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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Smothered by Autumn Chiklis

Release Date - August 7, 2018



She's graduating summa cum laude from Columbia University. You'd think that Eloise "Lou" Hansen is ready to start a new chapter in her life. Before that can happen, there are a few things she needs, and she has the list to get her started.

Lou has yet to find a job. She's returning to California to live with her mom and dad. She doesn't want to be here long, but her list of getting up early each morning, getting in shape, and landing her dream job isn't going well. Meanwhile, her mom is ready to tackle the summer - one store, salon appointment, and spin class at a time. And, she'll make sure Lou is involved each step of the way. That means helping Lou find herself, even if Lou doesn't really want the help.

Smothered is part romance, part young adult, part new adult, and a whole lot of humor. This is Autumn Chiklis's debut. If the name seems familiar, it's because her dad is actor Michael Chiklis of The Shield and she also appeared on the show with him.

I did snicker a bit while reading the book, but it was also a little bittersweet. My son just got married. My daughter is in her final year of college. As a result, I really sympathized with Lou's mom. Throughout much of the book, Lou is hiding the fact that she's had a boyfriend for quite some time. Why hide him? Her mom spots them out and asks Lou who the serial killer was.

That sets the stage for the struggle Lou has with her mom over most anything. She loves her parents dearly and doesn't want to disappoint, but she also wants to make herself happy. I liked Smothered. It is a speedy read and one that I found hard to put down.

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