Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, mothers to be, and special women in the world!🌻
Today appropriately I am bringing you a review for a humorous book that is all about the complexities of the mother daughter relationship… my middle child Peyton is my only daughter, she is 20 now and is one of my best friends… we’ve had our moments, especially when she was a teenager, and I am probably the most annoying person in the world to her, but isn’t that my job as her mother?😉 I think this book will be a fun read for anyone who has been a mother or a daughter…
*** release date August 2018
4 Spoiled and Silly Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.
Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she’s ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?
Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)
4 Silly Spoiled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book was such a FUN read for me… it had a slight vibe of a Sophie Kinsella Book, and that is a huge compliment coming from me…. The characters were all over the top, some of the things that happen were quite ridiculous… but for me it just was delightful and made me laugh out loud…. it is a book that does not take itself too seriously, so to thoroughly enjoy it you have to be in that state of mind…
Lou has just graduated from Columbia university, and she doesn’t quite know what she wants to do with her life yet…. so she moves back in with her parents in LA…. The biggest problem…. Mama Shell The worlds greatest helicopter mother….Mama Shell wants to control everything in Lou’s life her wardrobe, her hair, her boyfriend, her food, her job, etc. etc. etc. so not only does Lou have to sneak carbs… she has a serious boyfriend she has yet to tell her parents about…. The relationship between mother and daughter was complicated yet hilarious… they were two people that love each other so much and yet we’re so different from one another that things went a little sideways…..
This book is told from Lou’s point of view, primarily through journal entries…Lou lives a privilege life and always has, so she might not be relatable to a lot of people…. and even though I grew up in the LA area, I know I was not quite as privileged as Lou, but still her problems were her problems to her….. I mean money cannot buy you a problem free life, the wealthy have their problems as well…. such as which car they’re going to drive to work that day or what vacation house they’re going to vacation in that weekend, you know… problems!😉
The only place this book fell a little short for me was in the relationship between Lou and Theo…. I really could not understand why Theo was OK with her keeping him a secret…. I thought it was pretty obvious that Lou didn’t think he was good enough for her parents, even though she didn’t see it that way…. and who was Theo? In a book filled with such lively colorful characters, we really had no idea who he was other than the fact that he was a skinny chef…. i’d really like a book to follow this up… Theo and his interactions with the family, and then perhaps some flashback scenes as to how they met….
Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a fun book that might be a little vapid at times, but it’s all in good humor…
*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
Have a lovely day,