Vacuum in the Dark
Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend—a junkie ...more
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'While her parents were busy ruining their marriage, she’d spent three or four days a week with her paternal grandfather, Woody Boyle, a mild-mannered man, an avid reader and functional alcoholic. But he’d taught her all of life’s essentials: how to spit like a man, take a good photograph, drive stick, make a stiff drink, swim butterfly, French-braid, and, perhaps most importantly, how to play dumb.'
Mona’s voice is always entertaining for me as ...more
The cover grabbed my attention right away since I like sassy working class fiction. I haven’t read the author’s first book, but this one doesn’t rely on back story, so that is no problem.
The promotional blurb says this is laugh-out-loud funny, and it did make me laugh out loud right away. The protagonist Mona is a housecleaner, and as she is wiping down the various ...more
When I first got this book I had no idea that it was connected to a previous book (Pretend I'm Dead). I thought about reading the first book. But then decided to just read this book and see if it could stand on its own. It definitely does. Although the main character Mona's story does apparently begin in the first book.
This book is divided into four parts. It's basically four different stories that are connected and all narrated by Mona.
This is a very adult book. The humor is at times ...more
“‘Trigger finger’ is the medical term,” he said. “It just means the tendon is irritated. Are you hard on your hands?”
“I treat my fingers like little barbarians,” she said.
“So, you hold things with a firm grip ...more
There is humor in her story telling of her personal accounts and clients.
I learned a couple of cleaning tips from the book, like how to naturally remove a rust stain.
Everyone has a life story and this is Mona’s. It is a different spin, though not anything outstanding to remember or to model by.
It just is, a story. Two stars. ...more
I would certainly read another book starring Mona. Since I am 28 and I believe 27-28 to be the most transformative years for a young woman, I would LOVE another novel full of Mona's continued misadventures as she reaches her Saturn Return.
These books have inspired me to feel ready begin to writing my own story, ...more
"Constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny... ...dealing with some of the most universal in America today..."
I must be inhabiting a different America. I requested this book based on the publisher's blurb. The first book of this series had received somewhat mixed reviews (I've not read it), but seemed to have settled around 3.5 stars. So I thought I'd try this one.....
3-D rating from me. Desperate....Depressing... Dismal. And I ...more
This book is hilarious!! It is the sequel to Pretend I'm Dead, which I have not read yet but I feel like it isn't required to enjoy this book. I am however intrigued to read it after finishing this one.
Mona's character is funny and quirky. I laughed out loud at her narration. This book is darkly funny, and explicit, and a bit odd. It will not be to everyone taste but I enjoyed it.
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Mona is one of the most damaged characters that I've come across and liked, she is so raw and honest.
‘Either way Pretend I’m Dead will have you saying “well, I guess my life could be worse”.
Not to mention looking forward to whatever wreck Jen Beagin chooses to detail next.’
Now before you start to ponder why I’d be so arrogant as to quote myself, first ask yourself why you’re reading my reviews to begin with (just kidding, sorta). Real talk, though: Pretend I’m ...more
This reminds me of my reaction ...more
She has some new clients and a new boyfriend, Dark. He is married to a blind woman who is also a client.
Mona is struggling with her mental health and getting her life together.
As she cleans, she talks to her friend Terry, of NPR, a voice in her head.
When she breaks it off with Dark, she decides to take a trip home to Los Angeles. Her mom and longtime boyfriend are getting married and they ...more