Saturday, March 15, 2008

Review: Fifteen Minutes of Shame

Summary: What happens when America’s favorite TV dating expert finds out on national television that her husband is cheating? Darby Vaughn’s fifteen minutes of fame quickly spins into fifteen minutes of shame: Not only is the most humiliating moment of her life splashed across every supermarket tabloid and celebrity gossip show, but her reputation as America’s love guru is shot. To make matters worse, her fans are turning on her, her book sales have tanked and her love life is fodder for late night television. If Darby breaks her own zero-tolerance policy for cheaters and takes her philandering husband back, her career will be over. But if she sticks to her own rules, she’ll lose the only man she’s ever loved. -

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME by Lisa Daily is chick lit at its best! I have a huge stack of books that I need to read, but I was really in the mood for something fun so I decided to read it. I thought it was a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining read!

The book arrived with some promotional materials that were just as cute as the book. A glossy magazine-like brochure called BUZZ was filled with "buzz" about the author, the book, the reviews, etc. It was almost as fun to read as the book.

I loved the character of Darby, and my heart went out to her right away when she found out her husband was going back to his ex-wife (while she was being interviewed on the Today Show.) I had so much fun following her ups and downs as she figured out how to resolve her problems. I found myself rooting for her against her husband and his ex-wife; and I thought her dedication to his children was so admirable. She's just a great, likable character!

One of my favorite parts of the book were the quotations at the beginning of each chapter. The character of Darby was a relationship expert, so the author tied in Darby's advice from various books and speeches to what was occurring in each chapter. I thought this technique was very telling about how easy it it to give advice, but how difficult it can be to follow!

As funny as this book was, I also thought it was kind of sad! I didn't go so far as the cry, but the last few chapters definitely touched me. Even though the ending was kind of predictable, I still enjoyed it (and it was actually the ending I wanted.)

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME will be available on March 25th. Lisa Daily's website is fantastic; and if you think you might be interested in the book, you should definitely take a look. Right now, you can get the first two chapters e-mailed to you so you can get a sneak preview before you buy it. There are also discussion questions available for your book club. I'm thinking about asking my book club if they'd like a change of pace from our "normal" selections and try something a little more fun for the summer!

1 comment:

**Lisa Daily** said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful review, I'm so delighted you enjoyed FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME!