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Whipped, Not Beaten
Sadie Davis is craving change. Recently dumped and working for a boss she despises, she is determined to shake up her life as a single woman in the city of Madison. She takes a side job as a home party consultant selling kitchenware, hoping that it will be the spice that turns her life around. Through failed recipes and cold ovens, Sadie works to create something that's a ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by Cornerstone Press
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It was cute. I like that there was character growth, and some fun cooking scenes. I also like that I know the location, as it is set in Wisconsin, where I live. However, I found the radio station scenes to be unrealistic.
When I first picked up this book, I thought to myself how fun the cover looked. Yes,I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but you know what? In this case, it's true. While being well written and engaging, Whipped, Not Beaten is so much fun to read! Sadie is hilarious and so easy to relate to, especially when she complains about her jerk of a boss. The Wisconsin references are awesome, and even though I've only been to Madison a handful of times, there was enough description that ...more
I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Westemeier at the Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop this year and I devoured "Whipped, Not Beaten" on the plane on the way home. It was a great story about wonderful characters that I really grew to love. The plot was compelling and it was fun to read about those home parties I always get invited to, but desperately try to avoid. I can't wait to read "Kicks Like a Girl" and whatever else Melissa writes. I highly recommend this book!
Maybe I'm a little biased (just kidding) since I know the author personally, but I thought this was a fantastic book. The plot was interesting and imaginative, and Westemeier's writing consistently made me want to keep reading. The characters were engaging and well-developed, and Sadie is an incredibly likable and funny narrator. I would highly recommend this book.