After a series of false starts nearly gets her banished from the town, Maye decides that her last chance to connect with her new neighbors is to enter the annual Sewer Pipe Queen Pageant, a kooky but dead-serious local tradition open to contestants of all ages and genders. Aided by a deranged former pageant queen with one eyebrow, Maye doesn't just make a splash; she uncovers a sinister mystery that has haunted the town for decades.
©2007 Laurie Notaro; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"[Laurie Notaro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system." (The Miami Herald)
I kept waiting for it to get better. Never got better and it seemed to take forever to go away.
The reader did an ok job with what she had to work with, the characters, scene, and entire story was boring to the point of nausea. Speaking of points, there wasn't one.
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is so regular she might be your best friend...the best friend that moved away and now struggles to just meet somebody to have lunch with, and the result of her search are BOTH disastrous and hilarious.
I really liked this book and was sad to have it end. The narrator got irritating at times but the book was just too good to care.
She is such a funny author. Just separate yourself from the world for a while and enjoy this book. Yes, it's silly and tongue in cheek, but that's part of the charm. Notaro can always make me laugh. The "Idiot Girls" books will make you snort out-loud with laughter!
The combination of the negative narration with the negative writing was too much to bear! I couldn't even finish part one. On top of the negative experiences the author encountered in WA, she also went on an on with her own self-hateful comments. Too much. Maybe if she'd lightened the mood with something positive every now and then it would have been tolerable.
I had never heard of this author before & the title was catchy so I thought I would give it a try. The book cute & made me laugh on more than one occasion. It was light-hearted & a very easy "read". If you're looking for something different than the norm, give this book a try.
I really enjoyed this book. The main character got into so many scrapes that I cringed when something was going right with her because I knew that something bad was coming. The end was a little weird, though.
I can't believe the good reviews on this book. Not funny at all, and although the narrator seemed fine, she was not a good match for this book.
I tried. I listened to the first hour thinking it might be "okay," but I had to force myself to listen to the second hour after which point I thankfully gave it up.
I don't understand, I usually enjoy Laurie Notaro. However I found the humor very contrived, and the story boring. I gave up after a few chapters, so maybe the end is better.
As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.
At first the cover and the title put me off. But I am glad I read it. The author did a great job getting the characters to come to life with all of their foibles and good points and the narrator did a good job with all of the voices. I especially liked how the story brought out the difficulties for an outsider to fit in the community of a small city and make friends. Been there, done that.
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