The Breakup Club by Melissa Senate

358932I haven’t read anything by Melissa Senate in almost a year and she can be very hit and miss. I loved my outing with her, so I figured this one might be a miss.

It’s sort of neither. It was a quick read about four people who are randomly connected, but they don’t realize it (and get to the title of the book) until the end of chapter 8. It seemed like there could have been four different books about the journeys of these folks, but it was mostly just glossed over. Newly single dad, learning to deal with his one-year-old and not hating his wife who left him. Woman who is about to get left by her husband. Her sister who won’t let go of her last relationship. Woman who ran out on her own wedding. All interesting and yet, I didn’t feel a connection to any of them. And thought they form a “club,” they don’t really have a connection to each other. The “club” randomly gets assigned a project at work that seems horrible, but then it turns out it’s fine.

I read about half the book while I was getting a pedicure yesterday and finished it up at work during my lunch break, so it has that going for it, but overall, I just didn’t care about any of the characters and it didn’t seem like Senate did either.

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Questions to Ask Before Marrying by Melissa Senate

2403954I was delighted to find another Melissa Senate book on the sale table at a local Barnes & Noble. I had thought I had read them all a few years back, so I was happy to see another one in the pile.

This one started out promisingly enough with sisters on a road trip, on a mission and a love triangle for our heroine. But in the end, the sister’s story is more interesting and I’d be more inclined to see the events from her point of view. They meet some interesting characters along the way from Maine to Las Vegas, reminding me of my own cross-country trips. I was also jealous that they had time to stop and see those weird/cool roadside attractions that I never seem to have time for when I’m schlepping from one coast to the other.

The book loses steam once they get to Las Vegas and I was disappointed in the ending for our heroine. Not my favorite Senate, but I’ll keep her as a favorite.

Girls’ Night Out

171347I picked this one up at the Arlington County Fair a few weeks ago to support their public library. You know how I’m a sucker for libraries.

It was a solid collection of short stories, better than I remember its predecessor being. There were only one or two stories that I skipped or just didn’t finished. Many more that I wished had been continue, if not into full novels, at least taken a bit further. I was shocked to discover that that one of the stories was by a woman who used to do the Gilmore Girls recaps on TWOP. I guess I should have put that together, but I never really paid that much attention.

It also got me thinking about a few short stories I have sitting on the hard drive. Perhaps I’ll get the writing bug again this fall.

Fat Chance by Deborah Blumenthal

1047637This was an interesting read. I really liked the angle of accepting your “fat” instead of crash dieting all the time. The answers to getting to our “ideal” weight are always the same, no matter the trend, and yet, for the most part, I think we can all go a little crazy over a person, event or trip.

I was a little disbelieving of the main romance in the book because I just don’t buy that he was into her. And the final romance seemed tacked on. About 2/3 of the way into the book, I figured it was over and then realized there was 100 pages left, so there must be something left for her to do/learn. I was a little disappointed by one of the threads left hanging because I thought it would have been great to bring her journey full circle. I guess Ms. Blumenthal didn’t agree. I was also surprised at the actual diet, including recipes, listed in the back. Don’t worry, I didn’t photocopy it to try it (though I definitely thought about it yesterday when I found it), but it seemed weird to actually include this diet in a book that’s supposed to be about accepting yourself as you are.

The Sex Was Great, But… by Tyne O’Connell

bf49bf04I thought this would be a fun little romp in the Hollywood Hills and it was. Sorta.

But I couldn’t get past the main character. She’s supposedly a super famous A-list celebrity, but she hosts a makeover show for washed up celebs that then throws those celebs back into the spotlight again. The mom issues seem a little bit like Jennifer Aniston and her mom, but the hosting thing just does not jive with the A-list thing. The book was written and published while I lived in LA, so I know the climate in which it was created. I mean, I know it’s fiction, but even today, people who HOST shows just are NOT consider A-list celebs. And there’s a big to-do about a poll where women think Holly is shallow. But there’s nothing that points to why women think that. I mean, I guess we’re supposed to infer that because she lives in the Hills and has a house staff (of only 2 BTW) and a few assistants, that she IS shallow, but that’s just how people live there.

The book was also written about the entertainment industry, but it was written like someone who has no idea what really goes on, how things work or what’s involved in making a show. But since it’s written in first person, it would seem like there would be much more detail, inside baseball and the like. But there’s just not. Combined with the lack of anything interesting actually happening, it was disappointing. Perhaps if I had never lived and worked in LA, then it would have been fine, but I was totally underwhelmed by the whole thing.