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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride: Review

Sorry guys this is going to be a short review, my brain has gone mushy after answering too many reference questions

The Cougar Club

Susan McBride
Avon (Harper Collins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-177126-2
Pages: 309
Received copy as a prize (signed too) from the Cougar Tales website

Publishers Description: Meet three women who aren't about to run and hide just because the world says they should be on the shelf and out of circulation.

Her life seems perfect until she loses her high-powered advertising job and catches her live-in lover in a compromising position—with his computer!

This sexy TV news anchor is in danger of being replaced by a twentysomething blond bimbo. Wasn't it just yesterday that she was the up-and-coming star?

A married dermatologist, Elise thinks her plastic surgeon husband is playing doctor with someone else.

Kat firmly believes that aging gracefully isn't about giving up; it's about living life with your engine on overdrive. So this unofficial "Cougar Club" quickly learns three things about survival of the fittest in today's youth-obsessed society: True friendship never dies, the only way to live is real, and you're never too old to follow your heart.

Review: Some of my enjoyment of this book came from the fact that I read it while on vacation at Smugglers Notch and the fact that it wasn't another dark and twisted piece of Canadian literature. That being said I really enjoyed this one. It is light and laugh your ass off funny at times and other times makes you really think about womens lives after they hit the big 40 (and I am less than 2 months away from that big #)

The characters are interesting, if not horribly realistic. I do have to say that I REALLY didn't like the character of Carla and honestly just wanted to smack her alot, but it didn't really affect my overall enjoyment of the story. I just wanted more of Kat or Elise and so much less of Carla the irritating whiny bitch (Sorry have to be honest) I loved the friendship between the 3 ladies and it really reminded me of that saying "A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway" The book really is more about true and lasting friendships than being a Cougar, but that is why I think I liked it so much. Susan McBride has created a realistic example of female friendship. The women in this story have rebuilt their friendship and learned the importance of maintaining closeness with your true friends who love you no matter what. It was really nice to read about how healthy it can be for women to provide support to one another, and most importantly to just let loose and have fun!

I know a lot of people have a problem with the term Cougar, since it is often used in such a negative light, but don't let that stop you from buying the book. I also don't think there is anything wrong with being a Cougar -- men have been dating women way younger than them for centuries.

My only little complaint is that things got tided up a little too quickly and at times the plot was slightly predictable, who didn't guess that Elise's husband was going to be gay. Other than that I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to ANY women over the age of 30.

This is my first Susan McBride story and I will definitely be checking out more by her. Now I am off to the Reference desk to ogle some of the sexy young Firefighting Students (Only the ones over 25 though-- any younger and it just gets creepy no matter if you are a guy or a girl)

1 comment:

  1. The writing, although very smart, is also funny and down to earth. I found myself shaking my head at so many of the descriptions in the book and particularly at the reflections made by the women as they try to navigate their way through romance and men of all ages.

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