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The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand
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Apr 26, 12

bookshelves: hark-i-are-a-chick, hating-is-fun, mediocrity-rules, spackle-for-the-void
Read in April, 2012

Every so often I like to pretend I'm an open-minded person. So, one day, when I am innocently shelving this book in the course of my library duties, and for some reason it catches my eye, I check it out and think to myself, why not? I almost never read this kind of thing, so why not try something that goes against my grain? After all, I reason, as a writer, shouldn't I read as widely and voraciously as possible, including stuff I wouldn't normally?

And hey, I like mental mashed potatoes, fluffy and overladen with butter, as much as the next guy. Who doesn't need the occasional (or frequent!) reprieve from, well, thinking? But man, oh man. This was insipid, even as insipid fare goes. The protagonist, Adrienne, is a nonentity who evidently looks good swathed in silk and sipping champagne. There is endless and deeply irritating talk about teeth (Adrienne's father is a dentist), and Adrienne's email correspondence—and face-to-face interactions, and hell, her whole relationship—with her father will have you wanting to toss your cookies. Of course she has the requisite dead mother. And of course someone else important is dying. Human Tragedy. Where would we be without it? Certainly not on a Nantucket beach, looking gorgeous in silks and sipping champagne.

That said, I saw this through to the bitter end, which is unusual for me, especially when a book makes me grind my teeth (sorry, Dr. Don) as much as this one did. There must be a reason for this. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for food porn. Maybe because the character of Fiona was alright. Maybe it's because instant mashed potatoes don't come close to homemade (represented in this genre, I guess, by Maeve Binchy), but they're still mashed potatoes, so suck it up, pile on the butter, and clean your plate.

Okay, now, back to the Tolstoy.
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Linda Wow. . . Ouch but I loved this review. . . I'm reading it anyway!


Allison Haha, well, it is a fun escapist read in its way...Enjoy!


Lyddie Ouch indeed... I can see your point, but the book was still very fun for me.


Allison I agree, it's fun--and we all need that!


Judith Great reprieve from heavy duty reading.....just needed to escape.


Allison Escape is important!


message 7: by Svetlana (new)

Svetlana Vasiliev No offense, but you're so boring!! This is a summer read, fun and relaxing!


Kathy Dekker Wow! With critics like you, those of us who do want to be writers may never venture out. This seems like a mindless, relaxing book to get lost in on a late summer day. You do know her books sell, right? Are you published, Miss Tolstoy?


Allison Why yes indeed (on a much smaller scale)! Sorry you seem to have taken my personal opinion, well, personally.


message 10: by Jill (new)

Jill Had a bit of a giggle at some of these comments. Enjoyed your review!


Allison Thanks! Glad the self-deprecating irony therein wasn't lost on everyone!


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