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Publisher's Summary

The unstoppable, irreverent mother-daughter team presents a new collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to. From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa and Francesca tackle the quirks, absurdities, and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. As Lisa says, "More and more, especially in the summertime when I'm sitting on the beach, I'm learning not to sweat it. To go back to the child that I used to be. To see myself through the loving eyes of my parents. To eat on the beach. And not to worry about whether every little thing makes me look fat. In fact, not to worry at all."

So put aside your worries and join Lisa and Francesca as they navigate their way through the crazy world we live in, laughing along the way.

©2015 Smart Blonde, LLC, and Francesca Serritella (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Scottoline's Philly accent and expressive speaking style add to the humor of the stories. Serritella also sounds approachable as a young woman who is trying to navigate life, friendship, and love in the city. The stories--by and large light, easy, and fun--are perfect for a relaxed summer day." ( AudioFile)

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Wonderful

Uplifting, humorous, relatable (as always). Great pick me up if you've had a hard day, week, month.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Why have I not read her books before

Would you consider the audio edition of Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but Lisa is amazing she needs to narrate her books more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

They are both my favorite, I feel like I could relate to both.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the part where Lisa mentioned that when something happens to you in life you have to look for the lesson.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When mother Mary passed away, also when Francesca filed her grandmothers nails. I cried it made be think of my grandmother.

Any additional comments?

The book is great, I can't wait to download the rest of her books.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Sunny Look at Life

They're not the most profound columns I have ever read, but Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? often hits home with it unpretentious commentaries on life and relationships. My favorite column happened to be the one about going ballistic when discovering a dog locked in a car. Been there; done that. This book is a refreshingly light read, funny enough to make you at least crack a smile. Columns are short, snappy and to the point. When you reach a column that relates to you, it's uncanny how spot on the author is.

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  • janis
  • Shawnee, OK, United States
  • 08-27-15

Obsessed

Where does Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love audiobooks. I love humor. These authors rank in my top two with the Stephanie Plum books.

What other book might you compare Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? to and why?

A little like Nora Ephron.

Which scene was your favorite?

I am in my 50s. All comments about growing older and the struggles rang true. Dating through the eyes of a 28 year old are a fun thing to remember.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

#motherdaughterfun #Ihatehashtags

Any additional comments?

Be careful driving and operating machinery while listening to this book. It is so funny, and it is heartwarming as well. I feel as if I know this mother and daughter team. Please download and listen with caution. This southerner got a kick out of the Philly accents. I am downloading every book they have. I love Lisa's series with the women lawyers, but this is pure FUN!

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  • Lindsay
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 08-05-16

Waste of time

Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella and/or Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ?

Definitely not. I really did not enjoy this book at all.

What could Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think their memoir style is really just not my cup of tea. Their stories felt vapid and silly to me. Just not captivating or compelling. Rants about getting fat. Rants about silly girl stuff.

What didn’t you like about Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ’s performance?

Stop trying to be so funny and just be. I felt like each chapter had the exact same comedic rhythm. Predictable and boring and not even insightful.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat??

Pretty much all of it.

Any additional comments?

Light-hearted read. If you are hoping for something to entertain you like Nora Ephron, Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, Keep looking because this is NOT it.

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Easy read

One of those books you can read on a plane and if you fall asleep don't worry about going back just start where you finished. Easy to listen even funny sometimes but I won't buy it at full price or hardcover, not worse more than $5 and that what I paid for it. Too much crying about ex boyfriends, husbands and weight problems, made me yawn towards the middle. But again it might be just your piece of pie :)

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  • jveazey
  • SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, US
  • 06-29-16

Loved it!!!

I totally loved this book and the stories from both Francesca and Lisa. I can't wait for the new book!

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A waste of time and money

Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella and/or Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella ?

I would not read another book by these authors.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Their timing in reading what are supposed to be funny lines is awful. I'm 30% into the book hoping it will get better but will move on to something else. It's not worth my time to finish.

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Technically not a book with a storyline!

I purchased this book because it was on sale and I have not read anything by Lisa's the line. I am sorry that I bought the book and have requested my $33.95 back! This is technically not a book with a storyline it is a collection of rambling unconnected blog post written by a mother and a daughter and it's impossible to tell who was talking at any point in time.

One post was about the infestation of fleas and the growth of the fleas from larva to Philly and how gross it was and it was pretty gross in her description! Another post was about the movie stars posting naked pictures on the website of them selves and getting mad because other people were posting naked pictures of them too! It is just a jumble of a bunch of things that happened to a couple if women and the topics are not any thing like a storyline. I was very disappointed!!! I thought I had found a new author with new series go listen to.

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Didn't hold my interest

I struggled to finish the book - This book just didn't hold my interest long.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful