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From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-mai
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Touchstone (first published June 1st 2012)
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I’ve read and enjoyed chick lit. This isn’t one of those chick lit books.

Deirdre Gibson is the personal assistant and social media genius behind her older brother, Tag’s, rise to fame and fortune as a new-age guru. She is unsure, lacks confidence, and is certain that any guy who shows interest in her must be just trying to get to her brother. When her brother interferes once too often in her personal life, she abruptly quits and in a vodka-fueled stroke of inspiration starts an internet campaign
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Jackie
My personal harbinger of summer landed on my desk recently--Claire Cook's latest book "Wallflower in Bloom". Cook's strength is writing about women who, for one reason or another, are reinventing themselves. Humor is another of her great strengths, so her stories will first make you laugh, and then make you think "I could do something like that". It's no wonder she has legions of friends/fans who think of her like a sister.

This time around, she introduces us to Deirdre, who works as a personal
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Geri
I got this book free through Goodreads First Reads. I love Claire Cook's books. They're alway a joy to read. Deidre Griffin was born a middle child. She always felt left out. Not very special. Invisible. After college she ends up working for her famous brother like the rest of her family. Until one day she's had enough of him controlling her not so great life and she quits. Getting a little too drunk while surfing the internet she reads that one of the guest stars from Dancing With the Stars has ...more
Red Ferry
'Once you get past the rocky parts, mid-life can really rock' this says it all, if you haven't read Claire Cook's novels before or are already a fan, you are going to love this one. Deidre Griffin is personal assistant to her famous guru brother, 24/7, so that she has no life of her own, until she drunk-posts herself, using her brother's huge online following which she created, and gets herself voted onto "Dancing with the Stars", hysterically funny, insightful and inspiring!
Beth
I was lucky to get my hands on a pre-release copy of Wallflower in Bloom, and I read it in one day. Claire Cook knows how to spin a tale in ways that are as unique as her characters and their circumstances. This was a fun, wonderfully quirky read, and Cook’s trademark humor is at its best. It’s a story that proves how freeing it can be to break through the barriers of insecurity, take a chance, and dance to the beat of your own drummer.
Louise
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Touchstone|June 5, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4516-7276-3

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Must Love Dogs comes a winning and witty new novel about a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself “dancing with the stars.”

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s just not her own. She’s the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be a
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Nancy
Why have I not read Claire Cook's books before? Why is she not be best friend?

The protagonist, Deirdre Griffin, has third child syndrome. She has a golden child oldest brother, a perfect and outgoing older sister, and the adorable little sister referred to and called throughout the book "Joanie Baloney." If a caboose child had been added to this family, I might have related a little bit better. Still, she has the third child syndrome down pat. She's overlooked, feelings get hurt, feels overshado
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Cheryl
I got my copy of this book by winning a sweepstakes to go to Lake Austin Spa & Resort in Austin, TX. While there, I got to meet Claire and attend a Garden Book Party to celebrate the launch of the book. So, you might think that makes me biased. Maybe it does.

I have read all of Claire's books. This one really speaks to me, as I identify with Deidre. No, I don't have a famous brother who drives me crazy, or a family like hers. But we all have insecurities, especially women. And most of our in
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Amy
I hope none of you are surprised when I say this book is fantastic! But aren't all of Claire's books fantastic? Through out the story I was rooting and cheering Deidre on, hoping her story would turn out to be a happy ending. In order to find this out you have to read it.

Even though I'm an only child, many times in my life I didn't feel like I fit in. In grammar school there was this one girl who always got the As, always behaved well, always got along with everyone, and overall was just perfec
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Kelly Gomez
I won this book as a First Reads on Good Reads and I couldn't put it down. I have never read anything by Claire Cook before and I am adding all of her books to my to-read list! I was actually late for work because I was hooked after the first few chapters. Call it my youngest child-syndrome but I related perfectly to the main character. It was an easy and amusing read. It gave me hope and inspiration for the light at the end of the tunnel.
Cheryl
Deirdre Griffin has the job that lots of women would kill for. Deidre is manager for her brother, Tag. Tag is a famous guru. Women all over are falling for Tag and his words of wisdom. Deirdre is meeting with an event manager for her brother, Tag. While at the hotel, Deirdre receives a unexpected surprise. A man walks into her hotel room, whie Deirdre is in a stage of undress with her granny panty style under wear, brushing her teeth, looking like a rabid dog foaming at the mouth. As if things c ...more
Bill
Don't look at me like that. Sure, 3 stars means I did like this book, and I'm not even in the target demographic (a bit too male). I'm allowed to read something different once in a while. And enjoy it. So there. Besides, I like Dancing with the Stars.

What worked for me: The deadpan voice of the first-person narrator. Given her messed up personal situation and her hapless reactions, she could have some across as whining. By keeping her reasonably level-headed, the author makes it possible for us
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Zen
Deirdre has always lived in the shadow of her family, especially her brother, Tag: musician slash new age guru slash It guy. So when she finally loses it at one of their confrontations, she quits her job as his personal assistant. Using her brother's fame, she volunteered herself to be a replacement contestant for Dancing With The Stars. Thus begins her journey as a wallflower ready to bloom.

The story was okay, the pop culture references was expected since it talked a lot about social media and
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Vox
I think I have another girl crush. And Claire Cook, I'm talking about you, sister.

Before we begin this review, please stop what you're doing and get yourself a copy of Wallflower in Bloom. You're welcome.

Deirdre Griffin is approaching middle age and doesn't have a whole lot to show for it. Her life is consumed by her brother, Tag, an advice guru (as Deirdre puts it, "Think Deepak Chopra meets Bono") with millions of followers happily paying to hear such chiasmi slogans as "You don't have to be a
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Kathleen
In this novel, her ninth, local author Claire Cook manages to connect contemporary pop/social media (e.g., “Dancing With the Stars,” Facebook, Twitter, one dimensional self-help gurus), and our fascination/addiction to them. Holding the plot together is a “family” business, a motivational speaker, selling his message using a grammatical format, which is part of his family’s tradition and catches the ear of his audience. The parents’ commitment to insert “chiasmus” (the reader may need to do a bi ...more
JoyAnne
Cook has written a hilarious, enjoyable book. It's not often a book makes me laugh but I did get a few chuckles out of this one. Deidre is tired of living in her brothers shadow, tired of being her personal assistant sister. She decides to change things and that she does! I really enjoyed the Dancing With The Stars challenge she takes on, her character begins to bloom and you like the person she's becoming.


A wonderfully written story that you won't want to put down. It gets 5 stars from me.
Janet
What a fun read! Have you ever felt invisible? Everyone take you for granted? Well, that's the story of Deirdre who works for her famous brother Tag.

Fan of Dancing With the Stars? You'll love this...our Deidre gets mad, gets drunk and manages to land on the show.

The story is good in you root for her to be free and to work things out. I couldn't wait to see what happened.

Enjoy!
Mohawkgrl
My first Claire Cook and perhaps my last. This is more Danielle Steele than Danielle Steele, which I've never been into. Couldn't wait to finish this sappy, 'it's all about me' drivel. Sorry this is harsh but just not my cuppa. One star for effort but barely. :/
Bridget Lewis
Claire Cook has a very unique style of writing that I'm not sure I like, but the book was a good read and I really enjoyed it. Wallflower in Bloom is definitely not what you expect it to be, which makes it all the more interesting in the end.
Shannon
This is an extremely quick fun read!!! I loved this book! It sucked me in and kept me going to the end!!!
Teresa
This book was very enjoyable. It held your attention and had a nice flow to it.
Judy Collins
As usual, Claire Cook know how to make you laugh in “Wallflower in Bloom”! I listened to the audio version read by Cassandra Campbell which I love as well – so perfect for the part.

Love the way Claire always has her strong women characters inventing themselves and the wonderful journey along the way, full of obstacles and stepping stones. The sense of humor in all her books make them fun to read or to listen to and inspires you to be your best!

Bringing in DWTS was so cool, as Deirdre has lived i
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Cherie Kasper
This book is a whimsical fast read that you will enjoy from beginning to end. Dierdre has no life of her own, in fact, most all the family was that way. Tag, her brother was the star of his life and everyone elses.
It took most of Dierdre's life up to the story for her to realize how little of a life she had of her own. She worked for Tag 24/7, plus more. She planned everything he did and everywhere he went. Even some of what he said.
But, was this going to be a turning point in her life??? Will
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Shelly Bell
Really looking forward to reading and reviewing this book!
Angela
totally perfect as always.
Cathy
Perfect summer beach read!
Connie N.
What a delightful book! I had no expectations with this one and was very happily surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Our main characters is Deirdre, personal assistant to her brother who is some sort of New Age guru. He is extremely charismatic, very popular, but a typical older brother. They are constantly bickering in a very amusing childish sort of way. For instance, she'll call him a jerk and he'll say, "I know you are but what am I?" Deirdre is the middle child of a large hippy-ish sort of ...more
Donna Radcliff
I loved this book. A laugh-out-loud-funny, sometimes heartbreaking book that is perfect for a quick summer read. It has a little bit of everything: aging hippies, a new agey-Yanni-like spirtual guru, snarky sisters, The Grateful Dead, Facebook and Twitter, Dancing With The Stars, and, oh yes, lots and lots of chiasmus (a chiamus is a figure of speech where two or more clauses are reversed on themselves to make a larger point....such as "love is all you need, and all you need is love" or "when th ...more
Lisa B.
My Thoughts


Deirdre is surrounded by family whose lives all center on her guru brother Tag. Along with that, everyone she encounters wants to use her as their way to get to Tag. Does anyone like Deirdre just for herself and not her connection to her brother? Her stepping out to do DWTS is going to be a true test of who she is and who she might become.

Every once in awhile I want to just read a simple, fun book and boy, did this one fit the bill. It was light, fluffy, airy - and I mean this as a co
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Wendy Hines
Wallflower in Bloom is an off-beat entertaining read that will hook you from page one. Deidre is the middle child, and not being one of those myself, I can't relate, but it's not a good place to be. She's invisible. Everything goes to the oldest and youngest, and Deidre is always left out. When she gets out of college, she goes to work with her famous brother Tag, a self-help guru, as his personal assistant.

Tag is very demanding and her life isn't going so great right now anyway. She just found
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Reinvention is the story of my books and my life. I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 45. At 50, I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

I’ve just reinvented myself again by writing my first nonfiction book, Never Too Late, to share everything I’ve learned on my own journey that might help you
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