Monday, February 18, 2013

Dolls Behaving Badly Review + Giveaway


This book is the best thing since Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Here’s why it’s even better:

1) It’s set in Alaska
2) Includes naughty dolls
3) Recipes for baked goods
4) Is hilariously and heartbreakingly true to life
5) Stephanie the babysitter (see review below)


Dolls Behaving Badly is a story so brutally honest and personal that its diary-style format couldn’t be more fitting.

What amazed me most was how much I could relate to the main character, Carla Richards, which is funny considering I’m not divorced, in debt, a single mother, painter or waitress. Yet I found myself nodding along with her comments throughout the book. Carla speaks for every woman who’s ever wanted more out of life. I hear you, sister!

Best of all, I laughed my head off in many places, which earned several stares as I read inside my car on the ferry.

Books that can make me laugh out loud earn a special place in my heart for all eternity.

Stephanie the babysitter is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. I could share a number of her witticisms, but I think her flier says it all:

GOT KIDS? HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WITH THREE YEARS
EXPERIENCE WILL WATCH, FEED, AND AMUSE YOUR
KIDS WEEKNIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, UNLESS
OCCUPIED WITH A TOTALLY AWESOME DATE.

The moment I read that, I could NOT wait to meet Stephanie. I almost wish I had kids – just so I could hire this larger than life teen! Maybe she’d dog sit?

The baking recipes scattered throughout the book reflect the mood of the main character with instructions like “eat late at night after a good cry” or “eat the whole damned batch by yourself” or “share with good friends and family. Laugh. Always have seconds.”

That last one was for Gramma’s Polish Apple Cakes, which I made this morning...and I did have seconds...and thirds.

Comedy, entertainment, life lessons, and recipes all rolled into one book. Dolls Behaving Badly goes onto my all-time favorite’s list.

*****

Check out my interview with author Cinthia Ritchie next Tuesday, February 26.


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3 comments:

  1. Stephanie sounds great and this sounds like a fun read!

    Nope, I don't keep a journal. I used to back in my emo days...I'm somewhat ashamed to admit I had those. I was typical and wrote crappy angsty poetry. Lame.

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    1. Now I adore you even more, Ali. I used to write crappy angsty poems, too.

      (I also used to think I was a deep, dark soul who experienced the world with an unmatched intensity and lonely heart.) It's true that the years mellow us out. Pity.

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  2. I'll write in my diary here and there. I don't write in it everyday. I'm too busy or I just forget about it. But when I'm feeling depressed or something bad is happening like when my mom passed away in 2007 I wrote in a special diary that was for the purpose of remembering your mom or loved one. And right now my dad has pancreatic cancer and it spread to his liver and I'm so afraid to lose him. The doctors said he has 3-6 months. So I write about how I'm feeling that day or I'll write about how sad its going to be to lose him and then I will have no parents at all. And that is going to be like a nightmare. Anyways, so yeah I do write in my diary when I need to let out my feelings. Sorry that I went on and on.
    Thank you for a chance to win this book in your giveaway!!

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