rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is a fairly low 3 stars for me. As I was listening to this book, it just wasn’t quite working for me. I kept trying to figure out what (if anything) was wrong with it. I wanted to enjoy this book as entertaining fluff. Was I just not in the mood for it? The characters should have been interesting. The plot should have been amusing. Why wasn’t it coming together for me?
I felt like I should have liked Gus, the single parent who has worked her way to the top of the food TV world. I should have been interested in her two adult daughters, who are dealing with being related to a celebrity as well as the everyday business of their own lives. I should have been sympathetic to the reclusive neighbor when her big secret is revealed. I should have loved or hated the beautiful upstart who is given a spot co-hosting with Gus. Instead, I just didn’t care about them or the various men that held the plot lines together.
I normally don’t mind a book jumping between character viewpoints, since I feel it gives me a chance to get to know the characters better by seeing them through each others eyes. In this case, I think it interrupted any bonds I might have formed with them.
The plot centered on Gus being told she must boost the ratings on her TV show. Along the way, she (and the characters above) have unexpected things happen and get a chance to straighten out their quirky lives. There were too many little things happening to have time to have anything big happen– even when there were events that should have been significant. The ending was too pat for my tastes as well.
In the end, I don’t think there was anything really wrong with the book, except that the author didn’t quite pull off what she was trying to do.