Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blog Tour: Book Review of Perfectly Crazy by Mitzi Penzes

Author: Mitzi Penzes
Publisher: New Year Publishing, LLC
Paperback: 177 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
Sexy, stylish and successful, Nell always prided herself on her common sense. So why is she suddenly crazy for David, her married best friend of twenty years?  
With a single kiss, Nell's perfect Californian life turns upside down. All the safety of her well-adjusted marriage to a respected plastic surgeon and her growing fashion business pale in comparison to the passion experienced in that kiss. Can she go on as before, or will she make the biggest change of her life? Will she face disaster and tragedy, or perhaps adventure and a second chance? Or possibly all of the above?  
Find out from this fast paced book where the sceneries are changing as fast as the movies. Life is full of surprises and challenges that anyone would call perfectly crazy yet they may become reality one day. Or will they?
Overall Rating: 1/5

Perfectly Crazy would have been a good book, but unfortunately, it suffers from indulgent writing. Contrary to the summary, there is absolutely no conflict within this novel. "Nell's perfect Californian life" does not turn upside down. Instead, it continues to be perfect. Whatever she wants she gets, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles magically melt away within a couple of chapters. This also serves to make her look incredibly selfish -- she doesn't have to work for a happy ending. She already seems to have the perfect life (because there really is nothing wrong with it), and she doesn't even seem to be unhappy at the beginning. She just follows her whims and changes her life at random. There are no consequences for her actions, including leaving her sixteen-year-old daughter to fend for herself while Nell spends a couple of months in Paris. It's okay, though, because her daughter is incredibly understanding and "well-adjusted."

I found the writing to be shallow. It's a quick read because there's really no substance. The characters are all flat and one-dimensional. This book really does have some serious subject matter, but it's all brushed off, especially if actually delving into it would create any sort of problems for Nell.

Some might like this book if they don't expect to get too much out of it. I was expecting something with a lot of conflict and drama, but that just didn't happen.