Mother’s Day Book Review: I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool

May 14, 2017 Book Reviews 1

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mother’s Day Book Review: I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the PoolI Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool by Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 11th 2017
Genres: Humor, Non-Fiction
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
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The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men - a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’re always your own best lifeguard

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely mothers out there! I have a few wonderful mothers in my life, my mom (of course) and my mother in law but also my sister and sister in law. I love them all and would not trade them for the world!

I am also lucky enough to be a mother but I prefer to celebrate the day my daughter was born rather than mother’s day. I am stronger, more loving, more honest and caring, and just a better person because of my daughter. I am not sure every mother can say that but I know the day I had my daughter my life turned around. I feel like it is the same for these two authors.

You may be tempted to skip around because this is built up like tiny little stories inside the lives of Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, but the stories build on themselves. There are multiple stories from Lisa about gardening and then snakes and more gardening. They all made sense in her life but also in a broader perspective, which I would not have if I had skipped around.

Both girls are hilarious. I just have to put that out there. Their storytelling is also compelling enough, to make me laugh, cry, snort even! To be completely honest I have not read either gal but I definitely will now. I am more than ever curious about their lives and the way they both seem to be a force to be reckoned with!

Plus while it seems like there isn’t a theme, it kind of seem like it all was around a generality of girl power. Not IN YOUR FACE girl power, but a nice little high five in book form to the other gals in the world. It is lovely to see that women can and do live their lives happily, with or without men! I, personally, love my husband but there are times when I want to smother him. Mostly at night while he snores or when he tries to out fart the dog. Yay for men! But also, yay for women! Where would any of us be without them?

I love reading non-fiction. There’s just something about it, especially when it’s comedic, that is so soothing. Like a balm for the soul. This is especially soothing, even through all the snorts and laughter. These gals are amazing.

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

About Francesca Serritella

Francesca Serritella is a bestselling author and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, the Le Baron Russell Briggs Fiction Prize, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for her creative writing. She lives in New York with one dog and one cat, so far.

About Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia Inquirer column titled "Chick Wit." These witty and hysterical books examine life from a woman's perspective, and the most recent book is, I'VE GOT SAND IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. The first in the series, WHY MY THIRST HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG, has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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