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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: OPEN HOUSE

What a fun, crazy book. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to be amused by the antics of a recently separated woman ("Sam") with an 11-year-old son, who takes on a roommate to help pay the mortgage. The subsequent revolving roommates are absolute characters who add immensely to the drama. Sam's preteen son's indifferent, sometimes nasty attitude is right on (I would know). I loved the other characters in the book as well. Sam's long-distance friend, Rita, is blunt and honest and over-the-top but at least you know where she stands; and her new friend "King" is likable and sweet (the way they meet is quite interesting). What a great friend he turns out to be. King not only hooks Sam up with a temporary job agency but babysits for her as well. The story follows Sam as she struggles with her sadness and low self-esteem after her husband leaves her, how she handles her intrusive mother and grudgingly accepted blind dates, and how she "finds" and finally loves herself. The ending will surprise you. Really. It will.

Elizabeth Berg's writing is similar to Jennifer Weiner, whom I adore. She's witty, funny and surprisingly - very surprisingly at points - straightforward. Throughout the book I giggled like a school girl, grinned like a circus clown or laughed out loud. Can't wait to read her other books.

5/5

3 comments:

Diane said...

Your review was great, but for me, I recall no caring for this book when I read it several years ago. See how different all of us book lovers are?? LOL

Diane said...

Lynne...Thanks for telling me about your doggie "pocketing the change story"...LOL I did get a chuckle, although I know it is nothing to laugh about. Buddy is still at the VETS, i should be hearing more soon.

BTW: I LOVED The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, but that's me...LOL

writemeg said...

OK, I've had Open House languishing in my bookcase for more than a year now... I think it's time I broke it out! I loved Berg's Dream When You're Feeling Blue and started just collecting up her novels, but I haven't read any of them since Joy School (which was OK for me).

And I love Jennifer Weiner, too! She has such a great voice. I'll definitely be reading this one -- thanks for reminding me about it! :)

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