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Wallflower in Bloom

by Claire Cook

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The story of a woman who emerges from the shadow of her overbearing family and finds herself voted on as a last-minute replacement on "Dancing with the Stars."

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This was a pretty light and easy read. The characters had potential but didn't quite make the grade. They were a tad one-dimensional. The DWTS portion of the book was enjoyable and has now made me want to watch the show. I suppose the characters were meant to be stuck in adolescence, however it got on my nerves after a while. This is a nice beach read. ( )
  Martha662 | Jun 27, 2020 |
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  audraelizabeth | Aug 28, 2019 |
Ms. Cook, you've done it again! I love your stories and characters. This is a fun storyline and I want to be BFFs with Diedre.
I recommend you check this out ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
A fun book to read about a woman who works for her new -age guru, famous brother as his media, events planner who has no life of her own and zero self esteem. Plus her brother treats like dirt. It's about family relationships like with your parents and your siblings.The novel is filled with expressions or chiasmus, self depraction humor from Diedre herself. ( )
  Smits | Oct 24, 2017 |
I’ve read and enjoyed chick lit. This isn’t one of those chick lit books.

Deirdre Gibson is the personal assistant and social media genius behind her older brother, Tag’s, rise to fame and fortune as a new-age guru. She is unsure, lacks confidence, and is certain that any guy who shows interest in her must be just trying to get to her brother. When her brother interferes once too often in her personal life, she abruptly quits and in a vodka-fueled stroke of inspiration starts an internet campaign to get her voted onto Dancing With the Stars (where, of course, the producers agree, just to get her brother to come on the show).

There is nothing likeable about these characters. Deirdre is obsessed with how fat and unattractive she is, and what mess she’s made of her “non-life.” Frankly, she’s right. She’s about 33 and riding her brother’s coattails. I wanted to shake some sense into her and tell her to grow up. Her brother isn’t much better, speaking in ridiculous platitudes and trying always to be the center of attention. Their sibling rivalry and dialogue is what I’d expect from 9-year-olds. A usual scene consists of his backhanded insult and her responding with “I know you are, but what am I?” Seriously … I’m not making that up; that is really what the dialogue is like in this book. Oh, and did I mention Cook’s penchant for dividing a sentence into individual words for emphasis. Drove. Me. Absolutely. Crazy! The “crisis” that leads to her epiphany is ridiculous and the ending is saccharine. Blech!
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