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starter wifeThis was another procurement of mine when Borders went out of business in 2010. I’m slowly making my way through the last of those books but I’d say I still have four or five. That still ranks as one of the most satisfying experiences of my life – filling a huge box full of books and probably spending under $30.

Anyway, this is a fluff piece of literature, but still incredibly fun and filled with references to the Hollywood Elite, what they eat, what they wear, and where they’re seen – so much so that I don’t doubt the author has direct experience with this crowd.

This is also hitting me hard because the main character, Gracie, is 41 and I just turned 40. Some of what she goes through as far as looking at herself in the mirror is very relatable – even though she’s lived a very privileged life with access to personal trainers, Botox and plastic surgery. Feeling like her life is over because no man will ever find her attractive again … well, let’s just say the thought has also crossed my mind a bit.

However, fairly quickly she discovers a new love, proving herself wrong. So in the grand scheme of things, it ends pretty neatly. We don’t get to see any of the messy details of her divorce from Kenny, and it seems like the two might even end up being friends after he’s dumped by Britney Spears. Yes, THAT Britney Spears.

Even though it’s now the dead of winter, I’d recommend this for a beach read if you are so lucky to be near a beach!

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