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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fifteen Minutes of Shame

Author: Lisa Daily
Rating: 4.5/5
Reason for Reading: An intense need for some lighter reading

Imagine yourself on the worst day of your life. You've just been told your husband is cheating with his ex-wife and is planning to leave you. Now imagine being told that on The Today Show where you are being interviewed as America's foremost dating expert. Yeah, Darby Vaughn is having a bad day.

Thanks to the shocking revelation on national TV, the sales of Darby's new book are tanking, fans are deserting her, and tabloids everywhere are having a field day at her expense. But harder still is trying to unravel why her husband left her. When they married, he had two children from a previous marriage and Darby threw herself into being a devoted stepmother. When she comes home after her disastrous interview on The Today Show to an empty house, she decides to fight for visitation rights with her stepchildren.

With the help of her crew of best friends, the "Dreamgirls", she begins putting her life back together. Which, of course, isn't easy. If she breaks her own well-publicized dating rules (i.e. taking back her husband) she's be a hypocrite. If she bounces back too quickly and starts hitting up the Hollywood parties with a hunk on her arms, she could jeopardize her custody battle, which is already an uphill fight.

I opened this book right away when I got it in the mail and I hardly put it down until I'd finished it. It's a quick, easy, fun read. I think what really hooked me is that Darby is a great character who manages to go through a traumatic situation if not perfectly, then with grace and wit. I loved the sharp, funny writing of this book.

Last week I was on national television, wearing a cute little non-mommy outfit and my favorite pair of Christian Louboutins, talking about how every woman deserves a fabulous life, and how they too can snag the man of their dreams. this week I'm crouching in filth, looking a lot like a homeless person because I forgot it was my turn to drive carpool this morning and I rushed out of the house wearing dirty sweatpants, the Who's Your Daddy sweatshirt I slep in, and a pair of sparkly pink flip-flops. I can't remember brushing my hair. Or my teeth.

None of the other characters in the book come close to being as interesting as Darby, but really it is worth reading this book just for Darby's story. By the end, I was really rooting for her to make the right decision in taking her husband back or not, and she didn't let me down. I don't want to ruin the ending for you, so if you'd like to know more, go ahead and pick up this book!

This book is from Pump Up Your Book Promotions as part of a blog tour for Lisa Daily's book.


Susan said...

Hi! I just found your blog from a link on Chris'.

I read Fifteen Minutes of Shame, and was surprised by how much I liked it. It was lots of fun. I was glad it had some substance, too, unlike other books in this genre.

Debi said...

Definitely not a book that ever would have caught my eye, but I gotta admit that you made it sound fun, Kim.

Stephanie said...

You know...sometimes you just have to lighten things up a bit! I used to read these kind of books all the time, but I think I just burned myself out.

Sounds like a fun one!!

Trish said...

Ohh! I completely understand the "intense need for something lighter"! Sounds like a great Saturday afternoon at the coffee shop type of read.

Kim L said...

Susan-Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I'm not a huge chick-lit reader either.

debi-it was a fun book, especially considering the fact that its not my usual genre.

stephanie-oh my gosh, yeah there is no way a person can read too many chick lit without going crazy. Even though there are good books in that genre, there are plenty of boring ones too. This is definitely one of the better ones.

trish-yes, it is exactly that kind of read! Perfect coffee shop read.

Alice Teh said...

Once in a while, I do read stuff like this. This one sounds like fun!