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As Good As It Got Paperback – June 24, 2008
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About the Author
Isabel Sharpe is the author of As Good As It Got and Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakthrough. She lives in Wisconsin.
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There are many good things about this book, in fact, it was a bit reminiscent of Good Grief. The anger, shock, resentment and denial of some of these women were very realistic. My heart ached for them and I want so badly for them to succeed and be able to move on.
However, there were too many loose ends for me to give it more than 3 stars. I don't need everything all tied up with a nice little bow, but closure for more than one storyline would have been nice. They left a lot of it up to the reader's interpretation and if it wasn't for the author's interview in the back of the book, it would have bothered me even more.
Also, there were two characters that were really quite unnecessary and while the author referred to them as "minor" characters, they were pretty prominent and would suck me out of the story each time the story focused on them.
All in all, a good read and I'd recommend it.
However for three women, who become cabin mates with absolutely nothing in common, it's less than idyllic. They have only come at the insistence of others who believe such a place will help lighten their emotional baggage. The ladies, Ann, Cindy and Martha, don't think they belong at the camp with the other "damaged" women. They believe they're fine, but they have a lot to learn. In "Good As It Got," author Isabel Sharpe tells an easy to read, entertaining story about situations real women often face.
Sharpe's main character is Ann Redding, who's tough no nonsense attitude is perfect for the corporate board room, but unsettling for the tranquil atmosphere of this retreat. Her husband's death is the cause of Ann's status as a suddenly single woman and to say she is cynical would be quite the understatement. However, even in her emotional suit of armor, Ann still manages to bond with roommates Cindy, who's adulterous husband finally leaves her for good (or does he?) and Martha, a shy overweight, kind-hearted woman who keeps her love life shrouded in secrecy. Even Dinah, the fourth cabin mate who has gone through men like paper cups and is the only one who actually wants to be at the camp, finds a connection with the others.
As in all women's fiction, the story is about relationships and in As Good As It Got the relationship focuses on sisterhood. Together the ladies learn a valuable lesson: The men in our lives shouldn't determine who we are, who we become or make us less than who we should be.
Recommendations - In general the story works, but it is not on our list of books to recommend.
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