This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Been There, Married That
Summary: A hilarious new novel full of Hollywood glitz, glamour, and scandal.
When he changes the locks, she changes the rules.
Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties.
But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there’s a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter…which she does. Needless to say, Agnes’ husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn’t the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and “skinny” jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back?
Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next…and how she’ll rise from the ashes.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Hold on folks- this is probably going to be a painful review to read….
OK, so this book was sent to me (actually, a Netgalley widget was sent to me!) and while at first I didn’t recognize the name of the author- I did see something about The Starter Wife and remembered that mini-series with Debra Messing and thought it might have been based on a book and I remember vaguely enjoying that mini-series… so I thought I was in good hands.
No. No. No. No.
While there were parts I chuckled at and some lines I liked- there was a lot that just didn’t work for me about this book. And I’m going to put some blame on the formatting of this e-ARC. The great thing about Netgalley is that you have the option to read books months in advance (this book comes out in Feb and I read it last summer in the pool) BUT if the formatting is off- the book can really suffer.
Example- sometimes I had NO Clue who was talking. I would have to re-read paragraphs.
Next example: Sometimes I think the author meant to have spaces separating scenes- not making new chapters- but just indicating we have moved further in the day or whatever. I would be reading, ok with my understanding of where we are, then things would change- without a break to let me know new people, new scenes, etc. That was FRUSTRATING.
And our main character- Agnes- well, while she might have prided herself on some of her snarkability- her naive attitude about some things drove me crazy.
What I liked:
SOME of the humor. I did chuckle a bit.
Bottom line: For me, between the formatting and just the book’s content- this just did not end up a winner for me.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T