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Going Through the Change Paperback – April 23, 2015
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Still? The idea of menopausal women gaining super powers is inherently funny. I mean, why NOT harness those annoying hot flashes, and turn them into fireballs a gal can throw around? And why suffer from bloating and belching when a saggy old broad can finally put all that gas to good use by using it to defy gravity? I mean, just think of all the money and aggravation a gal could save if she were able to fly wherever she wanted without having to be strapped into an airplane in front of a kicking loud-mouthed kid... or having to wait in those interminable airport lines? And itchy skin? What the heck; why not just be done with it and develop bullet-proof scales and plates? You never can tell when that might come in handy. The fourth member of our menopausal quartet has a slightly different change. She no longer has to ask her husband for help opening a pickle jar. Or for help reaching something on the top shelf... or moving heavy furniture. See, the change makes her much taller, beefier, and endows her with super strength, a deeper voice and LOTS of facial hair. It has also endowed her with a... penis.
See? Lots of untapped potential there for laughs.
However, even though the book disappointed me for its lack of humor, it was still a somewhat enjoyable read. It was definitely DIFFERENT. One downside for me that it's a (gasp!) cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, because they don't provide a satisfactory ending. They're just jumping boards to coerce readers into buying and reading the next book in the series. Series, I can handle. Cliffhangers are just plain annoying and manipulative.
That being said, I will more than likely read the second book in this series. I'm hopeful that there will be more humor in it. If not, I'm still willing to give it a chance. I mean, how often do you get to read about old gal superheroes?
I liked most of the characters - Helen and Dr. Liu are great villains! - but I found that Linda/Leonel was the one that held the other ladies together. She's a strong character that I think most readers can relate to and like instantly. Jessica and Patricia are good characters in their own right, but they took some getting used to. The idea that Dr. Liu's products are the reason for each woman's transformation is a fun twist to the storyline. The book bounces between each woman as she struggles with her newfound abilities, but it is not distracting like it would seem. Having a chapter dedicated to each woman allows you a better perspective of each of them.
Overall, this is a good book that I think many women would enjoy.
The writing is juvenile, in style and content, but i read it to the end and did want to see how it wrapped itself up. I love superheroes and had no trouble imagining myself in cape and boots. It just seemed that maybe it couldnt decide if it was an overly serious comic or a silly drama.I can't say i recommend it, exactly, but i do think other women of the same age may find its premise engaging.