Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book #24 - New Old Best Cool Friend

Book #24 hooks me with it's title ("shoe" is in it....) the cover (a shopping bag!) and a tagline about how all women have a secret.. but not all women know how far will they go to make sure their secret stays secret. Love it!

Book #23 was about puzzles and patterns and how the best place to hide something is in plain sight. This book takes the reader along the same line, but in a lower tech less intense journey.

I wasn't supposed to read this book yet; one of my international students checked a book out from the library since he had none of his favorites here in town. The book is due in two days, and I promised to finish it by then.

Still, I pick this one up first. If I were at Target or Barnes and Noble and wanted to grab a book I know I would love, this book would be it.

 I'd take it on a plane (wait, I never go on planes) or to the beach (wait wait if I read my kids might drown) or anywhere I'd like the company of a funny smart chick-lit romp.   If this book were a TV series it would be in the same genre as Desperate Housewives, Greys Anatomy, Girls, and Sex and the City.  Light, smart, hip, fun.

The premise is something like this.

 Four friends mess up on a trip to Vegas.  Not as bad as the guys in the Hangover, but they do enough damage each in their own way that they need to come together and find a solution.

My favorite character was the one who accidentally slept with a prostitute and then had to act cool when the money came due; but also I enjoyed the one who accidentally took cash advances from the "WRONG CARD" and well, you'll see because this is the kind of book someone will pass to you sooner later.  Not to ruin the surprise ending, but they find a way to make money and solve their problems by using their natural talents. The start a business as phone sex operators and make plenty of money, and then when it almost falls apart, they stick together against the mean girl.

It took me less than 3 hours to read this book, and I would definitely seek out the author and read the rest of her books and if this were my book I'd pass it on to someone who needs a fun story they can lose themselves in for a little while.

Secrets of a Shoe Addict by Beth Harbison