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Summer Blowout

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,375 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
A good makeup artist never panics. Bella Shaughnessy knows this. She's the resident makeup maven in a family of Boston Irish hair salon owners; she has an artful solution to almost every problem. But Bella feels bruised beyond the reach of even the best concealer when her half-sister runs off with her husband. What could she come up with to cover a hurt like that? Plenty, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Hachette Books (first published 2009)
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Jun 27, 2013 Gina rated it liked it
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
Shelves: chick_lit
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Jul 09, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 17, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok
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 31, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 12, 2008 Monie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Cynthia T Cannon
Aug 11, 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.
Carol Brill
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
Jul 05, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Andrea Koeppel
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.
Jul 21, 2016 Desiree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The title and the cover for "Summer Blowout" suggested that this book was going to be a light, breezy read. Even in the summary, which mentions that Bella's husband and her half-sister had betrayed her with each other, we were given the sense that this was still going to be a fun book. Unfortunately, the reality is that this book was just mediocre for me.
First of all, Bella was a thoroughly unlikable protagonist. She was petty, whiny, flighty, and not incredibly intelligent. At two different poi
Who knew that much about make up?

Bella is a stylist in her family's business. Her husband of 10 years left her for her half-sister who's 12 years younger a year ago. Bella is bitter, but funny. At a college recruiting event where she and her family give free make overs to high school kids thinking about going to that college, she meets Sean Ryan. Sean is at the event to give away "college enrollment kits" to help seniors apply to college. Bella is intrigued by the "kit" concept and develops a b
Jul 30, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it
Loved this cute and funny book. It was easygoing and fun.
Sep 04, 2008 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Mar 24, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Judy Collins
Apr 11, 2014 Judy Collins rated it liked it
As usual, Claire Cook knows how to make you laugh. A chick-lit, light summer read about Bella, a lover of cosmetics and involved in the family business of beauty salons where she works as a makeup artist and hair stylist. The family is full of drama and dysfunction and a chain of salons to deal with.

Bella’s marriage ends when her husband leaves for her half- sister. She is not looking for a relationship and wants to get lost in her work, and young Sean comes into the picture, helping her realiz
Just - The romance reader
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!
Sep 27, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bridget Bailey
Sep 03, 2015 Bridget Bailey rated it it was ok
This is not my first book by this author but I can definitely say this is not her best book. I almost felt like I was reading at a high school level rather than adult. I'm not sure if this book was meant for a younger audience or what but it was sub par. This was not her best chick lit book and this one really fell short. While it was cute and had many cute things about it, the character development in this book was weak. The ending was really abrupt with some story lines not finishing. This was ...more
Amy Dowler
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.
Gretchen Ruscigno
It was a quick easy read. It held my attention and definitely entertained me!
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
I loved "Must Love Dogs" - both the book and the movie. So when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it on a whim. It was on the shorter side, which was fine because I didn't find myself really invested in the story or the characters. The family in the book is super dysfunctional and while I have no problem with that, I felt the book introduced too many characters much too soon and without much explanation or back story. The dog storyline is rather cute, but everything else was pretty much predi ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads as though it is made up of a series of corny ads from makeup products to Disney channel tv shows.
Jun 30, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
quick and easy read. found myself really enjoying the characters. great beach read!!!
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