Smothered
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?)

Smothered Details

TitleSmothered
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250150493
Rating
GenreContemporary, New Adult, Young Adult

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Smothered Review

  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    Post-Graduation Depression, Mother/Daughter Dynamics, and Coming-of-AgeI was beyond keen on diving into this book, thanks to the premise of using unconventional storytelling and sounding on par with an underrated favorite of mine, Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian, by exploring themes of daughter-mother bonds through journal entries.It’s also in a similar vein to Motherest wherein essentially nothing happens plot-wise; the story relies heavily on the characters, so if you don’t connect with the m Post-Graduation Depression, Mother/Daughter Dynamics, and Coming-of-AgeI was beyond keen on diving into this book, thanks to the premise of using unconventional storytelling and sounding on par with an underrated favorite of mine, Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian, by exploring themes of daughter-mother bonds through journal entries.It’s also in a similar vein to Motherest wherein essentially nothing happens plot-wise; the story relies heavily on the characters, so if you don’t connect with the main protagonist you’re in for a rather lackluster reading experience.Smothered is a sold as 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?)A list of things I'd like to highlight:• Lou's sister is nicknamed "Val" (short for Valentina), and I couldn't stop picturing Abbi's alter ego (from Broad City). How did I not know that when Abbi gets blackout drunk, she becomes Val? Source• Speaking of over-the-top women: the mother/daughter interactions have a lot to offer in the ways of entertainment. Take for example this exchange below that sums up quite well the dynamic between Mama Shell and Lou:Her voice brought to mind Kate Siegel's “Mother, Can You Not?,” especially when I came upon this exchange later on in the book:This screams of the aforementioned because:Added bonus: her mother making sure Lou doesn't relegate in her love life stays consistently funny.Sigh. Mom has somehow managed to sabotage every single one of my relationships … even the imaginary ones with celebrities. (“Eddie Redmayne? Really? Why not Ryan Gosling or Zac Efron??”)• Which is a sly way to mention Theodore Greenberg:To get on Mama Shell's level, dating a guy that uses “awesome sauce” unironically is a sign to...  But on a real note, I do not understand Theo as a character since he barely gets fleshed out beyond his niche of cooking food and taking care for Lou... Like, what are his motivations for staying with Lou? He gets dropped on us as a fact since he's introduced as her boyfriend™, but we never get to see why they chose each other, or even the bare minimum of talking to one another about something besides take-out food or Lou's jobless state. This is exactly why having a main character in a relationship from the get-go is seldom a good thing in my book, because they have this whole history together that we, as the reader, are unaware of (and that we weirdly didn't experience in here), and it consequently created this distance between us and them. Like, how can I root for you to stay together when it's hard to gauge why you're in it in the first place?• Aside: Smothered featuring texts, Instagram posts, emails, receipts, and more made for quite the upbeat and swift read.I feel like the positives come to a bit of a halt at this point because all else gets eclipsed by Lou's whining, privileged state. I mean, I couldn't comprehend how she keeps complaining about not having a job upon graduating from Columbia and experiencing jealousy when her peers find their passion… and yet she does absolutely nothing to move forward in life. Lou literally applies to only one place over the entirety of this book... She just sits in bed, waiting for her mom to order her around (and then complains when she does).Later, Theo himself has to put her entitlement in perspective:“Don’t you think you’re being a bit dramatic?”“In what way am I being dramatic?” I asked, dramatically.Theo shook his head. “You’re living rent-free. You got rejected from one job. This is hardly the end of the world.THANK YOU! She doesn’t even acknowledge how good she's got it going for herself. I mean, the author tried toning it down at one point by introducing an even shallower character so that the main character doesn’t seem as bad -- smart move on her part -- but it didn't play out in the end on account of her constant exaggerations, such as:I miss college, where being social required no more than stepping outside my dorm room and walking half a block. Now, all my friends are either on the East Coast or going to graduate school, leaving me a completely isolated introvert in La-La Land.* This is pretty much the equivalent of dropping a blind person in the Sahara and asking him to find water.I'm pretty sure Lou has never experienced thirst in her rich life, so don't.And then she goes on, while on a juice cleanse, to write: "Hunger Level: Africa."Please, reevaluate your choices in saying this. And before that, it was the Geneva Conventions with that same juice cleanse, “My whole body shuddered. No food for seven days? Surely this was banned by the Geneva Conventions.” I personally don't care for exaggerations in books, so this hit the wrong note for me.There's also the case of her mother outright lying by registering her pugs as service dogs just to bring them along on vacation, when they're the furthest thing from stable. Drew Lynch made a whole video about this phenomenon of faking service dogs, and how this behavior, perpetrated by individuals like Lou's mom, affects people with trained service dogs in receiving fair treatment at different establishments.“Service dogs?” I shouted from the backseat as Baguette blew snot in my face.“I registered them on the Internet!” Mom insisted, turning around from the front to face me. “What more do you want?”“Mom, I know newborn babies who are better behaved than these pugs.”“Oh, it’s fine!” Mom dismissed, waving her hand at me. “If anyone has a problem, I can show them my papers.”And while I'm on the topic, I couldn't agree with Lou's habit of compulsively lying to her loved ones over the course of this book, when telling the truth is so much easier than whatever hole she’s digging by making up these lies. And it's tragic because whenever she's caught spinning in her web of lies she still opts to make up another lie... The angst surrounding this whole book could've been avoided had she just told the damn TRUTH. Her anthem song could only be  Why You Always Lying .So I was beyond thankful when her father finally calls her out on her attitude.“Well, are you an adult?”I paused, taken aback. Was this a trick question?“That’s what it says on my ID.”“No, it says you’re twenty-two on your ID. Does that really make you an adult?”It brings home the quote I read in HONY: “Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you're grown up. Growing up means being patient, holding your temper, cutting out the self-pity, and quitting with the righteous indignation.”But when putting those hindrances aside, this is the first novel to compel me for the first time in weeks with its nontraditional mother-daughter relationship. And having Lou achieve some major character growth by the end of the book was satisfying to experience. So, overall, I'd say that if you know what you're getting into before reading, Smothered makes for one hell of a book.ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Expected publication: May 1st, 2018Note: I’m an Amazon Affiliate. If you’re interested in buying Smothered , just click on the image below to go through my link. I’ll make a small commission! This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    4 Silly Spoiled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was such a FUN read for me... it had a slight vibe of a Sophie Kinsella Book, and that is a huge compliment coming from me.... The characters were all over the top, some of the things that happen were quite ridiculous... but for me it just was delightful and made me laugh out loud.... it is a book that does not take itself too seriously, so to thoroughly enjoy it you have to be in that state of mind...Lou has just graduated from Columbia university, and she do 4 Silly Spoiled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was such a FUN read for me... it had a slight vibe of a Sophie Kinsella Book, and that is a huge compliment coming from me.... The characters were all over the top, some of the things that happen were quite ridiculous... but for me it just was delightful and made me laugh out loud.... it is a book that does not take itself too seriously, so to thoroughly enjoy it you have to be in that state of mind...Lou has just graduated from Columbia university, and she doesn’t quite know what she wants to do with her life yet.... so she moves back in with her parents in LA.... The biggest problem.... Mama Shell The worlds greatest helicopter mother....Mama Shell wants to control everything in Lou’s life her wardrobe, her hair, her boyfriend, her food, her job, etc. etc. etc. so not only does Lou have to sneak carbs... she has a serious boyfriend she has yet to tell her parents about.... The relationship between mother and daughter was complicated yet hilarious... they were two people that love each other so much and yet we’re so different from one another that things went a little sideways.....This book is told from Lou’s point of view, primarily through journal entries...Lou lives a privilege life and always has, so she might not be relatable to a lot of people.... and even though I grew up in the LA area, I know I was not quite as privileged as Lou, but still her problems were her problems to her..... I mean money cannot buy you a problem free life, the wealthy have their problems as well.... such as which car they’re going to drive to work that day or what vacation house they’re going to vacation in that weekend, you know... problems!😉The only place this book fell a little short for me was in the relationship between Lou and Theo.... I really could not understand why Theo was OK with her keeping him a secret.... I thought it was pretty obvious that Lou didn’t think he was good enough for her parents, even though she didn’t see it that way.... and who was Theo? In a book filled with such lively colorful characters, we really had no idea who he was other than the fact that he was a skinny chef.... i’d really like a book to follow this up... Theo and his interactions with the family, and then perhaps some flashback scenes as to how they met....Absolutely recommend if you are in the mood for a fun book that might be a little vapid at times, but it’s all in good humor...*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading SMOTHERED; it's laugh out loud funny! After graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, Lou moves in with her family while searching for a job. If you are looking for some light reading, this is it! I received SMOTHERED for an honest review.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    As a recent graduate, post-uni depression has hit me HARD, so I thought I had found the perfect book in this, but nope. Lou wasn't in any way relatable, the family is super rich and spending an extraordinary amount of money in every turn; it's clear that the only reason why she wants to find a job is to get some "HA, in your face! I'm so independent!" points, like that one friend she keeps badmouthing but secretly wants to be like, and NOT because she has any actual need for that money. She does As a recent graduate, post-uni depression has hit me HARD, so I thought I had found the perfect book in this, but nope. Lou wasn't in any way relatable, the family is super rich and spending an extraordinary amount of money in every turn; it's clear that the only reason why she wants to find a job is to get some "HA, in your face! I'm so independent!" points, like that one friend she keeps badmouthing but secretly wants to be like, and NOT because she has any actual need for that money. She doesn't really do much except for grumbling about her weight and reacting to her surroundings.Plus, her "problem" is that she can't tell her mom about her loving, supporting boyfriend, because... he isn't pretty? What fresh hell is this?? How vapid can one be??Honestly, "vapid" is the best adjective for this book. The only reason why it's getting 2 and not 1 star is because it was funny occasionally.**Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book**
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  • Susanne Cutler
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads and I am so glad I did!! I really loved this book. I don't remember the last time I read a book that I actually laughed out loud. It was not only funny but so honest and down to earth. For anyone who has lived with an overbearing mother or is one, you will love how relatable this novel is. A fast fun read!
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and for that, I am thankful. I can't imagine how furiously annoyed I'd be if I spent the estimated $18.99 on this. By no means is it the worst book I've ever read, but I can't recommend it. Originally marketed as a young-adult crossover novel, I believe it has been fixed and is now being marketed more appropriately as an adult novel.It took me well over a month to finish Smothered. I dreaded having to read it because of the headache that was sure to accomp I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and for that, I am thankful. I can't imagine how furiously annoyed I'd be if I spent the estimated $18.99 on this. By no means is it the worst book I've ever read, but I can't recommend it. Originally marketed as a young-adult crossover novel, I believe it has been fixed and is now being marketed more appropriately as an adult novel.It took me well over a month to finish Smothered. I dreaded having to read it because of the headache that was sure to accompany each page turn. This felt like a caricature of a millennial. All the characters in this book were like those Youtuber's who you think are 17, act 11, but are actually 24. Every. Single. Character. This is like those Georgia Nicholson books, you know "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging". Like those books, but for a more adult crowd. Books with a narrator like this are fun to read when you're 10-years-old and the usage of "naughty" words are exciting. After that point, it loses its appeal. "Smothered" was shallow, vapid, pointless, mind-numbing, and frustrating. All the problems were easily avoidable, every interaction felt so fake (then again, I'm unfamiliar with the affluent so...), and this was hardly an accurate look on the millennial struggle that I thought it'd be. The entitlement just wafted off the pages and stuck with me, giving me a gnarly migraine. I can say two good things about "Smothered" though. It was at times actually funny. Not laugh out loud funny, but a little chortle. Usually when it stopped trying too hard. And the formatting was fun. We get to read journal entries, texts, bills, medical reports... It was neat to see, I just didn't care for the actual words or characters.Give "Smothered" a try if you want, a lot of people seem to have loved it. As a 17-year-old, I can't say I was a fan.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    The book is a hybrid of Where'd You Bernadette, Bridget Jone's Diary, and many of those truly YA/middle school books you've read with text bubbles and gossiping (please note this is not a degradation of the story) all set to the backdrop of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills sort of L.A. life. Chiklis perfectly combines these elements, giving you get a host of vivid characters that make the book a fun, fast read. While this is no Pulitzer Prize winning literary piece, the story is both wildly comic and The book is a hybrid of Where'd You Bernadette, Bridget Jone's Diary, and many of those truly YA/middle school books you've read with text bubbles and gossiping (please note this is not a degradation of the story) all set to the backdrop of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills sort of L.A. life. Chiklis perfectly combines these elements, giving you get a host of vivid characters that make the book a fun, fast read. While this is no Pulitzer Prize winning literary piece, the story is both wildly comic and heartfelt--perfect for rom-com and chick-lit lovers alike. I would like to note that this novel is considered YA crossover. I agree, it is probably best enjoyed by those, like myself, in college or just about to be in college or graduated. It does read with a very "millennial" feel to it, which I enjoyed. Overall just an all-around fun read. Funny, light, and a quick read that left me wanting more.
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  • Brenda Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful laugh out loud book. Really enjoyed the characters. I won this book through goodreads.
  • Karen Ray
    January 1, 1970
    Love, LOVED, L O V E D this book. I honestly couldn't put it down. I don't remember the last time I laughed this much or felt such a genuine sense of happiness while reading anything. I connected to every word --as both a mother and a daughter --and I can only hope I'm one fraction as fabulous as Mama Shell (a character I am not soon to forget). Autumn Chiklis has given us a glimpse into the closeness and craziness that is family through characters who always operate from the heart, so we forgiv Love, LOVED, L O V E D this book. I honestly couldn't put it down. I don't remember the last time I laughed this much or felt such a genuine sense of happiness while reading anything. I connected to every word --as both a mother and a daughter --and I can only hope I'm one fraction as fabulous as Mama Shell (a character I am not soon to forget). Autumn Chiklis has given us a glimpse into the closeness and craziness that is family through characters who always operate from the heart, so we forgive them no matter how they stumble. Bravo! I only wish I had the sequel to read!
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  •  Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Laugh out loud funny - recommend to all looking for an enjoyable read. I know all of my friends will love it too!
  • Naomi Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious! There were so many laugh out loud moments. My face hurts from all the smiles. Lou tells the story about moving back to her upper class family home in Los Angeles after college though journal entries, text messages, social media posts, receipts, and other media. She struggles with living with her over bearing mother, finding a job, and telling her parents about her long-term boyfriend.Mama Shell really steals the comedy show. She has questionable parenting choices and follows the stran Hilarious! There were so many laugh out loud moments. My face hurts from all the smiles. Lou tells the story about moving back to her upper class family home in Los Angeles after college though journal entries, text messages, social media posts, receipts, and other media. She struggles with living with her over bearing mother, finding a job, and telling her parents about her long-term boyfriend.Mama Shell really steals the comedy show. She has questionable parenting choices and follows the strangest dieting trends, including snorting mushrooms, drinking algae, and taking Adderall. But she was an amazing, loving, glamorous, judgmental and comical character. She's not your average cookie baking, window washing mama, but a great mom nonetheless. Lou was more of a physical comedian with her nervous sweating, public scene causing fumbles, and beauty fails. Her awkward personality, career and family struggles are relatable for many young women. The side characters are all comical in their own right too. The Instagram famous sister. The dad with a mobster past. The activist friend.This was a super fun read and highly recommended for both mothers and daughters.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    *Book received from a Goodreads giveaway*I was in the middle of reading other books when Smothered arrived in my mailbox so I figured it would be one I'd get to eventually. Yet the book drew me in and I read it in less than 24 hours! I laughed out loud so much that my 11 year old son was concerned. Lou Hansen is on the top of the world graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude but her world is about to get pretty interesting when she's forced to move back home. We find out the reason f *Book received from a Goodreads giveaway*I was in the middle of reading other books when Smothered arrived in my mailbox so I figured it would be one I'd get to eventually. Yet the book drew me in and I read it in less than 24 hours! I laughed out loud so much that my 11 year old son was concerned. Lou Hansen is on the top of the world graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude but her world is about to get pretty interesting when she's forced to move back home. We find out the reason for the book title when we meet Lou's mom "Mama Shell" a hilarious character in the book who drives Lou nuts. I loved the format of the book which sprinkled in text messages and Instagram pictures. As a daughter I can relate to Lou and as a mom I can relate to Shelly although I'm not sure I'd download the Find Your Friends app to spy on my son's whereabouts. ;) Great, fast, funny read--I highly recommend!!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the funniest book I've read in a long while. This is a tale of a recent college graduate who returns to her parent's home as she struggles to get a job and move on to an adult life. The format - a mix of prose, texts, pictures, receipts, etc. - makes this an easy and contemporary read. The characters are hilarious (especially the mother) and all so interesting. If you're looking for a laugh out loud read, this is the book for you.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway f This is one of the funniest book I've read in a long while. This is a tale of a recent college graduate who returns to her parent's home as she struggles to get a job and move on to an adult life. The format - a mix of prose, texts, pictures, receipts, etc. - makes this an easy and contemporary read. The characters are hilarious (especially the mother) and all so interesting. If you're looking for a laugh out loud read, this is the book for you.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
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  • Desiree craig
    January 1, 1970
    I received the ARC of this book from a goodreads giveaway. I couldn't put it down!!! I haven't read a book in quite some time that I was able to say that about. I can't wait to see what this author puts out next and am happily following her on instagram to see any updates on new books coming out. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
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  • S
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely hilarious! I'm sending my copy to my sister this evening as I know she will also love it. A+
  • Jessica Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    “Why’s my body tingling? Is that normal? It’s like I’m carbonated. Can humans be carbonated?? Whoa”Eloise (Lou) Hansen has graduated college summa cum laude and is ready to begin her awesome life. The only problem is that, of course, she doesn’t know where to start. Moving back in with her parents seems the only option, and that means dealing with her mother, who is thrilled to have her daughter back home to go shopping with her and watch the Bachelor with her and her ‘Red Hots’ crew every week. “Why’s my body tingling? Is that normal? It’s like I’m carbonated. Can humans be carbonated?? Whoa”Eloise (Lou) Hansen has graduated college summa cum laude and is ready to begin her awesome life. The only problem is that, of course, she doesn’t know where to start. Moving back in with her parents seems the only option, and that means dealing with her mother, who is thrilled to have her daughter back home to go shopping with her and watch the Bachelor with her and her ‘Red Hots’ crew every week. As the days and months continue farther from her graduation Lou still hasn’t found a job and STILL hasn’t told her parents about her secret boyfriend. Told with wit and hilarity, Smothered is an excellent portrayal of life postgrad and the struggle of launching ones self into the world.I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and fun read, told through diary-entry style segments and footnotes to add further thought. Smothered brings up the excellent point of current day post graduate life, the “what now?” moment that graduation brings along. Lou’s list of post-grad goals was a great representation of the things that one might want to get out of life, everything from “lose 5-7 pounds” to “have kids: one boy, one girl”. Lou was an excellent character to follow and a very realistic point of view on a new grad trying to find their place, especially when moving in with your parents seems like back-tracking.Mama Shell was a whirlwind of a character and so fun to read about. She may not be someone I would ever want to meet in person but she was certainly a complex character. Her love for her daughter was evident, if a little misplaced, and her attitude was frivolous toward most situations. I found her character to be frustrating, but not in the way it was written, but due to her personality, which was excellent as it reflected the frustration of the main character, Lou.Overall the novel was a fun and entertaining read that posed some great reflection on post-grad life; the anxiety of finding a job you want to be in forever, the thought of never leaving the nest, and bettering yourself in the little things along the way. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who may be dealing with post-grad life or anyone who wants a giggle.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great book! Smothered follows Lou as she graduates from Columbia, and then, jobless and homeless, moves back in with her parents. I felt that Lou was incredibly relatable-I, too, feel like I am great at school but have no actual real world calling. This book is told in a combination of text, Instagram posts, emails, receipts, etc...which sometimes can be annoying, but Autumn Chiklis creates the perfect balance so you never feel confused. I can't wait to read more by Chiklis-I feel she is Such a great book! Smothered follows Lou as she graduates from Columbia, and then, jobless and homeless, moves back in with her parents. I felt that Lou was incredibly relatable-I, too, feel like I am great at school but have no actual real world calling. This book is told in a combination of text, Instagram posts, emails, receipts, etc...which sometimes can be annoying, but Autumn Chiklis creates the perfect balance so you never feel confused. I can't wait to read more by Chiklis-I feel she is certain to become a strong voice in women's fiction!I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I was very lucky to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I am so happy I did. This book was absolutely hilarious and so real. I can't remember a book that I actually laughed as much in as I did this book. Anyone who has ever lived with their parents as an adult should read this and enjoy. The story was told through texts, social media posts, receipts, emails, etc which made for a very fast, light read. I highly recommend this book and can only hope to read more from Autumn Chiklis in the fu I was very lucky to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I am so happy I did. This book was absolutely hilarious and so real. I can't remember a book that I actually laughed as much in as I did this book. Anyone who has ever lived with their parents as an adult should read this and enjoy. The story was told through texts, social media posts, receipts, emails, etc which made for a very fast, light read. I highly recommend this book and can only hope to read more from Autumn Chiklis in the future.
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  • Phyllis Krall
    January 1, 1970
    A hilarious story about a college graduate who moves back in with her parents and tries to find herself.Lou Hansen has graduated Columbia with honors and hopes to find a job soon and get her own apartment. In the meantime she must move back home to California to face an overbearing mother who tries to manage her life. Lou’s day by day adventures are described in Emails, texts and diary entries. She tries to outwit her mother's overbearsnce in her life which leads to uncontrollable events.I recei A hilarious story about a college graduate who moves back in with her parents and tries to find herself.Lou Hansen has graduated Columbia with honors and hopes to find a job soon and get her own apartment. In the meantime she must move back home to California to face an overbearing mother who tries to manage her life. Lou’s day by day adventures are described in Emails, texts and diary entries. She tries to outwit her mother's overbearsnce in her life which leads to uncontrollable events.I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I found myself laughing out loud at the mother- daughter conflicts that arose throughout this book. A most enjoyable read that I highly recommend!!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I loved that this was light read (meaning I didn't have to think hard while reading it). It was funny and spot on to the social media generation. I liked how there was a mix of texts, a few Instagram posts and her diary to tell the story. Were some of the characters over the top? Sure, but that's what made them so funny.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book because I thought it was a new a different way to go about writing one. I'd never read a book written entirely in diary entries and now I realize why. Although it was an interesting perspective, there was way too much internal dialogue in this book. Any paragraph that starts off with " Today was the best day. Want to know why? Well, I'll tell you." is an automatic a dnf.
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  • Lea
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say that this book was a much appreciated break from High Fantasy. I received this arc through a goodreads giveaway from the publisher. Lou is a really relatable character on the awkward scale. Even her mom’s relatable to my mom, except on steroids. The beginning was a bit slow, but I found myself laughing at the most inappropriate moments while in class or anywhere else. Especially toward the end of the novel. If you were looking for a deeper read this may not be for you. Sure it’s de I have to say that this book was a much appreciated break from High Fantasy. I received this arc through a goodreads giveaway from the publisher. Lou is a really relatable character on the awkward scale. Even her mom’s relatable to my mom, except on steroids. The beginning was a bit slow, but I found myself laughing at the most inappropriate moments while in class or anywhere else. Especially toward the end of the novel. If you were looking for a deeper read this may not be for you. Sure it’s definitely a coming-of-age novel, but it’s much more of a light, quick beach read than a rainy day novel.
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  • Justina
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty much “The Princess Diaries” for the new adult crowd. If you were a fan of that series, you’ll probably like this, although be warned that the protagonist is pretty lazy, entitled, and casually racist 🤷🏻♀Lou has just graduated third in her class from Columbia University. She’s moving back to LA to live with her parents while she tries to find a job. She’s also been hiding her boyfriend from them for six months, afraid of how her obnoxious, shallow, and superficial mother will reac This was pretty much “The Princess Diaries” for the new adult crowd. If you were a fan of that series, you’ll probably like this, although be warned that the protagonist is pretty lazy, entitled, and casually racist 🤷🏻‍♀️Lou has just graduated third in her class from Columbia University. She’s moving back to LA to live with her parents while she tries to find a job. She’s also been hiding her boyfriend from them for six months, afraid of how her obnoxious, shallow, and superficial mother will react to him. The novel chronicles Lou’s year after graduating. While the authors writing style and voice was great, I really just hated Lou. She was a spoiled, rich, entitled narrator who honestly gives all millennials a bad name. She whines and bitches about not having a job, yet six months past graduation, she has only applied to ONE job. No shit you’re not going to find a job when you’re not even trying to find one. Anyone that desperate for a job and for a way to get out of the house would apply to anything, including crap like dog walking and the food industry. But no, not Lou! She prefers to stay at home and do nothing all day while whining about her lack of job prospects. Her and her mother are often casually racist and racially insensitive. Lou and her mother voluntarily decide to do a juice cleanse, and rich, blonde, entitled Lou decides to journal how her hunger level is Africa. Real cute! Let’s compare your voluntary juice cleanse to people, minorities specifically, who are starving and have nothing to eat. Her mother, despite having a Latina house cleaner for over a decade, is continuously racist and it’s just laughed off and brushed aside. Apparently in over a decade, she has not managed to pick up any Spanish and still can’t communicate with her cleaner. Lou is basically a spoiled brat who creates her own problems and then cries about them in her journal. She has no idea what it is really like to struggle, being that she grew up in a wealthy LA household and has never wanted for anything. She just expects things to be dropped into her lap — which, of course, they are by the end of the novel, with her doing literally nothing to deserve or earn it. Would I recommend this? No, not particularly. It’s a fast read, but there are better things to do with your time. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This was a Goodreads giveaway win. I related to this a little too much, minus the fact that I'm living in the poorhouse compared to this family. Lou Hansen is a recent college grad who moves back across the country into her childhood bedroom. She graduated summa cum laude from *freaking* Columbia and can't find a job, while everyone she knows is doing something worth writing about. She has an amazing chef boyfriend, Theo, who is directly on his desired career path towards being an executive chef This was a Goodreads giveaway win. I related to this a little too much, minus the fact that I'm living in the poorhouse compared to this family. Lou Hansen is a recent college grad who moves back across the country into her childhood bedroom. She graduated summa cum laude from *freaking* Columbia and can't find a job, while everyone she knows is doing something worth writing about. She has an amazing chef boyfriend, Theo, who is directly on his desired career path towards being an executive chef. Her little sister is finishing her junior year of high school basically already having a career as a social media icon. Her former roommate from college is on a spiritual journey in India, which leads to a whole lot of international attention (you'll have to read the book to find out more about that!). And of course Lou's mom, Mama Shelly, has placed herself in every aspect of her daughter's life, from trying to fix her up with guys (because Lou hasn't told her about Theo), to trying to make her over inside and out (hello, shopping and juice fasts), and of course forcing Lou to watch The Bachelor with and her friends, the Red Hots. I mean, thank you mother, really, but I would like to make my friends my own age - and not just the ones you pick out for me. I would recommend if you are just coming out of college, or are still in those "transitional years" between and 40 while still living in your parents' house. (Unless like me you're a little too depressed realizing you're much older than her and still just as lost and under your parents' control!)
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  • Linda Steighner
    January 1, 1970
    “Smothered” by Autumn Chiklis is a quick easy read following Eloise “Lou” Hansen as she graduates from Columbia University summa cum laude only to find herself' living at home completely unprepared to enter the job market or real life. The story is told from Lou’s POV primarily thru a series of emails, texts, journal entries, job applications, and other forms of social media. Lou grew up wealthy and privileged, she has a secret boyfriend she does not have the courage to tell her controlling moth “Smothered” by Autumn Chiklis is a quick easy read following Eloise “Lou” Hansen as she graduates from Columbia University summa cum laude only to find herself' living at home completely unprepared to enter the job market or real life. The story is told from Lou’s POV primarily thru a series of emails, texts, journal entries, job applications, and other forms of social media. Lou grew up wealthy and privileged, she has a secret boyfriend she does not have the courage to tell her controlling mother about, her little sister is an internet star, an arch nemesis that has managed to graduate, go to Europe before starting a dream job and move into the perfect apartment of her own, etc etc The book is a hilarious comedy as each secret and lie just builds and builds until it all comes crashing down. The book also reads as a frighteningly sad commentary of how shallow and self absorbed our culture (especially millennials) have become. While laughing I could not help cringing as I read Lou’s introduction letters, her lack of motivation, her mothers obsession with looking younger and thinner, everyone’s desire to have a large social media presence and so much more. Younger readers will probably see this as a funny relatable read that would make a great movie or series, older readers can gain some insight on where society is headed. Great way to spend a weekend. 3.5 stars
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  • Nina Test
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free through a giveaway. This follows a young girl (20 something) fresh out of college who is searching for a job while living with her obsessive and materialistic mother. Having to deal with finding a job and hiding her boyfriend from her family is proving to be difficult and Lou piles out lie after lie until it all comes to shambles... I like the format of this story. We got normal writing but we also saw texts and social media posts and news articles, which was refres I received this book for free through a giveaway. This follows a young girl (20 something) fresh out of college who is searching for a job while living with her obsessive and materialistic mother. Having to deal with finding a job and hiding her boyfriend from her family is proving to be difficult and Lou piles out lie after lie until it all comes to shambles... I like the format of this story. We got normal writing but we also saw texts and social media posts and news articles, which was refreshing. It was an average contemporary for me. It didn't get me excited or pull me in. I felt like our main character was pathetic and lacked any sort of confidence. Instead of applying and finding a blah job like a fast food place, she barely applies anywhere or looks for jobs, but yet she continually sulks about being unemployed. She could have settled for a entry level job somewhere, saved up and moved out. She instead does nothing and lies until she cant anymore. The mother in this story was way over bearing and sends a horrible message to young girls about weight, looks, status, and material things. I found it to be much too ridiculous. The ending was fine. They accept each other for who they are and everyone is happy. Horray. Not a mind blowing heart wrenching novel, but it was a "make me rip it to shreds and turn it to ashes" book either.
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  • Sionna
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*DNF @ 3%Yeah, I usually give books at least 10% before giving up, but the writing style really didn't agree with me. Nor the character's voice. It just really hit me the wrong way. I tried going in further, but then I met the mom and had to stop. There are many moments I'm sure are supposed to be funny-- just depends on your sense of humor. Again, worked against me, but some people might enjoy it. I was so excited *I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*DNF @ 3%Yeah, I usually give books at least 10% before giving up, but the writing style really didn't agree with me. Nor the character's voice. It just really hit me the wrong way. I tried going in further, but then I met the mom and had to stop. There are many moments I'm sure are supposed to be funny-- just depends on your sense of humor. Again, worked against me, but some people might enjoy it. I was so excited to read a post-grad book about someone who's life wasn't put together. The feeling I was expecting wasn't in the book though, not fear, dread, confusion -- well, there is dread about public speaking and moving home, but it seems like being with the mother is going to be the biggest obstacle. So, didn't work for me, but I'm sure some people might like the voice of this book.
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  • Jenee Rager
    January 1, 1970
    Lou Hansen has just graduated with honors from Columbia University and moved back in with her parents. She has a list of goals that she believes will get her future off to a great start, if she can only shake her overbearing mother and get them accomplished.The book is told in various sections of emails, text messages, lists, and regular novel format. It starts off funny and quirky but after awhile it started to grate on my nerves. There seemed to be little growth from Lou, and the novel seemed Lou Hansen has just graduated with honors from Columbia University and moved back in with her parents. She has a list of goals that she believes will get her future off to a great start, if she can only shake her overbearing mother and get them accomplished.The book is told in various sections of emails, text messages, lists, and regular novel format. It starts off funny and quirky but after awhile it started to grate on my nerves. There seemed to be little growth from Lou, and the novel seemed more like a book version of Groundhog day than anything else. Thank you goodreads giveaways for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Kayleigh O'lynn
    January 1, 1970
    It was a cute story, some of the interactions between the characters made me laugh - and not just a snicker or giggle - it produced a couple guffaws.It's the story of a girl who graduates from college away from home who has to move back in with her parents and figure out what to do next; get a job, move out, finally tell her family about her boyfriend.The premise seems easy enough to relate to, but the wealth (and management thereof) of the main character's family doesn't really leave room to co It was a cute story, some of the interactions between the characters made me laugh - and not just a snicker or giggle - it produced a couple guffaws.It's the story of a girl who graduates from college away from home who has to move back in with her parents and figure out what to do next; get a job, move out, finally tell her family about her boyfriend.The premise seems easy enough to relate to, but the wealth (and management thereof) of the main character's family doesn't really leave room to connect with her. It's basically a story about a spoiled young adult trying to figure out what to do while her obnoxious and spoiled mother interferes. The relationship between her and her boyfriend is confusing as well. Overall, I enjoyed reading it, but I also enjoy eating a Twinkie from time to time. :) There's not really any substance, but at the end you can't help but be happy that the characters got a pleasant ending to their story.
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  • Dor Gvirtsman
    January 1, 1970
    This is a clever as hell satire! It's not usually the kind of book I reach for, but I found myself loving this, smiling from ear to ear.
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