Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Review: Seeing Me Naked

Summary: Elisabeth Page is the daughter of Ben Page, yes, that's right, THE world famous novelist. And yes, she's also the sister of Rascal Page, world famous novelist in his own right. So what does Elisabeth do? Much to her family's disappointment, Elisabeth is a pastry chef. And a pretty damn good one, at Beverly, the hottest restaurant in LA. The last relationship Elisabeth had was with Will, a man she grew up with and whose family ran in the same social circles as her family. But Will's constant jaunts around the world have left her lonely and brokenhearted in L.A.

That is until Daniel Sullivan bids on one of Elisabeth's pastry tutorials at a charity auction. Daniel is everything her family is not: a basketball coach, a non-intellectual, his family doesn't summer on Martha's Vineyard, and the only metaphors he uses are about passing the ball and being a team player. But somehow they fit. Between her family, Will, and the new cooking show that Elisabeth is recruited to star in, Elisabeth's life is suddenly incredibly new and different—the question is, can she embrace being happy or has her family conditioned her to think she's just not good enough? - hatchette book group usa

Last week, I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of SEEING ME NAKED by Liza Palmer in the mail. I had seen this book pop up on some websites the past few weeks, and I thought it looked like a book that I would enjoy. I have to admit that I haven't read a lot of Chick Lit books the past few years, but it's only because there are just so many books out there and so little time. After reading SEEING ME NAKED, I now remember why I used to love this type of book.

The early reviews that I had seen were pretty good -- and I have to say that I totally agree. SEEING ME NAKED was a terrific book and I had so much fun reading it. Although it falls into the category of Chick Lit, the book actually has some substance. Ms. Palmer does a great job of developing the main character of Elisabeth - I absolutely loved her and found myself rooting for her throughout the entire story. Many of the supporting characters were also very real to me and likable as well.

There is a great deal of humor in this book, and at times, I found myself laughing out loud. Many of Elisabeth's observations, both about herself and others, were dead-on (and hilarious to boot). I also have to admit that I was touched (and maybe a little emotional) by the final pages of the book. Who doesn't love a book that makes you both laugh and cry?

I wasn't familiar with Liza Palmer or her last book CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FAT GIRL, but I definitely want to read it. I will certainly be including Ms. Palmer on my must-read author list from now on. If you are looking for a book that is highly entertaining, I strongly recommend reading SEEING ME NAKED.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an excellent choice for me to read on my next trip! Thanks, Care

Anonymous said...

I have "Converstaions with a fat girl", and I LOVED reading it! It was laugh out load funny and kept my attention. I have been looking out for another Liza Palmer book to pick up and just checked ut some reviews of "Seeing me Naked" and I will be picking up a copy as soon as possible. If it this book as half as good as the last one, I will still enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading "Conversations with a Fat Girl", and I already purchased "Seeing Me Naked". I can't wait to start reading it! Liza Palmer is now on my list of must read authors!! Can't wait for her next book!!!