It is July 20th: time for out What We're Reading Linky Party. Bonnie and I co-host this party every month, and Bonnie is hosting it at her blog, The Boatwright Family.
Over the weekend I read Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews. I have read several of her books, and just a few months ago I read The Fixer Upper, which I loved. You can read my post about it here.
This book starts out fairly promising. Andrews' characters always have strong, individual voices, and the three friends in this book are unique and intriguing characters. Their names are Ellis, Dorie, and Julia. They are childhood friends who attended an all-girls' Catholic school in their hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Now they are in their mid-thirties, and they have not visited each other in a couple of years. In order to reconnect, they rent a house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the entire month of August. Each woman is facing a crisis invovling very difficult decisions, and all three women have enjoyed success in their respective fields. What I don't understand about their story is why the women make very poor, stupid decisions throughout the book.
Stupid Decision #1: Dories's older sister had committed to joining the three friends, but she backs out at the last minute. They rent a larger house for four rather than three, and Dorie budgets her trip based on her sister's share of the rent. Dorie's poor decision is that she asks a stranger she meets in a diner to rent the extra bedroom from them: a woman who seems rather shady. Her name is Maryn, and she does bring trouble with her.
Stupid Decision #2: Ellis becomes attracted to the broker than broke landlord of Ebbtide, the house they are renting. His name is Ty, and he is a law school dropout, surfer dude, and day trader. The wise woman would turn away from his abs and run like heck.
Stupid Decision #3: Julia wants to spend a whole month away from a successful man who loves her and wants to marry her. She also loves him, but she is acting immature.
Although these women are supposed to be relatively smart, they revert back to immature, whining, cursing adolescents when they are together. I was so disappointed by the cursing in this book. I did not realize that mature, successful, thirty-something women behaved this way. To me, it seems way out of character. I did not find their immature antics cute at all. I actually find myself wincing at the things they do.
If you want to read a fun book by Andrews, please read The Fixer Upper. Normally I do not post about books I don't like, but there has been a lot of talk about this one, and I like several of Andrews' other books. I felt almost obligated to warn you about these stupid and immature characters . Do you know what Julia, Ellis, Dorie, and Maryn need? A sassy gay friend. I expected him to appear at any moment and say, "What! What! What are you doing? You are a stupid b*tch!" Warning, he says the "b" word!
Please share your summer reading with us!
Until next time...