Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You Dropped a Blonde on Me-Dakota Cassidy

You Dropped a Blonde on Me
Dakota Cassidy
Berkley, Dec 7 2010, $15.00
ISBN: 9780425236994

Maxine Cambridge cannot believe how far her economic situation has collapsed. She was a trophy wife and mom until she caught her spouse Finley “The Talleywhacker” cheating on her. His reaction was to begin divorce proceedings and cut off all of Maxine’s funding. Desperate Maxine and her teenage son Connor, who chose his mom over his dad and Lacey, move in with her mom Mona Henderson in her retirement village.

Maxine cannot find employment as she has no marketable skills even at the Cluck Cluck Palace fast food place, which eight months ago she, make that Finley, could have owned it. Instead of designer gowns, she wears her mom’s bargains. Humiliated enough, she feels it is time to bury her when she meets her high school class of ’87 chemistry partner Campbell Barker. He has always liked smart, sassy Max and still does as he appreciates her self-deprecating sense of humor. Now he has to make her believe he is serious when it comes to her.

Using humor to lighten the tense family drama, You Dropped a Blonde on Me looks at the aftermath of a horrid divorce mostly from the perspective of mad Max. Although the finish is as expected, mindful of the First Wives Club, fans will enjoy the saga of New Jersey’s biggest loser; as she sucks it up seeking her groove while failing numerous times, but always gets up to try again, as Mona says she is a not a quitter.

Harriet Klausner

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