Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Description from the publishers through Netgalley
A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.
Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she’s ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?
Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)
In the vein of Bridget Jones’ Diary and real life, Smothered is a story that some people can relate to. Yes, I have seen the reviews on Good reads that mention that Lou comes from a background of privilege, but really people? Take this story for what it is, a funny, often realistic take on a recent college graduate that has no job prospects and has to move back home.
I really enjoyed reading this. It was a refreshing break from the mysteries and more serious genres I have been reading. It was light-hearted and entertaining and a perfectly quick, summer read. I love the style of this book; by incorporating not only diary entries but texts and Instagram posts as well, it just added to the whimsy of this book.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.