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Summer Blowout

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  2,469 Ratings  ·  339 Reviews
Bella Shaughnessy is addicted to lipstick with names like My Chihuahua Bites and Kiss My Lips, an occupational hazard, since she works as a stylist and makeup artist for her family's small chain of beauty salons in Marshbury, Massachusetts, along with her four half-brothers and -sisters. The owner is her father, Lucky Shaughnessy, a gregarious, three-times-divorced charmer ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Voice
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Jun 27, 2013 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
three and half stars. It was a good, quick beach read but I hate when the title and cover falsely make the reader believe they are actually picking up a book that has something to do with summer or the beach as this story really didn't have either. Story line focuses around a family owned hair salon and the main character dealing with her half sister stealing her ex husband.
Jul 19, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick_lit
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Jun 03, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chick-lit readers.
I LOVED this book. It was like sitting down to watch a favorite sitcom. Claire Cook also wrote Must Love Dogs, which is the movie Jason and I saw the day we got engaged, and we had absolutely loved it. So I thought surely another book by the same author would be just as good if not better. And I was so right, Claire Cook did not disappoint! 3 days was all it took for me to tear through this book, I just couldn't manage to put it down, and that's fast for me. I loved all the girly descriptions of ...more
Mar 17, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a great cover and a great title, but it was totally bland. Cliched characters, way too much dog and the main character had some of the ditziest opinions I've ever seen. She actually questioned why a state needs representation in Washington and considers Nancy Pelosi a celebrity. I hope the author isn't this misinformed and she was just being humorous. At any rate, skip this's truly not funny and doesn't live up to it's breezy, pretty cover.
Aug 08, 2015 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect summer read!

I loved the characters, even the ones I hated. And I always love Claire Cook's humor. It was a perfect, light, lazy summer afternoon read.
Feb 27, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't like it as much as some, but there were laughs. Bella works for her father, (as do all of his family) at one of his hair and beauty salons. As might be expected, she is obsessed with lipstick and make up, and this is mentioned about every other page. Her ex is now sleeping with her half sister, which causes a lot of tension! Bella swears off men, but of course meets Ryan at a college fair and eventually falls for him.
Aug 31, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
My Review of Summer Blowout by Claire Cook

Claire Cook once again ventures into the genre of the “living is easy” summer beach read with her latest book, Summer Blowout. Bella Shaughnessy’s fascination with makeup, particularly lipsticks with names such as Kiss My Lips or Catfight, is the daughter of loving but divorced Irish parents. Her father, Lucky, was married three times, but still holds a place in his heart for Bella’s mother. He has a mania for all things Italian ever since their honeymoo
Jul 21, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Every summer I dream of lounging on the beach and reading paperback novel after paperback novel. Every summer I'm stuck at home for one reason or another (no vacation time, no money, you name it). Instead, I head to my local library and look for books I'd imagine myself reading on the beach, bring them home with me, and pretend. Claire Cook's books always fit the bill, so I recently checked out Summer Blowout.

Bella was a quirky, fun narrator.

Her family was delightfully rambunctious.

That's what I
Jul 12, 2008 Monie rated it it was amazing
After 10 years of marriage Bella Shaughnessy’s husband leaves her and after the divorce he starts dating Bella’s half-sister Sophia. To make matters worse all of Lucky Shaughnessy’s children, from 3 different wives, work for Lucky in his hair salon/make up artist business so Bella has to work with Sophia on a daily basis.

On one of her make-up artist gigs Bella meets Sean Ryan. Bella however is still hurting over her ex and her sister’s betrayal so she keeps him at arm’s length and just when Sean
Jul 24, 2010 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fluffy, fun summer read. A tale around a truly modern family where wives, ex-wives, half-and full siblings, gays, straights, you name it, are all blended into one crazy mess that seems to work for all of them as they strive to keep the family chain of beauty salons going. Bella is trying to deal with her recent divorce, made all the more painful because the "other woman" is actually her younger, beloved half-sister. But in this family there is no running away from personal problems. The ...more
Sep 10, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
Bella is furious and heartbroken. Her ex-husband was stolen by her half-sister, Sophia, BEFORE he was her ex. She is done with men and doesn't ever want to see Sophia again. The last is a little difficult since her father owns a number of beauty salons in Boston and the whole family works in the business....inlcuding two of his ex-wives. While working at a college fair, she meets Sean Ryan, an entrepreneur who is attracted to Bella. Bella likes Sean, but is afraid to let herself fall in love aga ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Krissy
What a great, summer book to read and then finish out near a lake waiting for fireworks.
Bella's family owns a chain hair salons in Marshbury, MA. Her father, Lucky Shaughnessy, a self-proclaimed Italiophile, is the patriarch. Two ex-wives and all the assorted kids work in various salons as part of this quirky, extended family business. Bella meets a handsome entrepreneur, Sean Ryan, and the idea for Bella's Box of Beauty Basics is born. The question is, how long can she keep her idea to herself
May 09, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
Clair Cook (author of Life's a Beach and Must Love Dogs) has done it again--Summer Blowout is another great summer beach read that will make youlaugh out loud darn near every page. This time she introduces us to Bella Shaughnessy, a hairdresser and makeup artist who is addicted to lipstick. She works in the big, chaotic family business though things have been rather awkward since her half sister started dating her exhusband. Things get even more interesting after tiny "purse pooch" Precious and ...more
Nov 06, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
Have you ever met a dysfunctional Irish family whose father thinks they're Italian? This was my third Claire Cook book plus I saw Must Love Dogs as a movie. The Shaughnessy family has several beauty salons which is staffed by a combinaiton of sisters, brothers, father and two of his three ex-wives. The book ia a quick read and the dialogue is humorous. After Bella's husband is stolen away by her half sister, she no longer wanted to be near Shopia or sit near her at weekly salon meetings. Is bloo ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
"This is a fun book - it's not going to change your life, but it will entertain you. If will take your mind off your own troubles as you get to Bella and her family. I learned more about makeup and salons that I ever knew before - and even though I hardly own lipgloss -- it was fun. This would be a great beach read, waiting room read or just for the heck of it read."
Cynthia T Cannon
Aug 08, 2015 Cynthia T Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading about Bella's loud quarreling family

Hilarious walk through the world of seaside hair and makeup. Such a lot of fun, especially the dog that Bella adopts/kidnaps.. So funny the descriptions that you almost don't notice the author telling you that change can be great even if it feels sad, wrong, and tragic at the time.. Will read more of this author.
Mar 23, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it
Adorable book about a strong willed/marshmallow of a woman. Super fun insight into a dysfunctional family that loves each other and seems to work. A somewhat crass sex encounter on one page, but you can skip it and not lose any of the story. Book will make you laugh and will even give you lots of makeup tips!!!
Carol Brill
Mar 12, 2015 Carol Brill rated it liked it
predictable, easy beach read. Bella's Irish father is a wanna-be Italian who owns beauty and make-up salons and has 3 ex-wife's. Bella, her brother, and sisters, including the half-sister who "stole" Bella's husband all work together. Cute and funny story
Aug 19, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: womans-fiction
I found this book very entertaining. Even though there were many elements present in this book as in her past efforts - large family, single/newly divorced woman, animals - I still enjoyed spending my time in Marshbury.
Aug 08, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light chick lit. Quick read about getting over past hurt and finding new love --- wherever if comes from. Bella is divorced and still hating all men, mainly cause her ex has taken up with her (1/2)sister. Needless to say, it all works out in the end.
Just - The romance reader
May 21, 2009 Just - The romance reader rated it really liked it
Holy Cannoli, what a fun read! (If you've read the book you get my "holy cannoli" comment) With each book, I grow to be more of a Claire Cook fan. This book was light and fun, yet not too silly. And Sean Ryan seems like my kind of man!
Lisa B.
Dec 31, 2016 Lisa B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was cute. Frequently laugh out loud funny. I really like the characters.
Amy Dowler
Jun 22, 2008 Amy Dowler rated it liked it
This is a good and quick beach read. Maybe a little too much into the makeup descriptions but cute book anyways. Very similar to the rest of her books.
Jun 21, 2010 Wendy rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read.
Feb 24, 2013 Jessica rated it it was ok
This book reads as though it is made up of a series of corny ads from makeup products to Disney channel tv shows.
Feb 29, 2008 Berit rated it really liked it
Delightful! If only I'd had a beach to read it on.
Jun 21, 2008 Mia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-books
Perfect book to read during an afternoon by the pool.
Jun 25, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it
quick and easy read. found myself really enjoying the characters. great beach read!!!
Jul 30, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this cute and funny book. It was easygoing and fun.
Gretchen Ruscigno
Jun 30, 2015 Gretchen Ruscigno rated it liked it
It was a quick easy read. It held my attention and definitely entertained me!
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