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Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

Saturday, October 15, 2011

In Vista Heights, the women of the neighborhood have started to look like their homes, varying shades of beige. Lost in this world of suburbia, Marissa Lyons learns her high school nemesis has bought the house right across the street from her. Afraid that her arch enemy, Beatrice Munson, will arrive with Marissa's high school crush as her husband and cause Marissa to relieve the insecurity of high school in her her forties, she decides to face the music and head to Beatrice's house with warm cupcakes. But what Marissa finds is something she never expected. How will Marissa and the rest of the women of San Martino deal with someone like Beatrice Munson, whose defining moment in her life was to get a boob job or go on a trip to Egypt. This story is about friendship, love, learning to look at things differently, and great parties. Step into the world of Vista Heights where you might not only recognize the women, you might be one of them.

Goodread Summary

Marissa is currently in a boring life cycle.  Everything tends to fall into place, but nothing truly exciting happens to her.  When she learns that her rival in high school, Beatrice, is moving in, she is understandably worried.  She rushes over only to find that Beatrice is nothing like what she expected.  In fact, Beatrice quickly changes the neighborhood womens' lives for the better.  Many lessons are imparted via this book, some applicable to everyday life. 

The character were the best part of the novel.  I loved Marissa's and Beatrice's character.  They were both so dynamic and intriguing.  Beatrice never reacted as a reader might expect her to to the many events that come her way.  Marissa slowly emerges from a boring lifestyle.  The secondary characters themselves are interesting as well, they all play an integral part in this book.

The events were interesting and fun.  The author has a way of writing to capture and hold the reader's attention that easily.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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