Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride

Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Avon
Genre: fiction
Pages: 309
Challenges: Buy 1 Book and read it, Chick Lit
Author's Website

Simple Description:
This book revolves around three woman in their forties.  Each woman is going through a different crisis and relies on her friends for help.

Kat left St. Louis and never turned back. Well, that is until she was laid of from her job in New York City and went home early to find her boyfriend enjoying some live porn on his pc.  Her boyfriend, who is in his 20's and has cheated on her in the past.   He's not very concerned about her current work situation or how he was found and Kat realizes the relationship is over.  She hops a plane to her hometown of St. Louis and tries to figure out what to do with her life now.

Carla is an anchor at a local tv station in St. Louis.  She is loved by the audience but it appears her boss (and ex-husband) wants to replace her with somebody who is much younger and has bigger boobs.  She isn't ready to be pushed out of her seat just because of her age.  She is happy with her current (and much younger) boyfriend.

Elise is the only one of the three who settled down with marriage and a kid.  Her son is off to college though and she realizes that her marriage isn't going so well.  She rarely see's her husband, a plastic surgeon.  She is a Dr. herself, and busy with her practice, but she doesn't work as much as he does.  She feels that maybe he is cheating on her.  It's been ages since there was any intimacy between them.  In fact, she doesn't realize how long until a very cute (and younger!) local hockey player comes to visit her, somebody that she knew several years ago and finds very attractive.  Elise might not have issues with work like her two best friends, but her marriage doesn't seem to be going very well.

Now what you really want to thoughts:
I thought this was a good book about cougars.  It makes cougars out to be real women, not the type of woman you hear about or see portrayed on tv (most of the time).  These are three very real women who happen to be attractive to younger guys.  While this might be intention for some of them, that's not the case for all of them.  You have seen women tv anchors being let go because of their age/appearance, you can see marriages breaking up because one or both of the partners doesn't feel the same way about their spouse, you can see somebody losing their job and having to make a clean start.  That's what I liked about this one, that you can imagine these characters as real women. Of course, because this book takes place in my home town I also found it fun to see where they went and lived.  I don't live in any of the area's they talked about, but that's not because I don't like them.  In fact, I don't live too far from where Elise calls home. I happen to live in a suburb with decent priced houses, low crime, and a good public school district.  Oh, and I live about 5 min from my Mom, 5 min from 1 sister, about 15 min from the other sister, and about 15 min from my in-laws.  lol!  Kat and Carla both live in cool parts of town and while I would love to live where they do, it just wasn't right for what Husband and I wanted/needed.

I definitely think several of you will like this book and recommend it. It's a good, light, fun chick lit book.  It was a perfect choice having reading something heavy like The Things They Carried.

This book is part of my collection and was bought by me (and signed the author!)


bermudaonion said...

I enjoyed this book and its portrayal of the women's friendship.

Kris said...

I liked the friendship aspect too.