Thursday, July 20, 2006

Gushing In Progress

I'm not one to gush. If I don't like something, I have a very hard time pretending I do. The artful lie is just not one of my skills. Hair, clothes, food, books. Nothing is safe. When a restaurant manager stops by our table to see how things are, my husband cringes because I don't ever say "fine" when things aren't. If I got a rotten tomato in my salad, don't expect me to tell you things were peachy. Same goes for shopping with me. You try on a dress that makes you look like Attila the Ham Smuggler and I'm going to tell you that dress is not for you. Why would I let a friend walk around in any less than fabulous?

Which brings me to a book I read yesterday. It just might be the best piece of women's fiction I've read in the last ten years. Or ever. I can't think of a book in this category that I like better. This book even made me cry and - hello - I am NOT a weeper.

The book is Jane Porter's Flirting With Forty and it is fan-freaking-tastic. I read it in a matter of hours.
But there's more to this book than its entertainment value. It makes you think. About your life, about what personal happiness means, about how you see yourself, about how others see you. Don't be fooled by the cover - this isn't some fluffy chick lit (no offense intended, I love fluffy chick lit).

If this book doesn't move you, you might be dead. Read it and see for yourself.


  1. Oh sounds great! I'll pick it up today.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I can't wait to read it. I read the Frog Prince and really enjoyed it. This one looks super. I met Jane when I was working for NW Woman magazine. She is amazing. If you ever get a chance to see her speak, take it. She's awesome!

  3. I've been wondering about this book because I love the title so much! Now that you've given it such a gushy review, I think I'll pick it up!

  4. Ooh, I'll have to pick it up!

  5. Hey, Kristen, wow. What a super cool review on Flirting on your blog. I am grinning from ear to ear - so glad you liked the story and fingers crossed I'll see you at National in Atlanta!!

    Thank you. :)