FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME
OVERALL: If you’re preparing your favorite canvas tote (or life proofed e-reader) for spring break at the beach, then Fifteen Minutes of Shame is the sort of frothy, predictable, mind-candy that you can happily include in the to-be read stack. It meanders in places, but overall it’s a fun read with moments of provocative observation and you can probably finish it in just enough time to get a great base tan.=
THE LOWDOWN: It took me several chapters to invest in Darby Vaughn as a character. Until she gets jilted by her husband, Darby isn’t anyone I know. Other than a fit of paranoia in the beginning, she’s living the good (and dull) life until things go upside down. She get more interesting when she goes into damage control, but only marginally so. But, just when I was about to write this one off for too much fluff, Darby gives thought, real thought, to how she’s come to her current place in life and that is where she got me on her side. The fear and the doubt that so many of us type A’s have can be crippling in a lot of subtle ways and Lisa Daily, and Darby, don’t shy away from the brutal truths of a control freak. Those moments of unapologetic honesty make the entire story worth it and better than just literary cotton candy.