Been There, Married That
A hilarious new novel full of Hollywood glitz, glamour, and scandal.When he changes the locks, she changes the rules.Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife – she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they’re living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties.But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn’t cover divorce, which is the way Agnes’ life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there’s a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter…which she does. Needless to say, Agnes’ husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn’t the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of fremenies and hot nannies, personal psychics and “skinny” jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back?Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next…and how she’ll rise from the ashes.

Been There, Married That Details

TitleBeen There, Married That
Author
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250166814
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Been There, Married That Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    "Lip filler lemmings," I said. "I'd tell them to jump off a cliff into the Pacific, but we all know silicone floats." Agnes Murphy Nash spent the last decade or so acting the part of the Hollywood Wife - expensive clothes, flawless makeup, and the right friends in the right places. Trevor, her husband, has always been an arrogant producer but lately, he's set his sights on something else. "Okay, here we go." he sighed. "I'm really sorry, I've been told not to let you in...It's what they "Lip filler lemmings," I said. "I'd tell them to jump off a cliff into the Pacific, but we all know silicone floats." Agnes Murphy Nash spent the last decade or so acting the part of the Hollywood Wife - expensive clothes, flawless makeup, and the right friends in the right places. Trevor, her husband, has always been an arrogant producer but lately, he's set his sights on something else. "Okay, here we go." he sighed. "I'm really sorry, I've been told not to let you in...It's what they call, in the legal profession, leveraging." He's moving on - right now - and the sooner Agnes gets out, the better. With no credit cards, her house partitioned off like a bad teenage sitcom, and every lawyer in the city booked by her soon-to-be-ex husband, Agnes is about to get a hard slap to the face. I ubered home in a blacked-out Suburban, Adele crying on the radio, air conditioning blowing up my dress, and legroom for my emotional baggage. One thing's for certain, she will NOT let her husband win. No. Way. In. Hell.Whelp... that didn't go at all as expected.You know that magical feeling where a 300+ pg book passes in a blink of an eye? Yeahhhh... that didn't happen. I felt every. single. page. It had so much wonderful potential. So many moments that had me on the edge of laughter but it ultimately didn't mesh well. The tone of the book was very in-the-moment and it was so close-first person that it was a bit difficult to handle the pacing. Every spare thought was told to the audience and it was honestly hard to follow. The narrator alternated between being funny, witty and charming to vindictive, mean and spiteful with a slightly inane cheeriness. If that was better balanced, I have the feeling I would have loved it. But it just flip-flopped so quickly and so often that I never could get a good feel for her character, which left me feeing disconnected. My calls and texts to Trevor went unanswered. I hoped he was lying in a ditch somewhere, but I also hoped that he was. :) The same goes for her husband - one minute he's tantruming because someone moved his furniture two inches over and the next, he's clever enough to obtain a consultation with every decent lawyer in the city to blockade Agnes. "I see a touch of narcisism," she said, glancing up..."It says here that when you walk into a room, you feel special." In the beginning, he gave her a fitbit as a dig for gaining weight. Later he commits to an inpatient home by accusing her of anorexia. So she was unlikeable, he was unlikeable, her kid was going through a moody teenage phrase...and essentially I couldn't connect to anyone in the book and the book went all over, full of little inconsistencies and big ones (fitbit/anorexia).Two stars because I did legitimately enjoy the beginning. It started smart, funny and sassy but it just couldn't keep up the pace.YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!I received a free copy from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.All quotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/2.5 StarsI’ll be on vacay (at my house – don’t think you can rob me without me murdering you) until after Christmas so Imma knock another review out today and make me feel like I accomplished something this year by posting 200 reviews. Been There, Married That is the type of book you pick up when . . . . It’s the story of what happens when Agnes’ megahit Hollywood producer husband Trevor decides to divorce her, believing the grass is Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/2.5 StarsI’ll be on vacay (at my house – don’t think you can rob me without me murdering you) until after Christmas so Imma knock another review out today and make me feel like I accomplished something this year by posting 200 reviews. Been There, Married That is the type of book you pick up when . . . . It’s the story of what happens when Agnes’ megahit Hollywood producer husband Trevor decides to divorce her, believing the grass is sure to be greener on the other side. What follows is a completely over-the-top tale that could easily be found in Webster’s next to the definition of . . . . When I read this (a while ago, because you know I suck at timely reviews) I thought this would be a great poolside selection. Alice NEVER being serious (I mean EVER - even when in mediation discussing the potential of losing custody of her children) irritated the shit out of me, but I still stand by that opinion. Now that the holidays are quickly approaching, this might be a great escape from the stresses of the season as well. Got a house full of Griswalds? Run a bubble bath and soak in with Agnes’ antics. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    Oooof, this was a rough one. The writing was all over the place. I love a good quip/snarky comment/joke, but it was so constant I got confused about what was actually going on in the scene.The star of the book was Fin, the MC's sister.1.5 stars rounded up because I didn't hate it, it was just bad (like, really bad).If you want to read a great book by her, check out Rescue Me or The Starter Wife, don't bother with this one.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a spectacularly bad book for so many reasons. DNF, but I made it 40 percent through and feel like I should get a trophy for that. In really good novels, while I’m reading, I forget that there is an author who sat at her desk day after day after day constructing the book because I’m so lost in the story. The writing in this novel very noticeably calls attention to itself. There are good lines, but I can envision the author at her desk, smiling at her own cleverness. Agnes is a writer who This is a spectacularly bad book for so many reasons. DNF, but I made it 40 percent through and feel like I should get a trophy for that. In really good novels, while I’m reading, I forget that there is an author who sat at her desk day after day after day constructing the book because I’m so lost in the story. The writing in this novel very noticeably calls attention to itself. There are good lines, but I can envision the author at her desk, smiling at her own cleverness. Agnes is a writer who married a Hollywood big shot. One day she comes home to her palatial mansion to find she’s been locked out. Is divorce next? I don’t care because Trevor is a horrible man. If your criteria for a good husband is that he’s good looking, rich, and successful, yes, Trevor’s your guy. If what you care about in a husband is that he’s a good human who treats you well, he’s a self-absorbed dick. I care much more about the latter, so of course she shouldn’t get back with him. Even if he didn’t cheat, he LOCKED HER OUT OF THE HOUSE INSTEAD OF HAVING A CONVERSATION LIKE AN ADULT HUMAN BEING THAT HE WAS HAVING ISSUES WITH THEIR MARRIAGE. He sends her to rehab because she eats too many almonds. She actually goes. WTF? Only for a day, but then he can say she’s been to rehab, which of course implies a drug/alcohol problem. I had to stop there because It was all too stupid for words. I got this book from NetGalley. It RELEASES FEBRUARY 11, 2020.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    This story was heavy on the humor but was lacking in heart. The characters were just so over-the-top they were caricatures and not in a fun way. I kept asking myself, why should I even care about the main character and what she is going through? Disappointing read for sure.Agnes Murphy Nash is a writer and is married to some hotshot producer named Trevor. They are part of the Hollywood crowd so they are constantly surrounded by glitz, glamour, and well, a lot of fake people. Trevor decides he This story was heavy on the humor but was lacking in heart. The characters were just so over-the-top they were caricatures and not in a fun way. I kept asking myself, why should I even care about the main character and what she is going through? Disappointing read for sure.Agnes Murphy Nash is a writer and is married to some hotshot producer named Trevor. They are part of the Hollywood crowd so they are constantly surrounded by glitz, glamour, and well, a lot of fake people. Trevor decides he doesn't want to be married to Agnes anymore which means she could lose everything. But hey, when you get knocked down, you got to pick yourself back up again, right?The story lost me early on and despite the fact there was some substance towards the end, it just wasn't enough to save it. I think in order for this story to work better, Agnes had to be completely normal and likable but as it was written, she was as annoying as every other character. It's a significant problem when the main character's husband is a jerk and you don't even feel an ounce of sympathy towards her. Simply put, I had quite a few problems with this book. I'm human so I can't enjoy every single book I read, but maybe others will enjoy this one. I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Made it through the Most insane book I think I’ve ever read. The first half is completely nuts but if you hang in through the second half, it actually makes sense. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’ve heard of this author before but I have never read anything by her. So I’m not sure if this was the book that I should have started with. But start with I did and I had an eye-opening experience.The first third of this book was completely insane.-It was maniacal.-It seemed like menopausal hysteria.-It was also Made it through the Most insane book I think I’ve ever read. The first half is completely nuts but if you hang in through the second half, it actually makes sense. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’ve heard of this author before but I have never read anything by her. So I’m not sure if this was the book that I should have started with. But start with I did and I had an eye-opening experience.The first third of this book was completely insane.-It was maniacal.-It seemed like menopausal hysteria.-It was also very difficult to read.Set in Hollywood, it’s the story of the wife of a movie director and it showcases her insane life.And trust me you understand the insanity when you’re trying to read between all of the snark and attempts at continual witty comeback‘s.I actually had to put the book aside for three days and then come back to it. I did that because as a reviewer I make a promise to review each book.Actually I’m glad I came back to it. The second portion of the book was actually less of a frantic pace. You’re able to actually connect with her crazy life and her insane husband. You begin to understand why everything is cracked in her life.You can also understand the frantic feeling she gets when her husband takes control of everything and people who are supposed to have your back, don’t. (Although I have to admit, I did not understand why she went along with the visit to the “spa”. That was so obvious.)Her only saving grace, her sister, and eventually her dad. Even a peek of normalcy peeks through from her tween. Spots of true humor show through and brings this book from crazy to a tongue in cheek, snarky look at people who think they are all that!Been There, Married That is a story that showcases a world where life has no value outside where you are on the social ladder. Where marriage is a convenience, some friends really aren’t, and Hollywood is a dark and icky place.This book shows us that there is hope for peace, calm, and normalcy, if you break free from the social acceptance frantic circle and be who you are meant to be.Gigi Levangie wound up a lot of people with this story. Maybe that is the entire point of it.3 STARS – love/hate situation here!* copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/been-there-m...
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  • bbunny
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Wow, I really hated this book. What a pity, the cover is so gorgeous too. I wanted to like it, I really did. But this book is trying too hard to be laugh-out-loud funny. But seriously, this is a trash chick flit. Agnes Murphy Nash, a Hollywood housewife to a well-known movie and television producer, has her marriage hitting the rocks after a decade in the making. I received a free copy from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Wow, I really hated this book. What a pity, the cover is so gorgeous too. I wanted to like it, I really did. But this book is trying too hard to be laugh-out-loud funny. But seriously, this is a trash chick flit. Agnes Murphy Nash, a Hollywood housewife to a well-known movie and television producer, has her marriage hitting the rocks after a decade in the making. Tragedy strikes. Although the beginning set up a view of an unfiltered, sassy humor with cockiness, Agnes took all this shit in the book lying down. I never really saw her take initiative to solve a problem until after the problem begins. I hate these fake feminist characters that never do the right thing for themselves. Agnes barely has a brain. Combine that with a wagging mouth and loose free-running thoughts that practically leap out of her mouth? She's dug her own tomb. And that's just Agnes. I didn't care about anybody. Not Trevor, Fin, Waverly, Gio, Juliette, Liz, Anne, etc. There was no real connection between the sass coming out of Agnes' mouth and the build of the story. Throughout the entirety of this dumpster fire with crap pop media sentences every other page, I have been praying that people like this don't exist in real life. If this is what a Hollywood life is like, count me out.To go with the story, there is a lot of sexism and etc. that comes with the media in this. My guess is that the author needs to continually rain down comic terror onto Agnes in order to keep her interesting while diminishing her persona at the same time. (view spoiler)[By the end, Agnes is wearing a diaper for an adult diaper commercial. (hide spoiler)]Now, I really don't want to know if people like them exist, because if they do I'm embarrassed to be on the same plane as them. And further, (view spoiler)[after a trash divorce like that, there is no way our couple is going to get along just fine (hide spoiler)].Jesus Christ, sometimes I felt like my eyes were on fire reading this. I stopped on page 250 and then skimmed the rest (I should've started skimming it way earlier).Agnes is such a bad character. She took all this negativity lying down like a dog. She actually was a bad mother, especially acting like your kid is all you have left out of a ten-year marriage. The satire is getting to be too much when you're not taking the consequences of your marriage seriously, especially more so when it becomes national news.I'm just glad that she didn't end up going back to Trevor.
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book in the mail, which I’m thrilled about, but the reviews have me very curious.... Thank you to St Martins Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Comedy and satire are such tough challenges. Comedy that works for me runs parallel to other genres: the basic storyline either puts an ordinary person into extraordinary circumstances, or an extraordinary person into ordinary circumstances. There must be a sense of irony, but the humor has to be grounded in truth.Unfortunately, this send-up of Hollywood, written by someone who can definitely deliver a zinger, puts cartoonish characters into ridiculous situations, coming so fast that the few Comedy and satire are such tough challenges. Comedy that works for me runs parallel to other genres: the basic storyline either puts an ordinary person into extraordinary circumstances, or an extraordinary person into ordinary circumstances. There must be a sense of irony, but the humor has to be grounded in truth.Unfortunately, this send-up of Hollywood, written by someone who can definitely deliver a zinger, puts cartoonish characters into ridiculous situations, coming so fast that the few potentially real moments blow by without any time for real reaction: Agnes, our heroine, comes home from a Hollywood party celebrating her successful director husband to find herself locked out of their house. He wants a divorce.Things take a left turn into crazy from there, and stay on the highway to hell all the way to the end. The characters are all cartoons, many of them the sort of cliche Hollywood hipster and A-hole we've been seeing for decades. The prose leans hard on Hollywood cliches, names, and assumptions, the zingers shooting off the page in a machine-gun barrage that for me finally had a numbing effect. I found myself reading for shorter and shorter periods until at last I reached the zany (but somewhat exhausting) end.I think the reader who will enjoy this book most are those who despise Hollywood and yet know all the insider references, and those who like a high dose of sheer crazy.Copy provided by NetGalley
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  • Tiffany Foskey
    January 1, 1970
    Been There Married That is a hilarious hollywood drama filled book!!!!!! It is about Agnes, a middle aged mother who is going through a divorce in Hollywood w/a narcissist man child!!!! Hollywood divorces are not like regular divorces so hold on as we go through pre-nups and all kinds of hilarious drama!!!!!! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for my advance readers copy in exchange for my honest review
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