Series: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman #8
Genres: Humor, Nonfiction
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: ebook, 320 pages
How I got it: Netgalley to provide an honest review
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
My rating: 4/5
The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men - a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’re always your own best lifeguard
This book is written my mother and daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. I have read several of Lisa Scottoline’s books and enjoyed them so I was excited to see what this book had to offer.
This book is told in a series of short chapters that talk about happenings in Lisa’s and Francesca’s current life as they are writing. The stories are meant to be more on the comical side, not truly reflective of Lisa’s novel style. The stories are told from Lisa’s perspective and Francesca’s perspectives in the different chapters. Lisa has more of the stories, but we do get alternating ones when Francesca takes over the story telling. The chapters/stories are short in nature so they are quick reads.
I enjoyed reading the stories about the current happenings in their lives. It was interesting to hear how everyday occurrences can be made into fun stories to listen too. I loved that we get to see the relationship between mother and daughter as they both speak about one another in their perspective stories. As a reader you can tell that the mother and daughter share a very deep and special bond.
Some of the stories are laugh out loud funny. We get to hear each of their own thoughts about what is going on. It was a fun read that I couldn’t put down once I started it. They talk about a lot of everyday modern happenings and give their opinion.
I would suggest this a nighttime read. It is a great book to take your mind off the day. The stories don’t follow one another so it is easy to read a few stories before bed to relax. The flow of the book does feel natural, but it doesn’t have a specific order.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley to provide an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
Francesca Serritella is a bestselling author and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She lives in New York with one dog and one cat, so far.