Getting A Grip
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This isn’t my life. Okay, it is my life, but not the way I envisioned it would be.
I wasn’t supposed to be a divorced mother of three when I turned the big 4-0. Sure, I expected the fine lines, gray hairs and left over baby belly. What I didn’t expect was expanding our family get-togethers by one… my ex-husband’s new child bride. Ok, ok, she’s not young. Maybe.
Did I mention this is not the life I planned?
It could always be worse, I know. I’m lucky to have a mother who loves to babysit, a best friend who loves sarcasm, and a new friend by the name of Greg who is a child whisperer and tells me my eyes are pretty.
The perfect, Adonis-like God of a man who keeps flirting with me. At least I think he’s flirting with me. It’s been so long, I don’t really know.
Between birthday parties, a few ill-advised bouts with make-up, and a whole slew of gymnastics classes, it’s finally time to take back some control.
So, while my girls learn all about how to grip the bar, I’m going to learn how to get a grip on my life. And maybe my heart.
Laugh your pants off!
Let me start by saying that this is a perfect book if you want to read a romantic comedy. Seriously, I laughed the whole way through. Even though Elena is working through insecurities from her divorce, M.E. Carter approached this story in a way that portrays believable and relatable characters and pokes fun at everyday life. Once Greg was introduced, I absolutely had to keep reading! He is the kind of man every woman want, even though Greg has his own insecurities. I have to say that there better be a sequel to this because I need more of these characters. Once again, M.E. Carter has shown us that her talent has no bounds.
FINALLY!! I love a good romance, but come on! So many times the story is good, but totally unrealistic. ME Carter has managed to give us a book with REAL LIFE people and REAL LIFE circumstances. It was like watching your best friends life play out and you can't help but feel every single emotion that they are feeling, because that's what true friends do.
Witty, quick humor is the fuel in Elena and Callie's friendship and their banter had me laughing out loud throughout this book. And even though both are divorced and scorned, Elena and Greg push through life's obstacles to give their new romance a chance. But every good parent knows, your kids will always come first and sometimes you just need to get a grip. ;)
Relatable and Unique
Sometimes you love a book, and sometimes you just don't connect very well with it. For me, I was somewhere in the middle with Getting A Grip. There were a lot of really good moments, and the end left me wanting more, but there were also a few things that left me disconnected, which I'll make sure that I explain further.
One thing that I can say for sure about M.E Carter as an author, is that she knows how to make her characters feel very real. This book is about a woman with real life troubles, who probably goes through the same routines and day to day struggles that you do. So if you love a strong, relatable character, then this is your book!
The things that Elena and her best friend Callie do and talk about, are things that anyone with kids will be able to relate to. Some of it was really funny! And some if it is actually very powerful! I loved the ending. It wasn't cookie cutter like I expected it to be, and I was actually very pleased with it. And the twist! Oh the twist. It was something I didn't see coming, and more than likely something you've never read in another book before. So be prepared, because M.E Carter loves the shock factor! And this book is definitely something you'll want to discuss and laugh about with your friends.
So why did I rate it three stars? Honestly, the humor in this book just wasn't really for me. There were a couple of moments that I laughed, but the majority of the jokes just didn't hit me. I'm being serious when I say that this may be a "it's not you, it's me" kind of situation. I have a strange sense of humor. I get offended by things very easily, and dry humor just really isn't for me. There were a couple of moments where I just felt an overwhelming amount of cringe factor. And it's quite possibly just because I didn't connect with that style of humor.
So keep in mind that even though this book wasn't for me, it doesn't mean that it won't be for you! I can already tell that I'm going to be in the minority on this one, because the story really was very well written! Plus, Greg is pretty awesome. I could visualize him perfectly, and he's an amazing character. He is the kind of man that every woman is searching for. So get ready to add another man to your book boyfriend list!