In Need of Therapy Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : November 16, 2013
- File Size : 771 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 328 pages
- ASIN : B008N6Z36Y
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 148003584X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #754,703 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love everything Tracie Banister writes and this is one more example of why that's true. If you're looking for a fun summery read with fun, chaos, and a dash of romance, then this is the book for you. This book is also followed by a fun novel called 'Izzy As Is' and I highly recommend you read both of them!
I love the imagery in this book. Set in South Beach, Florida, we meet Pilar Alvarez, a tender hearted Latina who is therapist, friend, and daughter. This all comes together beautifully as we watch Pilar trying to help everyone around her, forgetting to help herself. Her story unfolds against the backdrop of bold colors, hot sandy beaches, and cool Spanish architecture.
Wanting to break out of the expected role, Pilar puts her heart and soul into her passion, being a therapist to some very quirky clients. Young and without a lot of life experience, Pilar learns what it means to spend her days helping others, and her free time helping her ex-boyfriend understand that boundary lines have been drawn.
Is Pilar the quintessential enabler? Neck deep in rescuing her sister, Izzy, one can't tell if she does it because of her culture or because she just wants to rescue everyone in sight. Her best friend Sara, a fashion designer with a major chocolate addiction, endeavors to help her friend find balance in her own life.
When we meet the hero, it turns out that he is worthy of the title. Pilar's world becomes much more complicated because he is everything she shouldn't want and can't have.
Read this highly entertaining novel by Tracie Banister. A definite must read.
Like Pilar, In Need of Therapy has it all. For one thing, Miami and South Beach make for a flashy and splashy setting. And Pilar’s Cuban heritage adds even more color to the story. Her family members are perfectly portrayed: the patient papá, the beauty-queen-turned-drama-queen mamá, and the pierced party-girl sister, just to name a few. And I love the way that Tracie Banister works in little details specific to Pilar’s ethnicity; for example, when Pilar is trying keep from smiling even though she "felt happy enough to burst open like a piñata filled with too much candy.”
Pilar’s swimsuit designer friend Sara, her patients, and her ex also add a lot of fun and flair to the plot, not to mention the two surprising twists near the end. Speaking of the end, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book was the epilogue, in which Banister follows up on what’s been going on with Pilar, her family, and her patients months later (you know, the same plot device you see in hilarious movies like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and more recently “The Hangover.”) And on the subject of movies, In Need of Therapy would make a terrific romantic comedy. Simply put: I am in awe, Tracie Banister.
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What they say: Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?
While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can’t stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.
When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she’s left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.
The review:I had heard a lot of good things about this book, but was very nervous about reading it, because I know Ms Banister from social media, quite a big thing when you’re a blogger. She introduced me to and is one of the organisers of an amazing chick lit author and blogger group I’m a member of, and frankly I was terrified in case this wasn’t my cup of tea (a silly phrase for me to use in this case because I’m an anomaly, an irish person who doesn’t actually like tea!) Anyhoo, I needn’t have worried because I really enjoyed this and have in fact held off on reviewing because I wanted people to add it to their Summer reads list.
We begin with a report on a patient, a girl who suffers from abandonment issues,and so looks to romantic partners for the love that she missed when growing up. These reports were repeated with a variety of patients throughout the book, and it was a satisfying little quirk that I hadn’t seen done before. The patients were a nice mix, some of who crossed over into her personal life and I enjoyed all of her sessions.
In fact, all of the characters were chick lit perfection, Pilar, a Latina tower of strength, well educated and able to steer others in the right direction, yet feeling inadequate with herself and her family’s problems, Izzy, whose devil-may-care attitude and unconventional dress sense and choices in males flummoxed Pilar. Then there was the overly dramatic, extremely well-to-do mother whose english would lapse into Spanish when she just couldn’t take any drama presented to her, and her ex, Victor, a man on a mission to get her back, no matter what. I loved the banter between the family, with their wealth providing the perfect setting for dinner party battles. I also loved that the book wasn’t solely romance and am always a sucker for work issues that add to the pile on a lead’s plate and these were done brilliantly, with Pilar trying to figure out how to grow her business, which was floundering. This, coupled with the other main character, Ford, that provided a sounding board and a shoulder, was done very nicely. A special mention for the epilogue that tied things up perfectly. All in all a brilliantly witty, over the top, fun yet intelligent romantic comedy which ticked all the boxes for me. Definitely recommended for Summer and roll on a forthcoming sequel centred around her sister, Izzy. Can’t wait. (Phew).
The focus is on three main areas of Pilar's life, her patients, family and her so called dates! I found the most interesting part of it her therapy sessions with her numerous patients, some of the scenes were highly amusing as were the patients themselves. We have Mitch - the so called sexy lifeguard with an addiction to serial dating who isn't what he seems, to Lori, a hair stylist who has problems holding onto men due to her possessive and clingy nature. We also have Megan, a 16 year old student who has an unhealthy obsession with wanting plastic surgery to improve her body. These are just a few of Pilar's patients , there are many more.
As for Pilar's personal and family life, one can only describe it as very colourful, full of drama and highly stressful. We have a highly strung latino Mama trying matchmake and find Pilar a husband. An ex-boyfriend Victor who finds it difficult to believe it's over and keeps appearing at inopportune moments to convince Pilar to reignite their relationship. A spoilt and rebellious sister, Izzy who does everything she can to make a scene and upset the family and gets herself into all kinds of scrapes which Pilar has to rescue her from aswell as mediate between her and the family. We have Ana's (another sister to Pilar) son George who likes setting fire to things, the most recent being his granny's sofa. Finally we have the lovely Ford, the new psychiatrist working across the hall from her own practice who sets Pilar's heart racing but is 'unavailable'!!
The book paints a rich, exotic and colourful story of latino family life and its many dramas along with a humourous look at the many patients and their issues and how Pilar deals with them including when some of it gets personal. As Pilar cares deeply about her patients she does cross the boundary from work to personal to attempt to resolve their issues on occasion. There was a really pleasant twist and some surprises at the end involving Lori and also 'Mitch'. Pilar also finds her happy every after ending as she fully deserves!
This is the first time I have read a chicklit book about a therapist and her work and I really enjoyed it. I wondered if the author had to do much research into this or whether she has some background knowledge of this field as she handled the sessions very well like a true pro!
I really am looking forward to reading more from Tracie in the future.