Won this from a Goodreads Giveaway! Going to give it a try because I think I need something funny right about now.
Update: I found this to be a fast,Won this from a Goodreads Giveaway! Going to give it a try because I think I need something funny right about now.
Update: I found this to be a fast, fun, fairly engrossing read. Excellent writing, readable, easy to get into stories, with realistic, very flawed, human characters.
However, if I had one negative thing to say about this book, I'd probably have to delve into the subject matter, since this book of stories is less about being "single, carefree, and mellow" and more about women having affairs. Nearly every story in the book featured a woman having an affair—some of them were single, "homewrecker" women, some were unhappily married, some were happily married or happily engaged, but yet they were all still having affairs. It got to be a bit tiresome: is that what being "single, carefree, and mellow" really means, that you MUST have an affair?!
Still, in spite of that repetitive subject, not every story was about that—one story was about a girl hopelessly in love with "just her roommate" Boris, and another story was about a woman desperately trying to give her 8-year-old son a memorable birthday party. Okay, and the last Maya story is just about family. But really, the rest of the stories about about women thinking about having affairs or having affairs.
Anyway, this really was a great read and I'm happy to have won it in a giveaway and read it. The women in these stories are real and relatable, if not in their desires than in their hopes and fears and dreams and loves. This book is really about love, more than anything else. ...more
Just as hilarious, poignant, screwball, brutally honest and highly enjoyable as her blog of the same name. The author is truthful about the kind of peJust as hilarious, poignant, screwball, brutally honest and highly enjoyable as her blog of the same name. The author is truthful about the kind of person she is ("shitty", though she "wants to be a good person"), the struggles she's had (with depression, procrastination, being an adult), and the many misadventures she's had as a child with her family, with her "simple" and "helper" dogs and her boyfriend, facing off against moving to a new, strange place where the dogs freaked out, and a goose that got into their house one night, for examples. There were the older favorites, like "The God of Cake" and "The Party", and several newer true life tales, such as "Warning Signs", "Lost in the Woods" and the one about the Dog Rules. Loved it! Laugh out loud funny, just like the blog. ...more
This was a fun, light, breezy, fast, sort of funny read. Monk is portrayed very close to the way he behaves in the show. Since this was the second booThis was a fun, light, breezy, fast, sort of funny read. Monk is portrayed very close to the way he behaves in the show. Since this was the second book I've read in this series, I was more used to Natalie's first person narrating. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book, and I was very surprised that I did, because this author has disappointed me (three times) in the past.**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book, and I was very surprised that I did, because this author has disappointed me (three times) in the past. I had heard from some people that this book was really the one to read, and in spite of being skeptical, I decided to give it a try. The plot is very engaging and interesting, about art history and fabled relics, and the moments within had more of a Psych feel to them. The chapters even (and often) ended the way an act break would end on Psych, sometimes picking up in the "next moment" and sometimes picking up the middle of something else. There were certainly a few plot holes, and the characters themselves were still off (not quite perfectly Psych) but it seems like the author (and/or the author's ghostwriter(s)/research team) has stepped up his game.
My absolute favorite part of the story was the subplot about Lassiter—having him involved in a dramatic moment that affected him psychologically for quite a few chapters. It was an expected and delightful thing to see. Also, I liked that there was "whump" (a fandom term), for Lassiter, Shawn and Gus, which was also a lot of fun to see. I also liked the ending—the courtroom scene part. The last chapter was silly and kind of unnecessary, but what are you going to do?
Definitely try this one (and only this one!) out if you're curious about Psych as a book series....more