Title: Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?: True Stories and Confessions Author: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella Published: July 7th 2015 by St. Martin's Press Format: Hardcover, 304 pages Genre: Essays
In their last collection of essays, Have a Nice Guilt Trip, Francesca Serritella the daughter part of this mother daughter writing team was droning on and on about her boyfriend. Jump to this book and the droning continues but with a slight variation. My ex-boyfriend, my ex-boyfriend, my ex-boyfriend – we get it Francesca, relationships are difficult and though you are in your late 20’s you are still sounding like a 12-year-old junior high school girl. Time to move on.
I do not mean to totally dis this book, because there are several touching and laugh aloud parts. It is just that each time a Francesca story would come up, the reader knew that there was more than a 50-50 chance it would involve the ex.
The writing team did address the recent death of Lisa’s mother – Mother Mary. It was sweet and loving and you could feel the admiration and respect that was felt for this remarkable woman.
I am not sure where the title came from. There was a story of the joys of the correct Scottoline foods to bring to the “shore”, but other than that, I would say that the title might be just an eye grabber since this really is the perfect book for your summer vacation. Quick easy memoirs that have you connecting them to your own life and your own relationships with your adult children.
I liked how Lisa ended this book. To me, she sounded as if she had a new understanding of life. She was somehow at peace and she knew where this next part of her journey is going to take her. She will still have dog problems and house problems and life problems, but she sounds more readily able to handle them. Good for you Lisa – I look forward to reading where you are going.