Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review - Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella
St. Martin's Press 
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Date Read: July 1, 2015

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.

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I am absolutely amazed by how closely I can relate to these authors. This collection of humorous essays made me chuckle often and tear up occasionally. I have read quite a few of Lisa Scottoline's books and have even stood in line to have her sign my book exactly twice. Both of these authors have a phenomenal sense of humor.

If you are looking for a book with a plot, this isn't that kind of book.  This a collection of very short stories that share a few observations and give you just a peek into their world.  This is the perfect book to read just a bit at a time.  Each story takes just a few minutes and can put a smile on your face almost instantly.  I actually think that this would be the perfect book to load on a smart phone and read anytime you find yourself waiting somewhere. 

I could relate to both author's writing almost equally.  I have been out of the dating scene for a while and although I may sometimes think fondly of that time, this book reminded me that it really wasn't all that much fun.  When they talked about Mother Mary's hospice care, I couldn't help but tear up but not because the story was told in a depressing manner.  They both talked about that time in such an honest and realistic manner that it brought back a lot of memories and I like to remember so that's a good thing. 

Most of the book is a light and fun.  I would bet that most women will find something to relate to in this book because they hit on a wide range of subjects.  This book talks about friends, diets, movies, dogs, cats, Bradley Cooper, boyfriends, fitbits, subways, ponies, and a whole list of other topics.  There were even a few pictures that helped bring the story to life.  I love pictures.  There were sections of the book that I read aloud to my husband - not because he cares about what I am reading but I just loved what was being said so much that I felt like I had to share it with someone and he was available.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I have read a lot of Lisa Scottoline's work but only one other humorous novel which I also enjoyed.  I plan to work my way through the rest of these books soon and hope that there are a lot more to come in the future. 

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Photo by April Narby
About the Authors

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which releases in April 2015. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman's perspective.

Lisa Scottoline's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Francesca Serritella was born in Philadelphia. She graduated with honors from Harvard, where she majored in English and received the Charles Edmond Horman Prize and the Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize for her creative writing, as well as the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for her senior thesis, a novella. She and her mother, author Lisa Scottoline, write a weekly column in The Philadelphia Inquirer called "Chick Wit," where she offers a humorous look at their family and life in general. The column has been published in six collections, the first, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, the second, My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space, the third, Best Friends, Occasional Enemies, the fourth, Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim, the fifth, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, and the sixth and most recent, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? Today, Francesca lives in New York City with her beloved dog, Pip. She is working on a novel.

Francesca Serritella's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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