Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Books I've read this week - Aging with Grace

Aging with Grace by Greg Liberman ©2009

From the book cover: “Grace, a middle-aged housewife, is dissatisfied with her looks, her husband, and her lifestyle. Grace is certain that she was meant to lead a more exciting life than the one she finds herself in. She finds the thrill she is looking for and more when she reconnects with a high school friend through a social networking website. Suddenly, Grace is hobnobbing with celebrities, wearing designer clothes, and being wooed by Victor, a mysterious Hollywood powerhouse. Soon Grace is flying off to Malibu on a whim to hook up with Victor, all the while lying to her husband and her two daughters.

Grace has no qualms about accepting all Victor has to offer – a fabulous beach house in Malibu with closets full of designer clothes for her, plastic surgery, a part in a movie as well as a lavish lifestyle. Does Grace finally get everything she always wanted and deserves, or is there more to Victor that meets the eye? Find out in this exciting, fast-paced and humorous look at selfishness and desire.”

Oh, my! If there was ever a story character that I loved to hate, it was Grace. She is the most obnoxious, self-centered, immoral person who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. She's a suburban housewife with two kids. When she finds out her old friend is a celebrity photographer, she’s consumed by jealousy and wants to be part of the scene. What got me is that she never hesitated or thought twice about what her actions might do to her family. Almost every word out of her mouth was a lie no matter whom she was speaking to. Her husband is going through a crisis at work and trying to start over and her two daughters need her, but she just ignores their problems. She alienates all her friends by telling them what she really thinks of them. I had to keep reading just to see if she would get her just rewards. I didn’t find much humor in the book. Grace was too frantic to accomplish what she wanted even when she wasn't popping pills, and the results were anything but funny. This is a good book if you want something to pass a hot summer day. Read it and count your blessings if your friends are not like Grace.

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