21 October 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Death is a Relative Thing by Holly Patrone

Over the top chick lit. That’s probably the best way I could describe this book. It’s funny, it’s stupid and I couldn’t decide if I should roll my eyes or burst out laughing. This isn’t War & Peace, to be sure, but ya know… sometimes you really just need a book that will make you laugh a little – or a lot. I must admit that if I were taking the story at face value, I would have to say that it’s completely ridiculous. But it was supposed to be overly insane. That was the point.

I finished this one pretty quickly as I was anxious to find out what April would get herself into next.

But this book was a little more than this. Yes, it was pretty thin, but there’s a little bit of heart mixed in with all of that laughter and goofiness. Yes, it’s a fun book, but the author does try to give us a little bit of a message about moving on and the importance of going on with your life when things, well… suck.

Overall, I’d recommend this for a light beach read – or a winter night when you just need to curl up with a book, a glass of wine and a good laugh. A good piece of humorous chick lit.

April Serao’s love life is much like a desert, dry, dusty and a little cracked. Six years ago, her husband Sal died while having sex. That was bad, but he was with her, so it could have been worse, however he hadn’t finished renovating the kitchen, so it really could have been better. Now April’s raising their three sons alone. Word got around about how Sal met his unfortunate demise which has earned April a “killer good” reputation. Because of it, most men put a considerable amount of distance between her and them. Her mother Marie takes April to see a local celebrity psychic, convinced Sal will talk to them. April knows Sal hasn’t held up his end of a conversation in a long time but goes anyway because her mother is wiry tough, sports Cherry Cola #17 red hair and is a force to be reckoned with. She’s also a “Sicilian Guilt Trip” ninja, and April knows she won’t win the battle. April works as a Technical Support Engineer at a company called Tin Cup Software. Her co workers and occasional partners in crime are Rob and Marley. Rob has a hologram perfect family and Marley passes the time by tweezing chin hairs while talking to customers. She lives with a large multicolored parrot named Rodney that she believes is going through teenage angst. An out of state business associate asks April on her first date since Sal’s death and she soon finds herself struggling to balance her past, her children and friends and the possibility of new love. Her life, further complicated by a dead musician, a little latex and a few bad guys becomes a rollicking laugh out loud read that you won’t want to miss.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 52

3 Responses to “Death is a Relative Thing by Holly Patrone”

  1. Trish 22 October 2011 at 2:41 pm Permalink

    Interesting idea. Good luck!! 😉

    And hapy readathoning.
    Trish´s last blog post ..Readathon Oct ’11 Hours 1-6 Update

  2. Lucy 22 October 2011 at 3:33 pm Permalink

    Hope you’re enjoying your readathon experience. This sounds like a funny interesting read.

    I’m cheering for you!

    Readers get ready
    Readers get set
    Readers keep reading now
    You can’t stop yet!
    Great job!

    Lucy´s last blog post ..Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

  3. Jodine 22 October 2011 at 4:36 pm Permalink

    Holly’s book really is a fun read…it lightened up my day!

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