Megan's Reviews > Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies by Lisa Scottoline
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
1122708
's review
May 16, 2012

liked it
Read in May, 2012

This book was cute - observational humor essays, short ones. Most were from mom Lisa, with about a third from her daughter Francesca. I wish they had been closer to 50/50, as Lisa's essays sometimes blended together. Francesca's tended to be more serious, and the change in tone was helpful to keep my interest. I could have done with more of that. They both can be funny, although they occasionally seem to be trying a little hard. While many of the essays relate to the mother/daughter relationship, quite a few were not related to the theme. I don't know if that's a problem, exactly, but two funny and intelligent women could probably come up with a deeper, more fun book if they stuck on topic. It feels like a random collection of blog posts that an editor picked, rather than a "written book". But I would have rated this book higher if both mother and daughter didn't have the annoying habit of starting a new line for every other sentence. A sample from Lisa, as an example:
In my case, this means that everything that I should properly do in my bathroom, I do in my kitchen.
Except one thing.
Please.
I keep it classy.

And from Francesca:
That is drug abuse.
I thought the twilight years were a time for family, sage advice-giving, hobbies, relaxation--not sex.
That's what your twenties are for!
Just kidding.
Only men in their twenties have sex.
The real question is, what kind of a twenty-five-year-old woman wants to date and eighty-five-year-old man?
One that can't get ahold of her birth control pills.

On page 60, there are 22 sentences, and 13 of them are indented on a new line. Seriously, everything you ladies write is so clever and interesting that almost two-thirds of your sentences need to have paragraphs all to themselves? Ugh, it came off as pretentious and gimmicky, and actually made the physical act of reading mildly unpleasant - the lack of visual flow meant that my eyes were jumping around the page too quickly and it was actually a touch uncomfortable to read that way.
Please, Ladies.
Hit 'enter' a little less next time.
If not for my eyes, do it for the trees.
The planet and I aren't getting any younger.
flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Best Friends, Occasional Enemies.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.