Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Slightly Suburban by Wendy Markham

I fell in love with Tracey and her crazy antics with the first book, Slightly Single, over four years ago. I remember laughing out loud and even discussed part of the book with the author about how wonderful and crazy the characters were. While I still do enjoy the books, the humor has toned down and there are fewer crazy antics. However, I felt that Slightly Suburban was heartwarming and I give it a B.

From Amazon:
It seemed exciting at first, but after two and a half years in New York, Tracey has to admit her life…well, sucks. Sure, she makes a decent living as a copywriter, but Blaire Barnett Advertising is a cutthroat world that basically swallows her life. If she does manage to get home before nine, she's usually greeted by husband Jack's best bud, an almost—permanent fixture in their tiny, unaffordable apartment. Add the circus freaks stomping around upstairs, and Tracey decides it's time to move.
After quitting her job, she and Jack take the plunge into the nearby suburbs of Westchester and quickly discover they're in way over their heads. Their fixer-upper is unfixable, the stay-at-home yoga moms are a bore and Tracey yearns for her old friends—she even misses work!
So which life does she really want? Other than Jack's wife, who is she? If Tracey merely has to find her own Slightly Suburban niche, it had better be just around the corner, because there're no subways here!

The book was fairly predictiable, but it was an easy read and perfect for those five minute intervals I had to sneak a bit in. This product description is wrong, however, because Tracey does not quit her job and this plays a part in the story. I think the biggest difference between this book and the previous ones is that Tracey has grown up quite a bit and the focus is more on her and not her and her friends. Her friends were a great sense of humor, and I think that played out a bit of my not total love for the book. However, I am not disappointed and am glad that I read the book.

Up next is Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner. I always enjoy her books and am kind of in the mood for a creepy thriller. It is raining and the weather has turned a bit chilly. Fall is definitely here and I have been feeling a bit down and I am sure it is directly related to the weather. I hate the change of the seasons and have struggled with depression for the past year and a half. I know my moods fluctuate due to the colder weather, staying inside and the less time of sunlight. I feel a bit hopeless and helpless as I look towards the long cold winters Detroit always has and it really gets me down. I really need to move south where I can get warmer weather year round. Well, I don't mean to get everyone else down, so I will say goodnight and get to reading. Happy Reading!

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