If you were (or perhaps still are) a fan of those home makeover shows, and love a good “Dating Game” scenario and enjoy a laugh-out-loud read to tuck into your beach bag on your next day at the beach, then you are going to LOVE this book!
Genre: Chick Lit
, with a brief trip to glitzy LA Chicago
Format: Trade paperback
Publication date: 2006
Opening Line: I’m on all fours, on a rug of questionable cleanliness, fumbling in the dark for my boots.
Favorite Passage: “So, shall we see what we have under here?” I ask.
“Oh, yes?” says Birdie.
“Of course, dear,” says Mom.
I grab the corner of the padding and begin to pull back. Birdie shrieks.
“Oh, sweet Jesus on the cross!”
My mom and I look down to see that what we have revealed isn’t gorgeous original hardwood floor, it is instead a huge nest of carpenter ants, enormous and shiny black, pouring up and out of a three-inch-wide hole in the sub flooring that we have uncovered by removing the rug and pad. The three of us run across the room and simultaneously leap up o the wonderful square coffee table I found. It promptly collapses, dumping the three of us into a pile on the floor.
Beach Read Rating: 4 out of 5 beach umbrellas
Review: This book grabbed onto the coat tails of the home improvement tv show popularity back in the earlier part of the century, but it might seem a bit dated by 2012 standards. I loved “Trading Spaces” and this book kind of gave a behind the scenes look at how harried and hectic the work schedule was to get that all remodeling done. (Really, they can get done in 48 hours what takes a mere mortal months to achieve? I guess so, if you have an entire crew behind the scenes. An that's the secret...there are a LOT of people behind the scenes.) I found that aspect of the book very interesting. I also enjoyed the “voice” of the main character, Lily, as it was fun and flirty. Call me old-fashioned, though, but I prefer a good romance where two people meet, fight for 300 pages, then get reach a forever-and-ever-amen ending. The new trend to see just how many men one woman can sleep with in one book is driving me crazy! But I did enjoy the “chick-lit” flavor of the book and found the characters witty and vivacious and, in a word, fun. And Lily did end up with just one guy in the end. It’s unclear if it’s a happily ever after thing or a you’ll do for the interim fling, but I felt satisfied as a reader.
At first, Lily was thrilled to appear on Swap/Meet. What better way for a