Initially, The Unprofessionals is fresh and vibrant and invites one into an interior landscape that is both very funny and acutely perceptive, describing current cultural trends that remind one of the dissolution of our world so often depicted in environmental terms. You start off thinking that perhaps this will be a brilliantly hilarious cautionary tale. However, as you read on, the conversations between the narrator and her young friend, known only as "the boy," begin to take on a droning quality. As an avid consumer of literature, I am inclined only to praise and admire anyone who can write a coherent book of any kind. This novel is smart, informed, witty, and most engaging. Alas, I admit to requiring more shape and, yes, case history in my reading material. I found myself thinking, "Enough cleverness! Enough despair! Give me some meat and potatoes!" To those who read looking for sustenance, this novel is slim pickings.