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Grow a Backbone and Get a New Wardrobe
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 21, 2016
Now that I have read almost every book in the series, I wanted to post a quick summary of my thoughts for other potential readers! Most of the stories are light-hearted romps at best, somewhat easy to figure out, but still engaging. I would definitely recommend them for a rainy day read. That said, let's take a look at a few of the more glaring issues that have been a bother to me and other readers I have spoken with.
The cast of characters is entertaining, but the way the author puts down the main character at every turn for the first few books makes you feel beat up by the time you're done. Sophie's family seems to idolize her ex-husband's new girlfriend who is also her rival. The comparisons between the two are constant throughout the series with Sophie always coming out on the short end of the stick...seriously, if my mother or sister ever spoke to me or treated me the way these characters are written, I'd kick them out of my house! On to the rival, Natasha, she is grating...mean, self-absorbed, and rude, most of which is directed at the main character, and Sophie takes it! Grow a backbone girl!!
And finally, the most confusing part of the whole series has been the mysterious draw that Sophie has when it comes to men...mind you the character is supposedly 40 something, but is described like a pudgy, grandma who is consistently dressed like my 75 year old grandmother in stretchy elastic waist jeans, turtle necks, and clip-on earrings. The list of men on her dance card are a mystery to both her and the reader!
Over all the books are a fun. Like I said, I have read almost all of them, but I needed to air my thoughts!