I was lucky enough to read Blow Me by Lennie Ross as part of the Chick Lit Plus organized blog tour. I want to thank both Lennie and Samantha for allowing me to be a part of this tour!
I know you're probably dying to know what this book is about (and with a title like Blow Me, how could you not be curious?) so here is the synopsis for you from Goodreads:
Blow Me is the story of three single women—each close to forty and living a life they have long outgrown. Aware that the women’s magazines of their youth sold them a false bill of goods about having it all—the amazing career, the baby, the house, the husband—each woman is desperate to achieve some sense of stability. Skylar, a hairdresser/executive assistant who lost her job and burned down her apartment after a fondue party, is living out of her car; Chloe, a struggling actress/real estate agent with a French Canadian accent who has never sold a house and doesn’t have her SAG card, struggles to get a Green Card; and Dawn, an MBA-educated dating matchmaker, is hedging her bets against the ticking clock by freezing embryos. Their lives are in chaos and their only hope is to be rescued through marriage or by a Hairy Godfather. Situated in the shallow world of Los Angeles, this provocative novel in the style of Sex and the City provides a humorous look at aging, dating, and being single in the new millennium.Overall, this was a pretty good book. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. The novel was funny and the ending was nicely wrapped up, but there were a few things that didn't sit well with me, including the aforementioned ending. Without giving too much away, I felt like two of the characters (Dawn and Skylar) had everything almost handed to them and their life problems were completely solved because of the men they met. It was all just a little too...easy. I understand that they both had hard times before meeting their men (Dawn isn't happy with her job and feels her biological clock ticking and Skye gets fired and starts living out of her car) but they got everything they ever could have wanted by the end of the novel. Maybe I wasn't ok with this because I'm just jealous :) I'd love everything to fall into place like they did for Dawn and Skye. You will notice that I haven't mentioned Chloe yet. She's a (not very successful) real estate agent and wannabe actress and at the end of the novel her life ends up a quite a bit differently than the other women. I'll let you read the book to find out for yourselves because it's definitely a laugh out loud moment.
As you could see from the synopsis, the three women are around forty years old. I don't know if it's because of the way they acted or because I'm in my twenties, but I kept picturing them as much younger. There were multiple times throughout the novel that I had to remind myself that these women were not, in fact, twenty somethings, but instead, they were older women who hadn't found their right paths in life yet. I think this is the reason why I didn't love the book - maybe I'm just too young to really relate to them. That, and I have no clue what it's like to live in L.A.!
Even with these issues I had with the book, the novel still kept me entertained throughout the story. Some of the hijinks the women get up to are just so outrageous but somehow work (particularly the fire that happens in Skye's apartment...ridiculously hilarious). It's also fairly ridiculous that the three women are friends but sometimes really can't stand each other. I know some friends get annoyed with even their BFF's sometimes but this was a whole new level. It's like they didn't always get each other on a fundamental level but were still really good friends, especially Skylar and Dawn. It's actually kind of like Samantha and Charlotte on Sex and the City. They're friends because of a mutual friend and while they are quite different, they're still very good friends. Does that make sense to anyone else who's read Blow Me?
website to learn more about her! Thanks again to Samantha and Lennie for having me be part of this tour!
Happy weekend reading, everyone :)