Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Chick Lit
Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.
Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.
Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another.
This was such a wickedly fun read! Annie and Sarah are long time best friends who both find themselves under financial strain. Sarah needs cash for her IVF treatments and Annie needs money to pay for her son’s therapy. When they hatch a scheme to sell a “luxury” face cream to Annie’s wealthy neighbors it seems like the easiest way to earn money EVER, but Annie’s special, secret ingredient may land them both in deep trouble.
This was such a funny book, Cooperman infused so much sarcasm and wit into the pages that I laughed out loud way too many times to count. Besides the two main characters, the women being duped were all colorful, quirky additions to a fantastic cast. Most are members of a book club that Annie attempts to join, but she quickly realizes these women can be downright cruel, think Mean Girls for the over forty crowd. In between each chapter Cooperman inserted snippets of each characters thoughts on different books they’ve read in the past, a very clever and funny addition.
This was a light, playful read, totally perfect to dive into this summer, I would recommend reading it poolside with a cocktail in hand. I was highly entertained and delighted by the antics of the upper class, high society women of La Jolla and touched by the depth of the relationship between Annie and Sarah.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to Lake Union for my review copy.