BOOK REVIEW: GREAT AUNT SOPHIA’S LESSONS FOR BOMBSHELLS (ADULT FICTION)
GREAT AUNT SOPHIA’S LESSONS FOR BOMBSHELLS by LISA CACH
I simply couldn’t put this down – read it cover to cover in one day. Lisa Cach is riotous. While it is entirely possible I understand the feminist humor in this because I am a fellow graduate of the oldest all women’s college in the country (like Cach), I LOVED THIS BOOK. If I could buy a copy for each and every one of my gal pals I would! I was busting out laughing. If you want a taste of her dry-humored wit, pick up the book at the store and read from 79 to 81. LOL!!!!
So, premise: Grace, a 26-year-old graduate student, is working on her thesis for her PhD. In what? Women’s studies. Her working title? “The Belle of the Ball Cries Alone: How Beauty Brings Unhappy Endings in the Emotional Lives of Women.”
To help with her thesis, she decides to take up her ancient, B-movie actress of an Great Aunt (Sophia) on an invitation to stay with her at her beach house in Pebble Beach, CA. Beach house turns out to be a mansion and Sophia turns out to be loaded. Two men – Declan (drop-dead, movie star handsome MBA and Sophia’s financial advisor) and Andrew (cute in a Birkenstock way and Sophia’s personal physician) hang about the house. Declan immediately tries to put the moves on Grace, who is determined to prove that she is a feminist and, therefore, detests men like Declan. Only problem? She is somewhat attracted to him and she finds her most basic desires trying to overthrow her brain. But, DAMN IT! She SHOULD be attracted to the doctor who obviously thinks with his brain and not his . . . .
Anyway, to make matters FAR WORSE, Aunt Sophia is determined to prove that the thesis is a load of crap and challenges Grace to let her transform her into a bombshell over the course of the summer. Sophia believes that beauty = power and that a woman who believes she is beautiful, and acts like it, also becomes beautiful on the inside and strong as hell.
Anywho, insanity ensues, the thesis goes to hell and Grace learns that Aunt Sophia is one devious old lady . . . but also damn brilliant.
Go. Now. BUY. No way you can put it down. JUST TERRIFIC!
This sounds like a great book! I’m going to add it to my reading list!
You will love it!
Thank you for the great review! I’m so glad you appreciated the feminist humor; it’s especially nice to hear that from a fellow MHC-er. One of the great things about fiction is that you can play – and I do mean play, as in have fun with – philosophical positions.
(I’ve Facebook’d, Tweet’d, etc. a link to the review.)
It truly was a fabulous read. I must have looked like a fool to anyone who saw me – I continued to burst out laughing through the whole story. Wonderful. Just wonderful. I am so glad I bought a print copy so I can hand it off to my friends!