoth If you had one day to rewrite the rules you live by, would you? Delia Reese takes the financial world by storm in this breakout novel that’s 13 Going on 30 meets She’s the Man. Just once, Delia Reese wants to be the one calling the shots—not the one waiting to be called. Despite her stellar resume, hiring managers at the big banks won’t give her a chance. Following yet another failed interview, Delia commiserates with her roommates and drunkenly finds herself wishing she had the advantages that come with being a man. If society wasn’t locked into gender roles, she’d be climbing the corporate ladder in designer heels with no apologies. By morning, her mirror reflects a surprising makeover. Now that the world sees her as a man, Delia’s determined to double down on society’s double standards. With a smart suit and powerfully pink necktie, she hits New York’s financial district with a big gamble in mind.


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If you had one day to rewrite the rules you live by, would you? Delia Reese takes the financial world by storm in this breakout novel that’s 13 Going on 30 meets She’s the Man. Just once, Delia Reese wants to be the one calling the shots—not the one waiting to be called. Despite her stellar resume, hiring managers at the big banks won’t give her a chance. Following yet anoth If you had one day to rewrite the rules you live by, would you? Delia Reese takes the financial world by storm in this breakout novel that’s 13 Going on 30 meets She’s the Man. Just once, Delia Reese wants to be the one calling the shots—not the one waiting to be called. Despite her stellar resume, hiring managers at the big banks won’t give her a chance. Following yet another failed interview, Delia commiserates with her roommates and drunkenly finds herself wishing she had the advantages that come with being a man. If society wasn’t locked into gender roles, she’d be climbing the corporate ladder in designer heels with no apologies. By morning, her mirror reflects a surprising makeover. Now that the world sees her as a man, Delia’s determined to double down on society’s double standards. With a smart suit and powerfully pink necktie, she hits New York’s financial district with a big gamble in mind.

30 review for Delia Suits Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: I watch his reflection on the sleek mahogany desk scan my resume up and down. Up and down. What’s he looking for? Waldo? I hand him my New York driver’s license, which I use more for drinking than driving. I raise my arm and take a whiff. “Ugh.” It’s like Old Spice and old onions had an all-out battle. Old onions won. My Review: I enjoyed this uniquely quirky tale of a women’s frustrated birthday wish to be someone else coming true. The storylines were laced together with snarky wry Favorite Quotes: I watch his reflection on the sleek mahogany desk scan my resume up and down. Up and down. What’s he looking for? Waldo? I hand him my New York driver’s license, which I use more for drinking than driving. I raise my arm and take a whiff. “Ugh.” It’s like Old Spice and old onions had an all-out battle. Old onions won. My Review: I enjoyed this uniquely quirky tale of a women’s frustrated birthday wish to be someone else coming true. The storylines were laced together with snarky wry humor, amusing observations, and interesting insights as the character encounters and withstands the perspective of and reactions to themselves as different genders. It was an interesting and thought-provoking education as the character contemplated the freedom, challenges, constrictions, and limitations experienced by both extremes of our species. Learning the art of snake charming of the capricious trouser anaconda alone was smirk-worthy and made my afternoon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    This was a fun and quick read about sexism with a freaky Friday twist. Delia was laid off three months ago from her Wall Street job and now she’s struggling to find another gig. Hitting roadblock after roadblock in a male dominated industry, she makes a wish that she could become a man. When she wakes up the next day, her wish has come true. A wild and unlikely twist in events gives her (now him!) the opportunity of a lifetime when she overhears that the leading financial firm in NYC will lose t This was a fun and quick read about sexism with a freaky Friday twist. Delia was laid off three months ago from her Wall Street job and now she’s struggling to find another gig. Hitting roadblock after roadblock in a male dominated industry, she makes a wish that she could become a man. When she wakes up the next day, her wish has come true. A wild and unlikely twist in events gives her (now him!) the opportunity of a lifetime when she overhears that the leading financial firm in NYC will lose their next big pitch. In a position to save the day and with the newfound confidence of being a man, Delia decided to take things into her own hands and write her own fate. This book was definitely cute and I liked the friends to lovers romance element. The currents of sexism woven throughout added a more serious tone to the novel but overall, Aksel was able to keep it fun and light. Putting the freaky Friday twist aside, this was still a pretty unbelievable storyline but if you’re able to put the believability factors aside, it’s definitely enjoyable. I was also a little put off by the excessive and often immature male anatomy comments but ultimately I think it added an element of humor to the story. Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meryl Wilsner

    The transphobia, y'all. No, thank you. The transphobia, y'all. No, thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    Fun concept, well written.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Delia Reese is an expert in the world of finance. However, she has one major problem. She is a woman. As the description mentions, this book is sort of a mix between the movies 13 Going on 30 and She's the Man. I also couldn't help but think of the movie Freaky Friday. It doesn't matter how many times Delia shows up at a bank with her resume, she is turned down. She has experience and intelligence to back her up, but the discrimination is clear. One night she and her roommates Regina Delia Reese is an expert in the world of finance. However, she has one major problem. She is a woman. As the description mentions, this book is sort of a mix between the movies 13 Going on 30 and She's the Man. I also couldn't help but think of the movie Freaky Friday. It doesn't matter how many times Delia shows up at a bank with her resume, she is turned down. She has experience and intelligence to back her up, but the discrimination is clear. One night she and her roommates Regina and Frankie are drinking and playing a game, and in this game Delia wishes she was a man, only if long enough to prove she can do any job she goes after. Waking up the next morning, everything has changed. Everything. Six inches taller, stubble on her face, no breasts, and other body parts, prove something rather shocking. She. Is. A. Man. She goes to Regina and Frankie and Regina immediately wields a bat. What has happened to Delia and why is there a man in their apartment? Frankie is just as shocked. With a very distinct tattoo and describing events only Delia would know about, they relunctantly agree that Delia is in fact a man now. Unbelievable? Of course. Hilarious? Definitely. Again, having seen the movies that are listed above, and another one comes to mind, Big. with Tom Hanks, it was quite easy become engrossed in this entertaining read. I loved how Delia quickly decided to use this shocking change of her person to go after the job she knew she would be perfect for. There was definitely a flaw in her plan, however, and that is the fact that her best friend and major crush works at the very place that Delia planned to make her mark. I definitely enjoyed this quick read by Amanda Aksel. The humor, although crude at times, gave a nice window into a man's world vs. girl power. Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a 13 going on 30 meets She's the Man kind of feel. Delia Reese has been having trouble getting another job in the investment industry since she was laid off and during a drunken game of truth or dare, wishes to be a man. It seems like it would be so much easier to get a job in this industry as a man since her male counterparts found new jobs easily. So when she wakes up in a much larger body with an unruly new appendage she's in for a very interesting day! This book was hilarious as Delia This is a 13 going on 30 meets She's the Man kind of feel. Delia Reese has been having trouble getting another job in the investment industry since she was laid off and during a drunken game of truth or dare, wishes to be a man. It seems like it would be so much easier to get a job in this industry as a man since her male counterparts found new jobs easily. So when she wakes up in a much larger body with an unruly new appendage she's in for a very interesting day! This book was hilarious as Delia takes charge of her life and gets the confidence she lost along the way.  ✨Possible spoiler✨ There was also a romance that I totally gushed over as Delia find out the guy she liked reciprocated her feelings but she was in guy form, so bad timing 😳  This did not go the in the direction I expected lol. I did ask my husband's opinion and you would probably think and talk that much about your newfound little friend. Lol your new little toy lmao.  Thank you @berkeleyromance and @netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    Disclaimer : I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and NetGalley. Delia Suits Up was entertaining fiction that revolved around Delia who got her birthday wish turning her day crazy and soon regretting and learning from it. The story was about sexism in workplace, gender inequality, friendship, preconception, confidence, passion, and love. Writing was gripping, entertaining and fast paced. It was written in first Disclaimer : I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and NetGalley. Delia Suits Up was entertaining fiction that revolved around Delia who got her birthday wish turning her day crazy and soon regretting and learning from it. The story was about sexism in workplace, gender inequality, friendship, preconception, confidence, passion, and love. Writing was gripping, entertaining and fast paced. It was written in first person narrative from Delia’s perspective. Setting of NY added its own charm to story. Whole plot and many scenes were unbelievable but it was filled humorous moments. Best scenes were those initial chapters where Delia found herself in male body, her speech and time at top investment banking firm she wanted to work with and saving their deal. There was small part with friends-to-lovers romance. It wasn’t on centre of the story but I loved reading those moments. I enjoyed this but I didn’t like constant comments and focus on anatomical changes. It sure gave it comic relief but at the same time I would have like more on other aspect, a little more exploration on work place sexism. Overall, Delia Suits Up was humorous, fun, refreshing and well written fiction with lovely and developed characters. Body swap trope friends-to-lovers romance Wall street setting workplace sexism Fast pace full review - https://booksteacupreviews.com/2021/0...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Schorr

    What a ride! From the first page to the last, this book was a delight to read and so much fun. Many women, at one time or another, have questioned whether aspects of their lives would be easier if they were a man. In Delia Suits Up, the main character, Delia, finds out. This premise was gold and Aksel pulled it off so well. The main character was charming and so easy to root for. It was a hoot watching her come to terms with her new body parts! Although the focus of the book was Delia's journey What a ride! From the first page to the last, this book was a delight to read and so much fun. Many women, at one time or another, have questioned whether aspects of their lives would be easier if they were a man. In Delia Suits Up, the main character, Delia, finds out. This premise was gold and Aksel pulled it off so well. The main character was charming and so easy to root for. It was a hoot watching her come to terms with her new body parts! Although the focus of the book was Delia's journey to discover the strength she had all along, the romance was adorable and sweet. Delia's best friends Regina and Frankie were hilarious. In summary, Delia suits up is warm, witty, and absolutely wonderful. A winner. Thank you to the author for my complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars. Amanda Aksel’s new novel Delia Suits Up is a hilarious modern day take on popular films like Freaky Friday and Big, but instead of just swapping bodies, you also swap genders. Delia Reese wants to make it big on Wall Street and she has the credentials to do it. However, no matter how many job interviews she goes on, no one will hire her. She becomes more and more convinced she can’t land a job because she’s a woman. During a drunken round of Truth or Dare with her roommates, Delia says 3.5 stars. Amanda Aksel’s new novel Delia Suits Up is a hilarious modern day take on popular films like Freaky Friday and Big, but instead of just swapping bodies, you also swap genders. Delia Reese wants to make it big on Wall Street and she has the credentials to do it. However, no matter how many job interviews she goes on, no one will hire her. She becomes more and more convinced she can’t land a job because she’s a woman. During a drunken round of Truth or Dare with her roommates, Delia says if she could change one thing about herself, she’d wish to be a man. When she wakes up the next morning, she has gotten her wish, penis and all. After Delia’s initial freakout and after she has convinced her roommates she’s really her and not some random stranger who has turned up in their apartment, Delia changes the name at the top of her existing resume to a man’s name, dresses up in her roommate’s best suit, and heads back to Wall Street to make something happen for herself. You guys, this is such a fun and entertaining read! Delia is such a great character and her frustrations with job hunting are all too relatable. She’s also really funny. I laughed out loud so many times as she was trying to get used to her new body, and in particular, to her new appendage. Some might consider the humor to be a bit crude at times since a lot of it revolves around exploring that appendage. Crude or not, it’s pretty hilarious. It’s not all just over-the top humor though. There’s obviously a more serious exploration of sexism in the workplace as Delia tries to break through into the “boy’s club” that is Wall Street. Another layer is added to the story when Delia encounters her best friend Eric, who she also has a crush on, while she is dressed as a man and accidentally learns how Eric feels about her. One of the only downsides for me was actually that I would have liked a lot more of Eric and Delia together because he was such a sweet guy. If you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced read and enjoy movies like Big, Freaky Friday, and 13 Going on 30, you’ll want to check out Delia Suits Up. Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    Thank you to Berkley for giving me the opportunity to read this book early! I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is about Delia. She is a woman in the financial industry and she just got fired in a massive lay off and now she desperately wants another job. It's her birthday and she is drinking with her best friends/roommates and she makes a wish that she could be a guy so it would be easier to get a job in the sexist, male dominated world that she works in. The next morning, IT WORKED, she's a ful Thank you to Berkley for giving me the opportunity to read this book early! I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is about Delia. She is a woman in the financial industry and she just got fired in a massive lay off and now she desperately wants another job. It's her birthday and she is drinking with her best friends/roommates and she makes a wish that she could be a guy so it would be easier to get a job in the sexist, male dominated world that she works in. The next morning, IT WORKED, she's a full fledged man and now she has to decide what to do. She ends up embracing it and taking risks she never had the confidence to before and it is such a fun and funny ride to watch. I love Freaky Friday and this retelling is spot on. You definitely have to suspend your disbelief and all of the jokes about her discovering her male anatomy are a little immature, but I chuckled so what does that say about me? I don't know. I'd definitely recommend you pick up this book if it sounds interesting! SPOILERS AHEAD: She has had a crush on a guy that she works adjacent to forever. They're good friends but she thinks she is fully friend zoned. However, when she's a guy she gets the truth that her friend loves her too. She also walks in and takes charge of a company she doesn't work for (so unrealistic) but then it all works out in the end because she got an insider tip. She only has the one day as a guy and then she realizes being herself is much better, but she also gets the guy and the job, so all is well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maree Repa

    Seeking Success I was absolutely thrilled to enjoy this delightful’ romantic novel. Written by Amanda Aksel. Such a marvellous and wonderful tale. Delia Reese who wants the chance to “Break through the Glass’Ceiling” from her recent job in Wall Street. Dealing with the fact of sexism and the total lack of respect and fairness from the opposite sex. When she decides it try something different from her time working in New York she finds herself depressed about ending up working as a cleaner!! Things Seeking Success I was absolutely thrilled to enjoy this delightful’ romantic novel. Written by Amanda Aksel. Such a marvellous and wonderful tale. Delia Reese who wants the chance to “Break through the Glass’Ceiling” from her recent job in Wall Street. Dealing with the fact of sexism and the total lack of respect and fairness from the opposite sex. When she decides it try something different from her time working in New York she finds herself depressed about ending up working as a cleaner!! Things goes a bit crazy now when she wakes up the following day as a man. She is now taller, has stubble, a penis and now even lost her breasts. Not knowing what do do she goes to her friends Frankie and Regina for help. * What is she going to do now? * Will she finally succeed? I simply loved this hilarious, wonderful and romantic tale. Such an fantastic and most excellent novel. With such brilliant and delightful characters that I all certainly enjoyed I have simply loved this most wonderful book. It was simply such an illuminating success!! Congratulations Amanda Askel! * I recommend this book to everyone!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to Berkley Romance for an advanced copy of Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel. The premise of this is fun, but unfortunately this book just didn't do it for me. This book was too juvenile for me. It felt like a YA novel to me with immature characters. I don't mind an occasional dick joke, but I swear there was a reference to it on every page. Also, the financial/corporate office scenes were just too unbelievable. Also, the romance was almost non-existant. Thanks to Berkley Romance for an advanced copy of Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel. The premise of this is fun, but unfortunately this book just didn't do it for me. This book was too juvenile for me. It felt like a YA novel to me with immature characters. I don't mind an occasional dick joke, but I swear there was a reference to it on every page. Also, the financial/corporate office scenes were just too unbelievable. Also, the romance was almost non-existant.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ryland

    Delia is struggling to land her dream job but keeps getting doors slammed in her face. She kind of wishes she were a guy and then wakes up .... and she is. I'm not really sure what genre to call this. Humorous adult contemporary? I was expecting a "She's the Man" situation where Delia gets fed up with misogyny and decides to present as a dude, but this is a literal body-swap book. (Well, not really a swap as I'm not sure what happens to Delia's body.) For me, Delia spent waaaaaaaay too much time Delia is struggling to land her dream job but keeps getting doors slammed in her face. She kind of wishes she were a guy and then wakes up .... and she is. I'm not really sure what genre to call this. Humorous adult contemporary? I was expecting a "She's the Man" situation where Delia gets fed up with misogyny and decides to present as a dude, but this is a literal body-swap book. (Well, not really a swap as I'm not sure what happens to Delia's body.) For me, Delia spent waaaaaaaay too much time fixating on her new male junk and not enough time trying to tear down the patriarchy. I feel like body swap books could use a 2021 makeover that takes into account modern ideas about gender identity but this was not that. That said, if you like humorous books, give this one a try and see if it works for you. Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! .oub

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Phelps

    Funny freaky Friday/Big story where a woman working in finance becomes a man.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cari

    Read for Booklist. A fun and fizzy read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I was drawn to this book because I totally understand where Delia was coming from trying to break into the world of finance as a woman. That was me a few years back. It is definitely a "boys" world and it is hard to be taken seriously. It can be done but the attitude that surrounds you can be tough to take at times.  Delia just wants to be recognized for her intelligence and what she can bring to the table. However, she is often overlooked because of her gender and that is a mistake for those com I was drawn to this book because I totally understand where Delia was coming from trying to break into the world of finance as a woman. That was me a few years back. It is definitely a "boys" world and it is hard to be taken seriously. It can be done but the attitude that surrounds you can be tough to take at times.  Delia just wants to be recognized for her intelligence and what she can bring to the table. However, she is often overlooked because of her gender and that is a mistake for those companies because they can't see what they are missing out on by not hiring her. In a strange fluke, she is changed into a man (on her birthday no less). It is quite comical to see her trying to deal with the male anatomy and how it sometimes has a mind of its own. She also isn't sure how to act around the guys as a guy. I had to chuckle at some of her attempts to start a conversation with the guys around the water cooler. What does she try and talk about? You'll have to read the book to find out and perhaps it will garner a chuckle or two from you. What it all boils down to is having the confidence to be yourself and go for what you want in life. It is sage advice she receives from a woman that she admires that has made it in the finance world. I have to agree with the advice, be confident no matter what you attempt and you will be taken seriously. While the concept isn't anything new, the writing style, humor, and supporting characters make this a book worth reading. There is even a romance brewing between Delia and Eric if they can both be open with each other....and assuming that Delia isn't forever stuck in a male body. We give this book 4 paws up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    The premise is extremely appealing. I was sold on 13 Going on 30 meets She's the Man. Both films are full of humor and small moments of something special. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me. Delia can't find a new job after four months of being laid off. Endless interviews and rejections have her bemoaning her struggle to get in with the bro club on Wall Street. On the eve of her birthday, she blows out a candle, wishing she was a man with all the perks and advantages. She wakes up t The premise is extremely appealing. I was sold on 13 Going on 30 meets She's the Man. Both films are full of humor and small moments of something special. Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me. Delia can't find a new job after four months of being laid off. Endless interviews and rejections have her bemoaning her struggle to get in with the bro club on Wall Street. On the eve of her birthday, she blows out a candle, wishing she was a man with all the perks and advantages. She wakes up the following morning in a man's body and the cajones to take on the financial world. For me, I could have used more girl power and less genitalia focus. It was amusing at first but the repetition was excessive. I either needed it to be more character focused and/or romance driven. I would have loved to see more about how Delia faced sexism in the workplace and her efforts to improve it in her sphere. Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the advanced copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    *cue Taylor Swift’s The Man* This book featured such a unique story. Delia is searching for a job and is not having any luck. She chalks this up to being a female in a male dominated field. The night before her birthday she makes a wish and the next day she wakes up a man. She decides to use her new exterior to her advantage. I really loved seeing Delia’s thought processes during her time as a man. And how she came into her own as a woman too. This was a fun and quick read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jodie (That Happy Reader)

    Delia Reese is a bright, educated woman who is desperate to receive a Wall Street position. Several months ago, she lost her financial position due to downsizing. She knows she is just as qualified as the men she’s competing with, yet is never offered a position. Things have been so bleak in her job search that she’s been cleaning homes for a living in order to make her share of the expenses in a shared apartment. After yet another failed interview, she and her roommates talk about her situation Delia Reese is a bright, educated woman who is desperate to receive a Wall Street position. Several months ago, she lost her financial position due to downsizing. She knows she is just as qualified as the men she’s competing with, yet is never offered a position. Things have been so bleak in her job search that she’s been cleaning homes for a living in order to make her share of the expenses in a shared apartment. After yet another failed interview, she and her roommates talk about her situation over several bottles of wine. It happens to be the eve of Delia’s birthday and she wishes out loud that wants to have the advantages that men have. When she awakens the next morning, much to her surprise, her wish has come true. Delia is living in the body of man. This sudden change creates a whole other list of problems she’s never considered. In turn, it also allows her to experience the corporate world through a completely different lens. This was a humorous look at the inequities between the genders. I found it to be a fun, cute read combined with the more serious discussion on some of the challenges facing women today. There were definitely elements of the book that were unbelievable, but if the reader looks past this they will see the book for it’s entertainment value. The roommates are interesting supporting characters and were well used in this story. A friends to lovers trope is also part of this tale, but certainly not the predominant theme. On a more negative note, alcohol seemed to be a part of every gathering in this book and was not required to the extent it was included. I also found the extremely frequent reference to the male anatomy to be excessive.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    This was a fun and fast paced read!! I laughed so hard while reading certain parts. Thank you to the author and publisher for my gifted copy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    workreadsleeprepeat (Shannon H)

    Delia Suits Up 💼💄 Thank you to @berkleypub for an advanced copy of Delia Suits Up #partner This 13 Going on 30, Freaky Friday, and She’s The Man like book was so fun!! Delia is a woman struggling to find her place on Wall Street when one freaky night leads to her winding up in a mans body with what seems like all the right parts to get her her dream job. This book highlights the struggles of fitting into “a mans world” and shows how in order for Delia to get her dream job she has to work twice as h Delia Suits Up 💼💄 Thank you to @berkleypub for an advanced copy of Delia Suits Up #partner This 13 Going on 30, Freaky Friday, and She’s The Man like book was so fun!! Delia is a woman struggling to find her place on Wall Street when one freaky night leads to her winding up in a mans body with what seems like all the right parts to get her her dream job. This book highlights the struggles of fitting into “a mans world” and shows how in order for Delia to get her dream job she has to work twice as hard or somehow prove that both her and Richard are just as capable to do the same job. Mix in a little friends to lovers romance and I was hooked! I read this book in less than day and i automatically want to put a finished copy on my shelves! This book was funny and witty and romantic and girl-power strong and it was just perfect! Thanks again @berkleypub for the e-copy in exchange for my honest review! I had so much fun readthing this one with @lovearctually and discussing it with the author!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brittany | chasingmrdarcy

    Thank you so much to Berkley, Net Galley, and Amanda Aksel for an advanced reader copy of Delia Suits Up in exchange for an honest review. Genre: Women’s Fiction Pub Date: August 3, 2021 Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Delia Suits Up was nothing like I expected and everything I needed in a book right now. This story follows Delia as she makes a wish to be a man basically. She works in the financial field, and she is constantly overlooked for positions that are given to her often under-qualified male counterp Thank you so much to Berkley, Net Galley, and Amanda Aksel for an advanced reader copy of Delia Suits Up in exchange for an honest review. Genre: Women’s Fiction Pub Date: August 3, 2021 Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Delia Suits Up was nothing like I expected and everything I needed in a book right now. This story follows Delia as she makes a wish to be a man basically. She works in the financial field, and she is constantly overlooked for positions that are given to her often under-qualified male counterparts. After being laid off following a merger, her best friend (and crush) Eric rebounds quickly, finding a great job. Delia has no such luck, and the men in the field dismiss her essentially. So, she wishes to be a man so that she can take the bull by the horns and establish dominance in the profession…and she gets her wish! This book is charming, endearing, engaging, and at times, all to close to home for me re: working in a male dominated profession. I identified so much with Delia’s struggle to make the men in her profession see her as an equal, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve thought, “if only I were a man, I wouldn’t have to work this hard to have my REAL work recognized for its value.” Honestly, as I read this book, The Man by Taylor Swift played constantly in my head. We live in a world where women are “punished” for the same things men are celebrated for, and where women are often overlooked as not knowing our place when we attempt to push outside the box. This book tackles that narrative head on, and it shows how Delia is received once she’s perceived as a man. And, it’s frightening to think about how spot on the treatment of Delia (ie, Richard as a man) lines up with my expectations for how women and men are treated in the workplace. The author really nailed the dynamic in the financial industry, and again, I just felt seen. I also enjoyed Delia’s little crush on Eric, and the will they/won’t they aspect of the book was fun. I liked the way this story played out, although I did feel the ending was a bit rushed. And, I’m not sure I’m convinced Delia would just end up with the dream job after all the stunts she pulled, but in a fiction story, I’ll go with it. Not that she didn’t deserve a dream job, because she totally did, I’m just not sure it would have worked out that smoothly in real life. Overall, this book was exactly what I needed, and it really hit home for me in a lot of ways. Thank you again for the advanced copy!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    Aksel takes you by surprise in this charming book with a twist on females in a male focused industry in Delia Suits Up. Ever wondered what it would be like for you in life if you had been born the opposite sex? Well in this book, Delia’s wish comes true and she suddenly wake up a male, and suddenly a chance to shake things up a bit and just go for what she, I mean he, wants.  I found this unique storyline entertaining and fun, with a great message about confidence and not giving up. While I hated Aksel takes you by surprise in this charming book with a twist on females in a male focused industry in Delia Suits Up. Ever wondered what it would be like for you in life if you had been born the opposite sex? Well in this book, Delia’s wish comes true and she suddenly wake up a male, and suddenly a chance to shake things up a bit and just go for what she, I mean he, wants.  I found this unique storyline entertaining and fun, with a great message about confidence and not giving up. While I hated that we give such a voice to the good ole boys mentality in the workplace, I think the author does a great job of making it work for her plot line, and gives her MC a chance to show herself she can do anything, even as a female trapped inside a man’s body. What starts off as a bit of a catastrophe in Delia’s life, soon turns into Richard being able to live in the moment and go for it both in work and in her personal life. While I could have dealt with less of the book’s focus on waking up with certain body parts, I can see how that may make sense to many waking up in strange body of the opposite sex — it certainly made for plenty of comedic relief in this book too! I would’ve loved if there had been more about Delia and her crush’s relationship giving it a more rounded out feel instead, their part of the story was my favorite and I could’ve read so much more about them!  SO much love for Delia’s BFFs in the story, they were the best supporting characters and a highlight of the book for me - dying to know if Amanda’s considering writing a series featuring them!  Overall a cute, quick read that I recommend picking up for something fun & different if you’re a contemporary romance reader & would love to see more females get what they deserve in the workplace! A huge thank you to the author herself, and to NetGalley & Berkley Publishing for connecting my virtual book club with a chance to read this title prior to publication date, we’re looking forward to chatting with Amanda on Zoom for our end of book discussion! 

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    If you could spend a day as the member of the opposite sex would you do it? Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel is a hilarious book about Delia Reese, who can’t seem to get a new job after being laid off from her previous position in a NYC finance office despite her stellar resume. Delia sees that her male counter parts have landed at other agencies which leads her to feel like she would have better luck if she were a man. After yet another interview where she feels defeated, she has a drunken evening If you could spend a day as the member of the opposite sex would you do it? Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel is a hilarious book about Delia Reese, who can’t seem to get a new job after being laid off from her previous position in a NYC finance office despite her stellar resume. Delia sees that her male counter parts have landed at other agencies which leads her to feel like she would have better luck if she were a man. After yet another interview where she feels defeated, she has a drunken evening with her roommates and finds herself wishing that she was a man. In a Freaky Friday/13 going on 30 type twist, Delia wakes up the next morning having gotten her wish and is a man. She’s determined to use her new body to get what she wants in life and climb the corporate ladder. This book was such a funny and enjoyable read! As a female litigator, I definitely felt some of Delia’s frustrations in the beginning of this book, so I thought the premise was fun and interesting. I can say that if I had the chance to see what life would be like as a man for a day, I would take it in a heartbeat. This book was funny and lighthearted but also carried such a powerful message within it which I really loved. Within this fun story is also a sweet friends-to-lovers story which, if you know me, is 100% my jam. So that added to everything I already loved about this book. I also LOVED Delia’s roommates! You have to suspend reality for this one but that was part of the fun of this book. This is an easy and quick read and it made me smile the whole time. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for a fun read full of heart and humor. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Delia Suits Up is available August 3, 2021! Be sure to check it out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allie B I Literally Booked Solid

    Thank you Berkley Romance and NetGalley for the advanced copy. Delia is down on her luck. After being laid off from her financial planning job she's forced to work as a cleaning lady , unable to find a job after all interviews have led to dead ends. When a drunken game of Truth or Dare leads to Delia turning into a man, she takes it upon herself to grab life by the balls (literally) and go for everything she's ever wanted. Witnessing Delia turn into "Richard" and all the antics that followed, Del Thank you Berkley Romance and NetGalley for the advanced copy. Delia is down on her luck. After being laid off from her financial planning job she's forced to work as a cleaning lady , unable to find a job after all interviews have led to dead ends. When a drunken game of Truth or Dare leads to Delia turning into a man, she takes it upon herself to grab life by the balls (literally) and go for everything she's ever wanted. Witnessing Delia turn into "Richard" and all the antics that followed, Delia Suits Up is comical and entertaining. I laughed out loud so many times. Although the book is a quick read, it doesn't shy away from harder topics, such as sexism, self-confidence and empowerment. I appreciated the journey of gaining confidence that Delia went through. It's hard being a woman, especially in male dominated industries, and through her experience, Delia was able to find her voice and a sense of self that she was afraid to pull out after she was laid off. I rooted for Delia the entire book and wanted her to succeed and win her happily ever after. I adored her crush Eric, and the scenes with Eric and Richard/Delia completely melted my heart. I want a man that speaks about me the way that Eric speaks about Delia. Eric was extremely loyal to Delia and just the best guy. As I was reading, I kept picturing the movie What Women Want, when Mel Gibson tries on all the feminine products, including wax and pantyhose. I'm honestly not sure I would do if I woke up as a man, but I can tell you that it definitely would be a complete culture shock! I loved discussing the book with the @lovearctually crew and Amanda, hearing about her writing process and the long journey this book has taken. Delia Suits Up is out August 3.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Darrah

    Delia is an out-of-work but once successful investment banker who can’t seem to find her place in the industry after being laid off during a merger. She’s seen most of her former male colleagues effortlessly reenter the workplace, while she’s currently scrubbing the toilets of potential clients. Delia and her roommates make some wild birthday wishes during a drunken game of “truth or dare”, and when Delia wakes up, she realizes the wish has somehow come true. The blurb bills this book as a bit of Delia is an out-of-work but once successful investment banker who can’t seem to find her place in the industry after being laid off during a merger. She’s seen most of her former male colleagues effortlessly reenter the workplace, while she’s currently scrubbing the toilets of potential clients. Delia and her roommates make some wild birthday wishes during a drunken game of “truth or dare”, and when Delia wakes up, she realizes the wish has somehow come true. The blurb bills this book as a bit of a mashup of “13 Going on 30” and “She’s the Man” and I think that nails it! It has the fantastical element of “13 Going on 30” by wishing for something so hard, and being totally out of your element when it actually comes true. If you’ve seen “She’s The Man”, you’ll definitely see those similarities play out as well. There’s even a nod to Shakespeare in one part of the story. I laughed so stinkin’ hard many times while reading. The… I guess I’ll be adultish and say penis, but I prefer to say weiner… jokes and situations were hysterical to me. My kids were like, “Mom, WHAT IS SO FUNNY?” and it just made me laugh harder. Know going in there will be a LOT of penis talk. There’s a side of a bit of romance involved, and the friend interactions are incredibly authentic and fun. Ansel’s story flows effortlessly, and if you’re like me, you can easily binge this in a sitting! Congrats on the Berkley debut Amanda! Several members of LoveARCtually got a chance to read this together and chat with Amanda. Thanks to the club and Berkley Pub for a digital review copy of Delia Suits Up! BTW-she has a lovely author’s note at the beginning discussing the sensitivities of gender and how it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” construct that I think sets a really good tone leading into the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    Delia Suits Up is an entertaining women's fiction that will hook readers with a unique plot. Amanda Askel tackles the subject of sexism in the workplace to a T. Delia is a smart and talented woman who is looking for a new job in the business and finance world. She has all the qualifications but because she is a woman she normally gets overlooked. Delia is down in the dumps just as her birthday is approaching. Her friends try to cheer her up with a fun night of drinks and Truth or Dare. Delia mak Delia Suits Up is an entertaining women's fiction that will hook readers with a unique plot. Amanda Askel tackles the subject of sexism in the workplace to a T. Delia is a smart and talented woman who is looking for a new job in the business and finance world. She has all the qualifications but because she is a woman she normally gets overlooked. Delia is down in the dumps just as her birthday is approaching. Her friends try to cheer her up with a fun night of drinks and Truth or Dare. Delia makes a birthday wish to be a man so she could finally get the job she wants and the recognition she deserves. And when she wakes up the next morning, her wish came true. Delia is Richard Allen. Being a man is different territory for Delia so she doesn't even know where to begin. But you can already sense newfound confidence in her. After she and her friends get over the initial shock, they convince her to go into the firm she applied for and demand that job. First things first, she has to get her phone back. She ends up hearing important information about a deal. So, she goes into the office and pretends to be an important colleague. She is soon making her mark in the office. Her dialogue is funny and witty. And there is even a bit of romance that readers will swoon over. I give Delia Suits Up 4 stars. It's a book that gives you a perspective on women in the workplace. The author does it in an effective way that doesn't come off in a complaining way but in a way that admits the hard truth. I loved the anticipation of the romance between Delia and her best friend Eric. So many good things about this book!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caroline | howdidthatbookend

    Read the complete review on my blog: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/del... Thank you to Amanda Aksel, Berkley and @loveARCtually for a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. Delia is upset that even though she is a wiz in her field, she keeps getting turned down for job prospects just because she isn't part of the Good Ole Boys club. And then one day, she wakes up in a man's body and is suddenly ready to take on the world! This fun little escape reality is perfect for fans of She's Th Read the complete review on my blog: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/del... Thank you to Amanda Aksel, Berkley and @loveARCtually for a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. Delia is upset that even though she is a wiz in her field, she keeps getting turned down for job prospects just because she isn't part of the Good Ole Boys club. And then one day, she wakes up in a man's body and is suddenly ready to take on the world! This fun little escape reality is perfect for fans of She's The Man, Freaky Friday, and 13 Going On 30. The highlight for me was Delia's friendship with her roommates. I loved how even though she woke up in a different body, it took very little convincing for Frankie and Regina to be like "okay, you're a man now, let's do this!". I certainly wouldn't have been so understanding if I were Regina and there was suddenly a strange man in my bedroom. Their support throughout Delia's day was awesome, from getting her dressed in Frankie's clothes to meeting up for lunch and drinks to check on her. I also enjoyed the overall theme of Delia trying to find her confidence. She learned to claim what was hers and to speak up for herself, even once she switched back into her own body. I would have liked to see a lot more of the romance between Delia and Eric and how it played out once they were coworkers. It never really acknowledged whether office romances were acceptable in their line of work, but after Delia put so much effort into being acknowledged I feel like an office romance would unfortunately be another thing to set her back. Not that it's fair that she would be thought less of and not Eric, but that's the way things go! There was a LOT of dick humor in this book, so if that bothers you it might be a turnoff. In my household, dick humor is almost as common as fart humor, which is to say nearly constant. So this didn’t bother me, but I know some other Bookstagrammers that felt it was a little over-the-top. The office scenes also didn’t seem terribly realistic to me. I found it hard to believe that a strange man could just waltz into an investment banking firm and everyone would just believe he was who he said he was without checking his ID. Or even ask for a business card, or call the guy who supposedly sent him to check? Especially with technology these days, everyone’s picture is online. Overall, this is a fun, quick read. Some suspension of belief is required, but I really enjoyed the escape!

  29. 4 out of 5

    KC

    What would you do if you woke up one morning as the opposite sex?? I love movies like 13 Going On 30, Big, What Women Want, She’s The Man and Freaky Friday with that magical realism of becoming another person, gender or age. There’s always super funny parts when they realize and navigate the change and what they learn from the experience. Well, Delia Suits Up is all of that in book form! Delia is struggling as a female in the corporate financial world and one night wishes she were a man, thinkin What would you do if you woke up one morning as the opposite sex?? I love movies like 13 Going On 30, Big, What Women Want, She’s The Man and Freaky Friday with that magical realism of becoming another person, gender or age. There’s always super funny parts when they realize and navigate the change and what they learn from the experience. Well, Delia Suits Up is all of that in book form! Delia is struggling as a female in the corporate financial world and one night wishes she were a man, thinking that would make all her problems easier. When she wakes up the next morning as a man, she has to learn to navigate herself and the world as Richard. This was a fun, quick read. I laughed quite a bit. Might have snort laughed. Maybe. I adored the primary side characters, her roommates, cousins Regina and Frankie, and their reactions to their new male roommate were hysterical. The love story was pretty sweet too. The story definitely requires that suspension of disbelief needed for these types magical and satirical stories. There was a lot of focus on Delia’s reaction to new male body parts (which are apparently very distracting 😉😂) and I could have done with a little less of that, I don’t know maybe dudes are really that obsessed with their parts? Overall, the premise was great, I cheered along the female empowerment vibe and I laughed. The roommates were so fun, I’d love to see a future book about either of them. Thank you so much to Berkeley and the author for the advanced copy in exchange for my review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.

    Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel is the story of Delia Reese, a woman determined to climb the corporate ladder. The only problem is that hiring managers at big corporations won't give her a chance, and she believes that if she had the same advantages that men are given in the corporate world she'd be all set. Then, Delia wakes up and discovers that somehow, overnight, she's had an unexpected makeover and she enters into the financial world as a man, This book was such a fun, light, and quirky read! Delia Suits Up by Amanda Aksel is the story of Delia Reese, a woman determined to climb the corporate ladder. The only problem is that hiring managers at big corporations won't give her a chance, and she believes that if she had the same advantages that men are given in the corporate world she'd be all set. Then, Delia wakes up and discovers that somehow, overnight, she's had an unexpected makeover and she enters into the financial world as a man, This book was such a fun, light, and quirky read! The premise of the story certainly requires some suspension of reality with Delia's unexpected overnight transformation and some of the subsequent events. The premise kept me turning the pages, and I appreciated the sexism and commentary on societal gender roles in the workplace that was woven into this novel. I also enjoyed Delia's growth and increased confidence over the course of the story. At times, some of the dialogue and humor was a little over the top and locker room-esque as Delia took on the role of Richard. Overall, this one was such a cute and enjoyable read with a unique premise! I would absolutely recommend this for contemporary readers looking for a light read with plenty of humor, excellent bestie supporting characters, and some female empowerment! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalleyfor the ARC of this title, which did not affect the contents of my voluntary review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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