Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom Book Review

Confessions of a Wedding Musician Mom

By Jennifer McCoy Blaske

Genre: Women’s fiction, chick lit, comedy

4 out of 5 stars. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. I really enjoyed this quick, easy read! Heather is a stay-at-home mom of two who feels like she has lost herself in the raising of her children. When she runs into an old college friend, she remembers her love of music and playing the piano. Heather decides to become a wedding musician and a series of hilarious hi-jinks follow! From a yard sale to a working as a substitute teacher, Heather is committed to raising the money she needs to get her business of this ground.

This book was just so funny and relatable. You felt like you were talking to a best friend who had a series of unfortunate, yet hilarious, events happen. I really liked the writing style and it was an extremely engaging story. I chuckled a lot! I would highly recommend this book to fans of chick lit, women’s fiction, and comedy. I would love to read more from this author in the future!

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Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies Book Review

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

By Laura Stampler

Genre: Chick Lit, YA

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Blurb

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . . .

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

Harper Anderson is Carrie Bradshaw for a new generation, and debut novelist Stampler writes from experience – she has been writing about dating in the Big Apple for years, most recently as a reporter for Time, where she wrote about the intersection of technology and culture, covering everything from apps to her Tinder mishaps. Inspired by Stampler’s first-hand experience not only on the dating scene, but also in the glamorous (and sometimes not-so-glamorous) world of New York City media, LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES is the perfect accessory for every girl’s summer beach bag.

My Review

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a really cute and fun teen read! 4 out of 5 stars.

Harper Anderson is a writer for her high school newspaper who decides to apply for a summer internship in New York for a fashion magazine. She doesn’t have much experience with dating (do spin the bottle games and a horrific prom experience count?) and is applying to be the arts writer, but gets invited to be the dating writer. She probably shouldn’t have stolen her more worldly best friend’s story for her application, but Harper is determined to cram in some dates so she has something to write about.

Harper lives with a very interesting character in New York and struggles to make friends with the other interns. Luckily, she has a friend in dog walker Ben and starts becoming more lucky in love. Can she keep the charade up forever?

I loved that this book was set in New York and really enjoyed reading about Harper as a “fish out of water.” There were a lot of interesting characters- from flashy Aunt Vee to extremely ambitious Makayla. This was almost a coming of age story with Harper making some mistakes and finding out who she really is. There was a lot of character development. This book had a lot of funny parts, like when Harper gets a fake ID and is furiously trying to memorize all the details about her “character” and the other girls are acting like she’s crazy. I must say that her intermittent blog posts throughout the book were also a really fun addition to the story. I have some friends who would love to play online dating bingo!

Overall, this is a really fun read for young adults. I would recommend it for older teens, since some of Harper’s escapades are too adult for pre-teens to be reading about (in my opinion). Fans of young adult chick lit will love it!

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Interrupted Book Review

Interrupted

By Jen Hatmaker

Genre: Non-fiction, memoir

3 out of 5 stars. I had been wanting to read this book for a long time after reading “Seven.” I finally picked it up and read it in a few days. I knew the basic premise of it after reading the other book. In fact, I feel like a person could just read “Seven” and wouldn’t need to read “Interrupted.” It was much of the same ideas. It tells the story of Jen and Brandon Hatmaker leaving their comfortable church position to start a new church that focuses more on community outreach than feeding those already in the church. There were a lot of good points, but they were repeats of points in “Seven.” I did highlight a lot of the book because there were a lot of profound quotes, but the ideas were familiar. I got a little annoyed by how often Jen quoted other people. I guess it was good to see that she wasn’t alone in her ideas, but it reminded me of a research paper. Sometimes the quotes were awkwardly introduced. Overall, I would recommend a person just read “Seven” and they will get all this content plus more.

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