Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Club Friday-- Summer Reads.

Yes, I know it's the middle of September.  Forgive me for not posting some great beach reads until now.  These were some of the light reads/chick lit I read this summer.  Most were good, some not so much...
GoodReads Synopsis:  In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town—aspiring actress Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty—and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game... When the camera's start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?

My Thoughts:  I loved this series!  It was the perfect light, beach read.  I actually ended up liking Madison throughout this series (as opposed to the L.A. Candy series).  If you like fluffy chick-lit books, then I definitely recommend these!

GoodReads Synopsis:  Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret. 

My Thoughts: I liked this book, I didn't love it.  The story was rather depressing, and it all came together in a bizarre ending that seemed too strange to be true.  I did love the way Liane Moriarty wrote, and I loved the way she weaved several stories into her book.  I do look forward to reading more of her books.

GoodReads Synopsis:  Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.  But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

My Thoughts: This is probably Emily Giffin's most controversial book, which is odd considering that many of her books deal with (and somewhat glorify) infidelity.  I know many EG fans did not particularly care for this book, but I loved it.  I loved the setting of a football town in Texas, the characters, and yes, even the plot.  I did think Shea and Coach's relationship was rather odd and a little gross.  But, it was a fantastic story, and I couldn't put it down.

GoodReads Synopsis: From her sudden rise to fame as a golden-haired teen beauty, to recently redefining herself as a single working mother to three growing girls, Jennie Garth has defied the odds and thrived in a town that can be more than a little tough on its blondes. Since Jennie landed in Hollywood at just sixteen, she has built an enduring career as a television and film actress, producer and director, beginning with her iconic turn as Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling’s smash hit Beverly Hills 90210, a show that ran for a decade and which cemented Jennie’s place in American pop culture. Recently, Jennie found herself facing her forties from a place she never expected to be in: newly single, in demand again as an actress after years spent focusing on her family, and all over the tabloids. So she decided to do what surprised many—including herself: she decided to write about it, to tell her own story, in her own words. And now, in this intimate memoir, she explores the highs and lows of her life, both in front of the camera and behind closed doors, revealing the real Jennie Garth—smart, funny, and stronger than she ever realized.

My Thoughts: I had so much hope for this book, given my love for Tori Spelling's memoir.  But it was nowhere near as good.  Too much stuff no one would care about and not enough stories about things we all want to know.  Read at your own risk.