Hello everyone! If you’ve been around for a while then you probably picked up on the fact that I typically review Young Adult and/or self-published books. Don’t worry, I’m not going to stop that! However, the following book was recommended all over my friends’ BookTube videos recently and I decided to check it out on Overdrive and give it a whirl. So here we go!
Book Summary via Amazon:
A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.
Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it’s a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.
I was immediately captured by the witty, sarcastic writing style. Within the first few sentences I felt as though I was merely riding along with a few friends, discussing the random happenings of our lives..albeit slightly stranger happenings than normal but still…
These characters are not the type that you would imagine to be completely believable. However, they’re written very realistically and the way they come across is highly believable.
Flow and Pace/Reader Engagement:
Like I said earlier, I was immediately engaged and remained so throughout the entire book. Each story maintained a wonderful pace and the entire book flowed together in a wonderful voice and overall feel.
One wouldn’t imagine a short story collection of this sort to be particularly enriching for its readers. However, I feel as though I’ve been revived as an author by reading these little pieces (some of which discuss authoring along with their other themes). The way these little vignettes were written is refreshing and my brain feels as though it expanded and twirled in just the right directions to move along with the directions my own stories have been wanting to take.
Helen Ellis is the ‘bomb diggity’ of short story writing! The cover is gorgeous, the story telling is well done, the stories themselves are hilarious, and I absolutely adored this book.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars