09 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

(Book) There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might be Going to Hell by Laurie Notaro


I had only read The Idiot’s Girls Guide to Christmas or whatever it’s called from this author before and it was funny – like really funny – so I had high hopes for this one. Plus the title is enough to crack me up. I’m very mixed on this book. The first half really wasn’t all that funny. I was thinking “Yeah, and there’s a very good chance I’m going to throw this book across the room in disgust”. But once they dubbed “Finding Nemo” it got funnier. It ended on a pretty funny note, but left me wondering about Ruby. It’s worth a read. It may have been I just wasn’t in the mood for this book, but I wish the funniness was in the first half too. It just fell flat for me in the start.


The first novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club is a rollicking tale of small-town peculiarity, dark secrets, and one extraordinary beauty pageant.

When her husband is offered a post at a small university, Maye is only too happy to pack up and leave the relentless Phoenix heat for the lush green quietude of Spaulding, Washington. While she loves the odd little town, there is one thing she didn’t anticipate: just how heartbreaking it would be leaving her friends behind. And when you’re a childless thirtysomething freelance writer who works at home, making new friends can be quite a challenge.

After a series of false starts nearly gets her exiled from town, Maye decides that her last chance to connect with her new neighbors is to enter the annual Sewer Pipe Queen Pageant, a kooky but dead-serious local tradition open to contestants of all ages and genders. Aided by a deranged former pageant queen with one eyebrow, Maye doesn’t just make a splash, she uncovers a sinister mystery that has haunted the town for decades.

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