Friday, February 7, 2020

Book Review: Pretty Much Screwed

Is it just me or is this week absolute crap? I know it's Friday and we're supposed to be excited but I'm just so burned out I can't even care. My emotions are still a wreck, the kids had no school yesterday and today, and I just want to crawl in my bed and cry the entire weekend but I can't because I have things to do. I'm just so spent. If ever there was a book title that felt like my life, this would be it.
Pretty Much Screwed - Jenna McCarthy

"I don't love you anymore."

For Charlotte Crawford, the worst part about being dumped after twenty years of marriage is that her husband, Jack, doesn't want another woman; he just doesn't want her.

Forty-two and clueless, Charlotte is a fish out of water in a dating pool teeming with losers. Just when she thinks she's finally put her failed marriage behind her, it comes back to bite her in the ass...hard. Without warning, Charlotte finds herself staring down the barrel of a future she wouldn't (she would totally) wish on her worst enemy.

I don't think I need to tell you that I bought this book for two reasons, I loved the title and I loved the cover. That's how I roll when I shop for books. The blurb on the back was super promising and the author is described as hilarious. I'm all in, folks. All in.

I don't know that I would call this "hilarious" but it had small moments of being funny. When I started the book I thought this was going to be a book about Lizzy and her impending divorce from her husband after his affair with "that whore Amber", but no. The book ended up being mostly about Charlotte and honestly? She was pretty awful. This would have been FAR funnier if this was mostly about Lizzy because so many opportunities would have presented themselves, but Charlotte was pretty terrible. She's kind of a bitch to her husband and by the time he wanted a divorce I felt like FINALLY someone was going to end this.

Before anyone jumps on me saying not every marriage is awesome, I GET IT. Believe me, I get it. Lord knows Matt and I have struggled but you know what? You really can't treat your partner like inconvenient garbage and then act surprised when they want out. I mean, that's not how any of this works.

Then she finds a really great guy and proceeds to treat him like garbage, too. She makes terrible choices out of desperation and low self esteem, and she ends up a mess. To the point where her teenage daughter is basically becoming the mother of the house and she doesn't even get her crap together until almost the very end.

I was just really frustrated and so many times I wanted to throw this in my nearest trash can. Sure, I think my hormones were super out of whack and I was dealing with migraines for an entire week, but hell, its probably from this book. I feel like I'm in the minority though because people really love the book and I'm over here totally confused.

The writing was good, the conversations/banter were good, the idea that divorce is catchy is a good hook, just this main character is THE WORST. It's pretty bad when I go the whole book hoping she ends up alone.
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