This was thoroughly enjoyable and living in Texas I know women just like this! You have to laugh at them because they are so serious about their "rules"!
The Devil in the Junior League is a laugh out loud, funny book. Well written, great character descriptions and great realism of those that are simply stuck up for little reason. Yes, there's a lot of unrealistic actions, but they only add to the humor.
This book reminds me very much in tone of the book The Help.
The narrator makes this book, although the writing is so witty I purchased it in print as well. Everything is over the top in this book, which is what the narrator has achieved so well. Even her men are well done as the male stereotypes they're supposed to be.
It's light, almost trite, but hysterically delightful. I highly recommend it for a fun read. For me, it made a ten hour drive to and from Atlanta a breeze.
As far as chick lit goes, this was fast paced and extremely funny. I hate "romance type" novels, but this had just the right amount of romance without taking over the story. The narrator was perfect for the part and I could easily visualize all of the characters. Loved it!
The narrator is fabulous and the text captured my interest immediately. She read each character with skill and humor. While the plot may be frivolous, funny and downright unbelievable at times, I loved it and can't wait to hear the sequel. Bravo!
The things that are wrong with this book include:
1. the narrator- There is simply nothing remotely redeemable about the main character of this book. She is shallow, vain, conceited, narcissistic, ignorant, prejudiced, and lacking in basic human compassion. I thought from the sample (which was reasonably funny) that it would be the low point, and she would improve, but no- she remains a horribly unredeemable person throughout without more than the teensiest bit of personal growth;
2. The narrator- the reader of the audio book is not carrying off a Texas accent, but the fact that the book is set in Texas is kind of a big deal throughout. I wouldn't mind if she simply didn't use an accent (many of us Texas girls don't have them and are only identifyible as Texans because we say y'all), but she does use a passable, but also fake sounding, southern accent. Also, though this is probably a problem with the character more than the reader, she is constantly saying "me, Freddie Ware!" and "moi" in a too-loud, obnoxious, irrationally indignant way that grows to be like finger nails on a chalkboard;
3. The writing- If someone is supposed to know French, she should probably have more than 3 words of it repeated ad nauseam. The plot doesn't exactly make a lot of sense either. I won't give spoilers for those who might buy this book despite everything, so I will only say that the money resolution doesn't make sense and the ending scenes were pulled out of nowhere with nothing leading us to think this might conceivably be some kind of solution;
4. The support staff- The only remotely likeable character in this entire book is the bumbling, crude, bizarrely ignorant seeming lawyer, and he is likeable only in comparison. Everyone else is either as shallow and horrible as the main character or a flat stereotype (devoted maid constantly breaking out into Spanish tirades who would stick around when she was not being paid, please).
I did like the use of lists though. It is a good tool. There were some funny parts, but you kind of have to enjoy mean humor to think so, and that gets very old very fast.
I don't exactly understand how I ended up with this book either. I got here from a Joshilyn Jackson book. That book was so amazing that I wanted to try one that came on the "people who bought this also bought...". I sincerely hope that the fact that I bought this book will not encourage it to stay in that list. As far as I can tell , the only thing the books have in common is what people not from either Texas or the South would think of as a common setting which plays an important role in the story. Beware if you are coming from Ms. Jackson's excellent writing and complex characters.
I have listend to this book many times. Jenna Lamia is my favorite narrator.
The story unfolds perfectly
She is amazing..she keeps you interested with the different accents each one southern but different.
Funny, unpredictable, visual.
I typically do not read books that would fall into the same category The Devil in the Junior League falls into, so I really do not have a good comparison. The author's style reminds me a little of Joshilyn Jackson, but Ms. Jackson's books have a more serious undertone than the subject book.
Nikki. She was hilarious,authentic (even when she tried not to be), and realistic. I also like that she was able to admit a mistake she made and wanted to "make it up" to the character she offended.
I would not rename the book. The title is what made me want to know more about the book.
(1) I am a Southerner who has always lived in a metropolitan area, and my life experience has been quite from that of the characters in the audiobook. However, I know of environments very much like that of Willow Creek in small towns in my state. Considering that, the book seemed like a comical exaggeration of a reality with which I am familiar. (2) The author was an expert at painting pictures. At first I thought she was too detailed in her descriptions, but I later started to appreciate being able to visualize everything from the characters' outfits to their homes and cars.(3) The Devil in the Junior League is not the kind of book/audio I would listen to or read. I usually consider books of that nature too trivial for my taste. However, surprisingly, I found the book refreshing and plan to listen to another one of the author's books next. (4) I did not like either of the male characters, and I liked only two of the female characters: Nikki (who was not the main character) and a maid.
I'm not usually a "laugh out loud" kind of person, but I chuckled, chortled, giggled, and guffawed my way through this book. The story is light, yet has a message of empowerment. The narrator is fantastic - and was the reason I purchased this book in the first place.