From Publishers Weekly
Must Love Dogs author Cook returns with Ginger Walsh, 41, who has ditched her job in sales and moved above her parent's garage with a cat she calls Boyfriend— despite (or because of) her casual relationship with alluring glassblower Noah. As big sister Geri gets anxious about her impending 50th, their parents decide to sell the house, and Geri's second-grader Riley lands a small role in a horror movie being filmed in their quaint New England town. Ginger babysits Riley on the set and meets a gaffer who may be charming enough to make her forget all about Noah. Cook's wit and unflagging heart save this moderately paced beach read from its anticlimactic ending.
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". . . funny page turner . . ." -- Ft. Worth Star Telegram
"Claire Cook is wicked good!" -- Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"Dive into this gleefully quirky coming-of-age story centered on . . . a 41-year-old. With the help of her hippie parents, Boyfriend the cat, and a shark-crazy movie crew, Ginger Walsh is finally growing up -- and there's no escaping a few growing pains." -- Redbook
"Humorous, light, and at times touching. Cook once again hits the mark." -- Fresh Fiction
"I picked up a bound copy of Claire Cooks Lifes a Beach
at NEIBA and wanted to be the first to recommend it for a Booksense pick for June 2007. The timing of the release and the subject matter will make this book a beach "must read". I really found myself escaping to the Cape. I feel like I became part of the family dynamics and fell in love with precocious Riley. The characters (both the wonderful and the exasperating) are fabulous and I hated for the book to end. Get out the lemonade and beach chair and enjoy!" -- Sharon Duran, Edgartown Books
"In this lighthearted, breezy read, Cook displays a wry sense of humor and knows how to write realistic characters." -- Library Journal
"Midlife love, laughter, sibling rivalry and self-discovery . . . Goes down as easy as it sounds." -- People
"Tender, touching, and terribly, terribly funny!" -- Mary Kay Andrews, author of Savannah Breeze
"a book brimming with wit and heart." -- Cape Cod Times
"perfect-for-the-beach summer novel . . . a bumpy delight." -- Boston Common