Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Summer Blowout - Review

TITLE: Summer Blowout
AUTHOR: Claire Cook
PUBLISHER: Hatchette Books

FROM GOODREADS: Bella Shaughnessy is addicted to lipstick with names like My Chihuahua Bites and Kiss My Lips, an occupational hazard, since she works as a stylist and makeup artist for her family's small chain of beauty salons in Marshbury, Massachusetts, along with her four half-brothers and -sisters. The owner is her father, Lucky Shaughnessy, a gregarious, three-times-divorced charmer with Donald Trump hair, who is obsessed with all things Italian and still carries a torch for his first wife, Bella's mother. After Bella's own marriage flames out spectacularly when her half-sister runs off with her husband, Bella decides she has seen enough of the damage love can do. She makes a vow: no more men. Then Bella meets a cute entrepreneur at a college fair, and despite their bickering, they can't seem to stay away from each other. He also gives her a brilliant business idea, one that just might allow her to share her makeup expertise with the world. A small, well-tressed dog finds her way into her life, and her heart, and she decides to chance that, too. When the whole clan heads to Atlanta for a big Southern wedding, sparks fly--in a summer blowout no one will ever forget. This hilarious, rambunctious novel is pure Claire Cook: full of juicy conflict and unconditional love.

I loved "Must Love Dogs" - both the book and the movie. So when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it on a whim. It was on the shorter side, which was fine because I didn't find myself really invested in the story or the characters. The family in the book is super dysfunctional and while I have no problem with that, I felt the book introduced too many characters much too soon and without much explanation or back story. The dog storyline is rather cute, but everything else was pretty much predictable. This would make a great summer, beach read. During any other time, I would recommend someone opt for something else.


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