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Weekly Book Club {9.5.18}

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What a great group of books I’m going to share with you guys today! All of these came from my local library and all of them were hits for me! 

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How Hard Can it be by Allison Pearson– Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called “the definitive social comedy of working motherhood” (The Washington Post) and “a hysterical look―in both the laughing and crying senses of the world―at the life of Supermom” (The New York Times), I Don’t Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate’s story became “the national anthem for working mothers.” Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.” Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I loved this book! I think I loved it so much because I could relate to a lot of what Kate was going through. The story sucked me in and I could feel what she was dealing with. I could easily put myself in her position and that helped keep me totally engrossed in the story. I found myself giggling at a good portion of this book, nodding along in solidarity, and getting teary eyed at some parts. Definitely recommend this one. 

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Go Ask Ali by Ali Wentworth– At once endearing and hilarious, thoughtful and far-fetched, this third collection offers Ali at her wisest and wittiest as she delivers tips, pointers, and quips on a host of life’s conundrums and sticky situations, including the funny, sometimes embarrassing yet unforgettable situations that have shaped her inimitable world view as a wife, mother, actress, comedian, and all around bon vivant. Thoroughly entertaining, Go Ask Ali is packed with thoughts and musings from “the girlfriend you want to have a glass of wine with, the one who makes you laugh because she sees the funny and the absurd in everything” 

My Rating: 4 Stars

I love Ali Wentworth. I adore her. This book was really funny, honest, and down to earth. I could picture myself sitting on her couch with a cup of coffee having a chat about life while I was reading this book. It made me laugh out loud and cringe with empathetic embarrassment. I thought it was as funny as her other books and I definitely recommend it!

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Save the Date by Morgan Matson– Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge. There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute. Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

My Rating: 5 Stars

I adored this book and I almost didn’t read it! I downloaded it from the library on a whim without really knowing much about it. I’m so glad I did! I can’t believe I almost missed out on this one. I loved this family so much. From the sibling interactions to the parents to the extended family- they are all awesome characters! I laughed, I gasped, I groaned, I teared up. It was seriously like watching a favorite movie- I put it in the category of The Family Stone or This is Where I Leave You which is a huge compliment because I adore both of those movies! Definitely a must read!

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The Ever After by Sarah PekkanenJosie and Frank Moore are happy… at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than the driven career woman she once was. But Frank is a phenomenal father, he’s handsome and charismatic, and he still looks at his wife like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Josie isn’t just happy—she’s lucky. Until one Saturday morning when Josie borrows her husband’s phone to make a quick call—and sees nine words that shatter her world. Now Josie feels as if she is standing at the edge of a sharp precipice. As she looks back at pivotal moments in the relationship she believed would last forever, she is also plunging ahead, surprising everyone (especially herself) with how far she will go to uncover the extent of her husband’s devastating secret.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I almost didn’t read this one. The subject matter is a difficult one for me to read. But it was recommended by a friend so I dove right in head first and hoped it wouldn’t be a mistake. The book was hard for me to read, probably because of just how much I could relate to the main character. It was uncomfortable and took me back to dark places in my life. But it was incredibly well written and the emotions/actions of the main character were spot on in my experience. The book stuck with me for quite awhile, which rarely happens with as many books as I read. Definitely recommend!

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