I have previously reviewed Goddess of Suburbia by Stephanie Kepke, and since then I’ve had an online friendship with the author, who I find to be exceptionally sweet and funny. Stephanie is a kind woman, who really cares about her family and her fans. This is part of the reason why I love her book so much. Not only is the book funny, dramatic and easy to read, the author is also a very real person who loves what she does.
An award winning writer and blogger, Stephanie’s second grade teacher told her she should be a writer and she hasn’t wavered in her path since. In her past life – before kids – Stephanie was an arts reporter and music journalist. She spent her twenties listening to loud rock bands (including her drummer husband’s) in bars all around Boston and New England.
She has three boys and two slightly crazy rescue dogs (one of whom is three-legged).
Suburbia meets scandal in this hopeful and honest portrayal of that moment in every woman’s life when it’s time to make a change, even if that means risking losing it all. Goddess of Suburbia by Stephanie Kepke is a must-read for women looking to reconnect with their passions, and live authentically.
When pillar of the community and PTA mom, Max, allowed her husband, Nick, to record a sex video of them on his cell phone, she thought of it as simply a way to keep Nick interested and entertained during his frequent business trips. But suddenly, Max is trending everywhere-her video lighting up the blogosphere and Twitter, thanks to the fact that she’s a genuine, imperfect woman. Now the paparazzi are chronicling her every move; her daughter wants to disown her; and her marriage has completely fallen apart. Just as things can’t get any more chaotic, Max’s college boyfriend, shows up two decades after he broke her heart. Now Max must learn to stop going through the motions of her life on auto-pilot and start living authentically, or risk forever being a suburban lemming running towards the cliff of old age.
Stay at home mom, mother of four, former pastry chef, PTA member, sex tape star. Wait what? Maxine wasn’t planning on having that last one on her life’s resume, but there it is. Thanks to one little romp in the sack with her husband his and camera phone, their entire love making session (even though it’s only four minutes long) is all over the internet. The only thing is, Max doesn’t know how it got there, and is only privy to the information because she walked in on her fourteen year old daughter watching it. Now Max has to figure out who got the video, and why they posted it all over the internet for everyone to see. When she finds out who is behind it, she feels very betrayed and doesn’t know who she can trust or turn to, thankfully her best friend is by her side through the entire ordeal. Not only can she not trust others, she finds it hard to not care what other people think of her. Especially with the paparazzi following her, and the entire world watching. Max finds it difficult to get back into the swing of things after the scandal becomes headline news. This book is one of my favorites of the summer, and there are many reasons why. First of all, it’s very connected with today’s society. We are always on Facebook, or twitter, doing things with our phones, and that is what the back drop of this book is, social media and all the good and bad things that can come from it. Also, I love that it’s taken in a more charming and funny way than you would normally think a book about such a serious topic would be taken. I like that the people in the book are very real, every day mom’s and children. They aren’t perfect, they have cellulite, they worry about their gray hair, and they have houses that aren’t perfect Mcmansions in a gated community. Lastly, the characters are very intricate, and they are all different in subtle ways. You get a feel for their personalities from the very first page. I was so deeply immersed in this book, I was rooting for Max from the beginning like she was my next door neighbor, or sister.
**If you want to read more of my review, or to read the Author Q&A check it out right here.
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