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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bikini Season

Author: Sheila Roberts

I recieved a copy of Bikini Season thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion. You can get more info about Sheila Roberts' virtual book tour here.

Bikini season is about just that: trying to get into bikini shape by bikini season. Four friends turn their cooking club into the Teeny Bikini Diet Club in order to reach that goal.

Erin is stressed out about planning her wedding. She and her fiancée have very different ideas about how much money to spend on the wedding, and she is starting to wonder if they are really soul mates after all. Then when she tries on her wedding gown, to her horror it is about 2 sizes too small. A childhood friend of her brother's keeps bumping into her, and he, it seems hasn't quite forgotten their attraction to each other from way back when.

Angela is a stay-at-home mom, torturing herself over comparisons between herself and the hottie that works with her husband. He does seem to be keeping a secret from her, but does that mean he's cheating?

Megan has been overweight her whole life. Despite the fact she graduated at the top of her class at law school, she knows she'll have a disadvantage in her career if she can't find a way to overcome her insecurities and learn the art of schmoozing clients.

Kizzy knows she has to lose weight. Her doctor told her in no uncertain terms what the consequences are if she doesn't. But that doesn't seem to be stopping her husband, Lionel from sabotaging the diet.

I'll admit up front this is a genre I have not read much of. It has also been awhile since I read a book that split the narration evenly between so many characters. As is inevitable with that style, there are some characters I wanted to read more about, and some less. I could relate best to Erin and her wedding stress; I got married about a year and a half ago, and how well I remember all the stress of dealing with vendors and dates and prices and family issues. Her transformation from hating Dan (the childhood crush) to gradually seeing him in a new light was cute and romantic. Angela's whining about her husband when everyone else kept telling her he wasn't cheating got annoying after awhile. The Tiny Bikini Diet Club comes up with some creative weight-loss ideas, including pole dancing and Dance Dance Revolution. And of course, the characters go through ups and downs with their weight-loss goals.

Overall, I thought this was a cute book about finding yourself. If you are a fan of the chick-lit genre, this one is definitely worth your time.

** Sidenote: Doesn't the puppy on the cover of the book look like my puppy? Yet one more reason to like the book.


Melody said...

I seldom read chick-lit nowadays, but will still look out for this one.

I agree the dog on the cover looks very much like your dog!! So adorable!!! :)

Dorothy Thompson said...

Thank you, Kim, for reviewing Sheila's book...I'm a little late on the draw today but I wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated. ;o)

And the doggie IS cute!

Anonymous said...

What a cute puppy! He does look like the one on the book cover!

This sounds like a fun read - good summertime reading.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed her previous book. She's a fantastic writer. And I agree with everyone else about the puppy. :)

Kim L said...

melody-it is worth the time if you are interested in chick lit!

dorothy-no problem, I enjoyed the opportunity.

ravenousreader-thank you, I'm quite partial to him :-) And yes, good summertime reading.

j. Kaye-if you are already a fan, I'm sure you'd like this book!

Alice Teh said...

Your pup does look like that pup on the pic! I think I might give the book a try... :D

Trish said...

Is that a Cavalier King Charles? So adorable! My mother-in-law had a Cav King Charles, but now she goes for the smaller King Charles (eck!). What a cutie yours is, though!