15 Jul 2013
SYNPOSIS from Goodreads –
In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticized and constantly tired.
Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked?
Whatever – it will definitely prove riveting gossip for the Tuesday Twice Monthlies, Cathy’s ‘Mothers Restaurant Research’ group where scandal flows as recklessly as the wine. But what starts as a light-hearted investigation with best friend Raz, soon turns into something much more sinister.
With a possible murderer on the scene, a sexy admirer igniting long-forgotten sparks, and all her friends hiding secrets, it’s not only Cathy’s marriage that’s in jeopardy. Add in the scheming antics of Declan’s new assistant, the stress of organizing the school Save The Toilet’s dance and the stage is set for a dangerous showdown and some very unsettling, possibly deadly, revelations.
MY TAKE –
First, let me note that this is the first British chick-lit novel that I have ever read. I was a little leery in the beginning due to the cultural differences in writing styles between American and British writers but once I became comfortable with the authors’writing style all was well.
The beginning of Looking for La La was somewhat slow and I actually sat the book down a number of times and walked away. Then, it was like someone flipped a switch and I didn’t want to stop reading. In fact, last night as I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep I kept thinking about the book and wondering what in the world was going to happen next. I finished the book today.
I developed a real love hate relationship with this book; primarily because of the main character, Cathy. There were a number of times where I was able to identify with her completely but others…not so much. For most of us life changes drastically after we have children. How we see ourselves, how we feel about ourselves, our view of life, and our expectations, it all changes. I could sympathize with some of the challenges that she faced but overall, I was completely turned off by her. Throughout the book Cathy came off as whiney, paranoid, disconnected, and I dare say a closet alcoholic. In all honesty, she pissed me off. It’s possible that there were things that I was not able to identify with because I’m a mom that works outside the home and Cathy is not; however, I really don’t think that was it. I tried to offer her the benefit of the doubt and kept asking myself what I would do if my husband started receiving love letters/postcards in the mail. Would I investigate? Would I try to talk to him? Would I start pointing fingers? I hope these are questions that will never have to be answered. Then, I asked myself how I would handle some of the obstacles that Cathy faced. Obviously I can’t answer this with certainty but I hope that I would handle things differently.
What saved the book for me was the“supporting” cast. Everyone had a part to play and each character helped develop the plot and added to the mystery of the storyline. However, I felt as though the act of actually looking for La La was a secondary focus versus the primary. The cover of the book says, “So many secrets…so little time” and I felt THAT was the main focus of this novel. The book was filled with chaos, secrets, and constant twists and turns.
Oddly, I did enjoy how the authors captured the essence of female relationships. Anytime you put a group of women together there are going to be differences in personality and opinions. Although there were many times in the story when these women came off as catty, a behavior that I tend to shy away from, I felt as the cattiness was necessary and realistic. Now that I think about it, there were points in the story when I felt as though Looking for La La was a twisted version of The Stepford Wives. My problem with so many characters is that there were times when I became confused about who was who. Maybe if there were fewer characters this would not have been an issue.
Overall, this was a good read. The ending was somewhat sudden but I still enjoyed the novel. The story is original, entertaining, and allowed me to explore a series of emotions. Looking for La La was written by Ellie Campbell, pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell and interestingly enough, the book was inspired by Pam’s husband receiving anonymous postcards in real life.
If you are looking for a lighter read and some chick-lit fun, pick up a copy of Looking for La La by clicking HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters writing team, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell, who collaborate from their respective homes in Surrey, England and Colorado, USA. Their novels How to Survive Your Sisters and When Good Friends Go Bad are published in print by Arrow books and available as e-books.
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AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE HERE
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