Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weekly Reads: Twisted Sisters

I put in a purchase request at my library for Jen Lancaster's newest book, Twisted Sisters as soon as I heard its release date, so I was the first one to get my hands on it at the library. 150 pages in, I was wishing I didn't pick it up at all. Lancaster's memoirs are pretty hilarious, but her last three works of fiction have fallen miserably short IMO. The only funny parts of the story were pieces of current pop culture rewritten in a humorous way. The main character was deplorable, which was the intention, but it was so hard to give a $#!+ if she righted her ways in the end. And don't even get me started on the body swapping crap. Ugh.

Oh! And my super nit-picky complaint about the book--the main character is a runner, and spouts her Chicago Marathon PR as 4:28 (or something close to that) and that her goal is to make it sub 10 minute miles. And then she goes on her usual five mile training run and runs it in 29 minutes. Um, nope.

My rating: 2.5 stars

Summary from goodreads:

Reagan Bishop is a pusher. A licensed psychologist who stars on the Wendy Winsberg cable breakout show I Need a Push, Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results.

Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite. When a national network buys Reagan’s show, the pressures for unreasonably quick results and higher ratings mount. But Reagan’s a clinician, not a magician, and fears witnessing her own personal failings in prime time. (And seriously? Her family will never let her hear the end of it.) Desperate to make the show work and keep her family at bay, Reagan actually listens when the show’s New Age healer offers an unconventional solution…

Record Nielsen ratings follow. But when Reagan decides to use her newfound power to teach everyone a lesson about sibling rivalry, she’s the one who will be schooled…

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