Who do you relate to the most in this book?
I loved this book. Thought the title was funny because at the time I was a stay at home mom and my hubby used to tease me about sitting home and eating bon bons and watching soap operas all day. LOL! Don't I wish! But this book was a fun, relatable book about friends who loved to read . It was fun to discover books I had read myself that the characters discussed. Recommend this read :o)
What a great book. I laughed & cried with this one.
Vivid characterizations, to be sure. But something about this book left the taste of spoiled bon bons in my mind's mouth. ;$
I agree with you. It was a quick read and kept me interested in the characters, but when it was over, there was not really much of value to take away.
An inspiring book on lives of familiar women, real life characters, with whom one easily identified, who have similar problems and the way they empower them each stage of their life!
A Women's club where they meet regularly, to discuss books, a private time for themselves, away from monotony and boring routine of their lives spending quality and precious moments of sharing and insights.
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. The characters were somewhat stereotyped and the fact that all (or most) of the story lines ended with all the threads neatly tied was a bit predictable, but still a good read for a beach or a trip.
My friend Liz recommended this book. Love the title. I enjoyed it and could relate to many of the issues the characters faced (marriage, birth, divorce, child rearing, death). It was fun and at times very funny and others sad. It is a true testament to friendship. I agree with Sandy g that this is a good beach read.
I enjoyed the characters and I also got a kick out of seeing what books they read.
Why do you think groups like AHEB-women who live near each other, raise children together, and bond over books together-persist even in a climate of working moms and in a culture that is flooded with other types of media?
I believe that women need other women to bounce ideas off and to talk out subjects that are of importance to them. Men tend to look for solutions to problems rather than to discuss a topic ad nauseum...and that is different from a female approach. By accepting and acknowleging others' stories without trying to fix the problems, women allow their friends to work through a situation by themselves.
These women were friends for 30+ years, but didn't actually reveal
themselves fully to each other. Each had a secret...infidelity, abuse,
childhood angst, etc that were kept submerged throughout most of the book. It was surprising to me that the women seemed so close, and yet were not completely as seemed on the surface. Some important topics were skipped by time passing and I was confused at the beginning of some chapters. When and how did Audrey get a divorce? When and how did Merit kick out abusive Eric? When and how did Slip discover she had breast cancer? These topics were omitted and might have made the book longer, but would have shown exactly how the women met their personal Waterloos and solved them.