Back in the Burbs Review
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, Marriage & Divorce, Women
Two powerhouse authors bring you a hilarious tale of one woman’s journey to find herself again.
Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months—ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.
But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.
Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.
Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.
There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just...done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do.
First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer.
This was an amazing story. I was laughing my ass off, groaning, crying throughout the ENTIRE book.
Mallory has A LOT going on – she’s getting a divorce, her parents are pressuring her not to go through with it, and she inherited a huge house in desperate need of some love. Oh, and she doesn’t have a job and is broke! Mallory is such a strong woman in face of all the adversity she’s facing. I found myself relating to her and found her journey very inspiring.
Nick…what can I say about that fine specimen? My ovaries definitely agree with Mallory’s!! He sees his neighbor struggling and tries to help. But with all Mallory has going on, and is trying not to repeat past mistakes, she’s not exactly open to accepting help. The banter between these two is hilarious!
I didn’t know I was going to love this book so much, I definitely recommend it and will be re-reading.