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 shes 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 clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctors prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lous 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 doesnt mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)...
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This book is trying very hard to sound like "Bridget Jones' Diary". The main character writes about her day, keeps track of her goals/weight plans, complains about her mother, etc. Unlike the aforementioned book though, I’m not rooting for the heroine at all. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to sympathize/relate to the main character, Lou, or not, which is disconcerting honestly because I think the intention was for readers to root for her? If I'm supposed t ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading SMOTHERED; it's laugh out loud funny! After graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, Lou moves in with her family while searching for a job. If you are looking for some light reading, this is it! I received SMOTHERED for an honest review.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and for that, I am thankful.
I can't imagine how furiously annoyed I'd be if I spent the estimated $18.99 on this. By no means is it the worst book I've ever read, but I can't recommend it.
Originally marketed as a young-adult crossover novel, I believe it has been fixed and is now being marketed more appropriately as an adult novel.
It took me well over a month to finish Smothered. I dreaded having to read it because of the headache that was sure to accomp ...more
As a recent graduate, post-uni depression has hit me HARD, so I thought I had found the perfect book in this, but nope. Lou wasn't in any way relatable, the family is super rich and spending an extraordinary amount of money in every turn; it's clear that the only reason why she wants to find a job is to get some "HA, in your face! I'm so independent!" points, like that one friend she keeps badmouthing but secretly wants to be like, and NOT because she has any actual need for that money. She does ...more
A wonderful laugh out loud book. Really enjoyed the characters. I won this book through goodreads.
Hilarious! There were so many laugh out loud moments. My face hurts from all the smiles.
Lou tells the story about moving back to her upper class family home in Los Angeles after college though journal entries, text messages, social media posts, receipts, and other media. She struggles with living with her over bearing mother, finding a job, and telling her parents about her long-term boyfriend.
Mama Shell really steals the comedy show. She has questionable parenting choices and follows the stran ...more
Post-Graduation Depression, Mother/Daughter Dynamics, and Coming-of-Age
I was beyond keen on diving into this book, thanks to the premise of using unconventional storytelling and sounding on par with an underrated favorite of mine, Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian, by exploring themes of daughter-mother bonds through journal entries.
It’s also in a similar vein to Motherest wherein essentially nothing happens plot-wise; the story relies heavily on the characters, so if you don’t connect with the m ...more
“Why’s my body tingling? Is that normal? It’s like I’m carbonated. Can humans be carbonated?? Whoa”
Eloise (Lou) Hansen has graduated college summa cum laude and is ready to begin her awesome life. The only problem is that, of course, she doesn’t know where to start. Moving back in with her parents seems the only option, and that means dealing with her mother, who is thrilled to have her daughter back home to go shopping with her and watch the Bachelor with her and her ‘Red Hots’ crew every week. ...more