WASP marries daughter of Korean immigrants and goes into business with his in-laws by purchasing a deli. Sounds fun, right? Sounds like great potential for story telling, right? Sounds as if the clash between uptight Caucasian son-in-law, Asian in-laws, and various employees and customers of all races and cultures would be interesting, insightful and amusing, right?
Well, it's not. The author seems to be trying for some sort of deprecating humor; listing his inability to use the cash register, ordering "yuppie" high end items that would never find a buyer in his deli, sells alcohol to a minor, and on and on. He comes off as rather dull, not funny.
He talks about his voyage to self-discovery, but I guess I missed the part where he boarded this boat.
The first two thirds of this book are good, though the characters are totally unlikeable. Hopefully, most of us do not identify in a positive way with a psychopath.
Working in this field, I totally believe that Amy's parents, two psychologists, are so far in denial that they cannot identify this psychopathology in their own daughter. And anyway, what would they do without their cash cow? Their "Amazing Amy" books seem to be a passive aggressive approach to child rearing, as any time Amy has a "problem", it appears they write a book where Amazing Amy always makes the correct choice; the choice that Amy has failed to make in "real life":
Nick has plenty of problems of his own. He seems to be almost a shadow person, as if he has no true identity without another. First his twin sister, and then Amy. Nick is passive, weak, unsympathetic and just plain boring.
When the "plot twist" is revealed, the book starts getting a bit annoying and going downhill. One wonders how people can be so stupid, until one remembers you are not dealing with particularly healthy people in the first place.
And the ending? A total disaster. It's as if the author just ran out of steam. What little sympathy I had for Nick was totally gone. He wants to raise a child with this walking psychopath? The fact that he didn't immediately leave when Amy made her appearance shows just how disturbed Nick himself is.
I fear it will not go well for these two or their child. Hopefully, the author will not feel compelled to write a sequel. If she does, I am pretty sure I will not feel compelled to listen to it.
This book left me with an "icky" feeling. Almost as if I needed to shower. I guess the most positive thing I can say is that it actually is a good warning that the people we interact with in life may not be as healthy as they appear. Think about it.
What a tedious, predictable soap opera. A successful career woman (Camille), with two beautiful homes, a handsome, "George Clooney" lookalike for a husband (Edward), and a darling son and daughter, battles cancer. Camille (please Eileen, don't insult our intelligence in the future with such an obvious name choice) decides to find a wife to replace her after she dies.
I guess she assumes that after her husband loses his wife, and his children lose their mother, they will immediately embrace wife/mommy #2 and then the good times will roll. No mourning period necessary.
Although Hubby is initially against this crazy plan, he eventually gives in to Camille, (what, he has no backbone?), and surprisingly hearts are broken and he ends up having an affair with another woman (Angie), who works as a caterer hired by Camille for her matchmaking parties. Sure didn't see that one coming.
And then, miracle of miracles, a new experimental drug treatment puts Camille's cancer in remission. Oh no! Hubby has fallen in love with Angie! Although he tries to hold the marriage together by dumping Angie and attending counseling sessions with Camille, he just can't get the new and improved model out of his mind.
Dearest readers, can you guess how this story ends? Camille and Edward divorce, and the handsome doctor marries Angie, who is expecting a baby at the end of the story. Camille realizes that although she is alone now, she's been given a new start and life goes on.
I could not sympathize with, nor did I like any of the characters in this book. Camille is a control freak who was trying to manipulate her husband's and children's lives from the grave, Edward is a self-absorbed narcissist, but then so is Angie, who uses every excuse in the book to rationalize her behavior as a cheater.
A total waste of time, and the only reason I finished this book was that I didn't want to feel as if I'd wasted my credit. Now I realize I've lost 17 hours of my life I'll never get back. Don't waste your time or your Audible credits. There are much better books out there.
I loved the first Shopaholic books, but wonder if this immature woman will ever grow up. The charm has worn off Becky for me. I cannot imagine what Luke sees in this compulsive shopper. Will Becky ever learn that happiness is not found in her next purchase?
She hasn't changed since the first book; merely grown more tedious and boring. She lies constantly and we are to to find this charming, and to sympathize with her "problems"? In the midst of a financial crisis, Becky's main concern is throwing an elaborate and over-the-top birthday party for Luke? Can you imagine the negative press he would receive for this?
Life is supposed to be about growing up and changing, yet Becky remains as childish as ever.
The ideal next book (and you know there will be one) should be about Luke realizing what a crazy person he is married to and filing for divorce. Becky, I am officially "divorcing" you. This is the last Shopaholic book for me.
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