Smothered by Autumn Chiklis
288 pages | Published August 7th, 2018
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the “real world” means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis’ real life.
Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she’s ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?
Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)
Firstly, I’d like to thank St Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of Smothered in exchange for an honest review.
I have found another perfect quick summer read, just as I’d predicted in my recommendations post! SMOTHERED tells us the story of Lou, a recent college graduate (Summa Cum Laude) who is rather lost in life. She has no job or house of her own, so she moves back into her childhood home after finishing her degree. This would be fine if her mom wasn’t constantly criticizing and scrutinizing her every move. On top of that, Lou has a boyfriend, Theo, that she hasn’t told her family about, exactly because her mom judges everyone so hard. Over time, we see Lou’s struggle when dealing with trying to get a job, handling her mom and trying to hide from Theo the fact that he’s still a secret.
I’d like to start off by saying that this book made me laugh my ass off. Truly. There are so many funny moments, characters and dialogues that I kept laughing – people around me must’ve thought I was insane!
SMOTHERED is told in diary format, meaning we read entries from Lou’s journal as she writes them. It’s a good format, but I rarely read anything written in such a way. Not only does this make for an engrossing read, but it also means you will fly through the book super quickly. That being said, the writing was spot-on for this kind of book.
Naturally, their newest summer collection was “LA-life inspired,” which in reality has nothing to do with LA life. Most people in Los Angeles wear actual clothing, not beaded strips of fabric and flip-flops. I imagine if you live anywhere other than Los Angeles, you think we’ve all descended from some blue-eyed, fat-lipped Native American tribe and worship the gods of cold-brew coffee and froyo.
Lou was a very relatable character to me: she’s into history and all kinds of nerdy stuff; she cannot, for the life of her, figure out what she wants to do in life; and she has trouble saying no. If that doesn’t sum me up, I don’t know what will…
It’s not that I don’t have interests. I have plenty of interests! It just so happens that most of these interests don’t translate into a stable career …
Speaking of characters, I pretty much loved everyone in this story, except for one of Lou’s friends, who is just the type of person that gets on my nerves. Can’t stand them in real life, can’t stand them in literature. The family aspect is one of the best parts of this story. Lou has a crazy family, but their dynamics are so enthralling – and the family members so endearing – that you can’t help but love them. Also, they have pugs!! Very badly-behaved pugs, but they’re still dogs so 10/10.
There’s zero reason she should dislike him. He’s any parent’s dream: he’s kind, he’s brilliant, he makes a killer organic pesto … what’s not to love? Besides, when Mom met Dad, he was wearing a metallic panda shirt and already losing his hair. I’m hardly tarnishing the family bloodline.
Overall, SMOTHERED is a hilarious, speedy, and quirky read that features lovable characters and great family dynamics. The ultimate beach read. I really hope you’re excited about this upcoming release!
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