Great story, great narrator! Truly a southern woman's attitude, mentality, and focus. I definitely laughed out loud throughout the book. Hope you do too!
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.
Yes. I was looking for something brainless and light. And this book fits the bill.
Probably not... because I really hated the ending of this particular book.
I chose this book because of Jenna Lamia. I like her voice and her acting.
It could definitely use a follow-up to explain away the ridiculous ending.
I will be recommending this book to all of my friends that love a good book. At first I thought The Devil in the Junior League might be a bit silly and that I might not like Frede, the main character, but as the book went on, I loved the humor and the twists and turns.
I was surprised when poor Frede found out that her beloved husband, Gordon, had a vasectomy before they were ever married. In addition, all of his affairs, when they came to light were pretty humorous as well since it incites good revenge from Frede.
I loved her southern accent. It gave depth to Frede that she might not have otherwise.
I just loved all the humor. It was such an enjoyable story.
I liked the novel was based in Texas and was faithful to how things are there. I did not like the main character. It was very hard to feel very sorry for her since she was so sure she was wonderful and beautiful and evidently without a clue.
I felt that it was a cop out - an easy answer that left everything up in the air.
Yes - her voice seemed a mix of southern and texan, but still clear and understandable.
Michelle, Steve's wife. :) I was looking to find something light, entertaining and chick-like to help me pass the time while doing a room painting project and this was PERFECT!!! I immediately recommended it to my sister-in-law who was going on vacation. While I know nothing about Texas women or the Junior League, and I'm sure I didn't learn about either here, this was a really fun way of pretending to get a peak into a world that seems the epitome of the lifestyle of an elite southern woman. You grow to love the heroine more and more by the minute, and the character development of supporting cast is strong enough to really make you feel like you are getting to know, and root for, several supporting characters as well. Jenna Lamia does an excellent job of providing unique voices for the various characters making it easy to almost see a circle of women in conversation, not to mention the high-class/low-class distinction. I enjoyed her readings of several other books I've downloaded though I didn't actually seek her out, she's done such a great job with each of the books I would definitely be willing to see what else she's read. The fact that I wasn't really caught off guard by unbelievably shocking twists in no way detracted from the overall entertainment value of the book. Sometimes you don't want to think, you just want to sit back and enjoy, this is a perfect book for that! I have another room to paint and I'm downloading another book by this author right now. Although I would be happy to listen to this one again. :) Two thumbs up!