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Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison
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Jan 02, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012-books, audio-book
Read from January 02 to 13, 2012

I wish I could rate this book higher, but I was often so impatient with the characters that I had a hard time enjoying the book as much as I would have liked. The premise is cute, that a group of women addicted to buying designer shoes would meet and swap stories and shoes. The author drew me in with her portrait of three very different women who all use shoe therapy to deal with the problems in their lives, and how they end up together in Shoe Addicts Anonymous. I started to have problems with the story when the author introduced a fourth character--with all her attendant problems and traumas--but the fourth story line did fit in eventually. It was the stupidity and the spinelessness of all four characters that kept me from really enjoying the story. Facts which were obvious to the reader--instantly obvious, at that--were hidden from the characters. And so often, I wished the characters would stand up for themselves and fight back when events went terribly wrong, but they rarely did. Even at the end, when we should have seen real character growth, it was not quite satisfying enough to suit me. The epilogue was probably as corny as any I've ever read, but it did tie the story lines into four super-neat bows. Altogether, not a terrible book, but not as good as it could have been. The narrator of the audio book, Orlagh Cassidy, did a fantastic job with the reading, though.

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50.0% "Wow, adventures of the stupid and the supine."
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