Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie - Review

Title: Dolls Behaving Badly
Author: Cinthia Ritchie Release
Date: February 5th 2013
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Carla Richards is a lot of things. She's a waitress at Anchorage's premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcée who can't quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager.
She's one overdue bill away from completely losing control-when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she's scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and making appointments with a credit counselor.
Still, getting her life and dreams back on track is difficult. Is perfection really within reach? Or will she wind up with something even better?



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a divorcée mom is not easy, trying to be an artist is not easy, lets be honest being a woman is not easy but it can be extremely fun. Dolls Behaving Badly is the perfect tale for women of all ages. A story that proves the way to happiness is not a straight line. In fact it is a journey full of twists and turns and usually is quite turbulent.

Carla is a thirtyish woman, waitress and artist by night, mother of an incredible boy, living in Alaska. A free spirit when she was younger, she is now settled down and trying to pay her overdue bills. A funny and real woman, with real and believable problems. Her mind itself is a complete world, full with ideas, insecurities, doubts, dreams. Carla is very funny and it’s hard not to love her. No matter how old you are something in her will remind you one or more women in your life.

The book has great characters, each one with a different personality and very well built. Jay-Jay is the most amazing kid. Intelligent and down to earth, a realistic child that wins your heart with every word that comes out of his mouth. Stephanie, the teenager babysitter, an extroverted and secure girl with a hard life whose dialogues and attitudes made the book extreme funny. Laurel, the sister, a woman who I didn’t like at first but ended up being a good companion with an amazing story.

The story is amazing for the veracity of the situations, the hilarious dialogues and the emotions it transmits. The author made a good job capturing the stress, anguish, despair, anxiety and also the happy feelings that make life what it is.

The diary style made it more dynamic and easy to read. The letters and recipes are a great part of the story and displays Carla’s evolution. The paintings and the adorable erotic dolls are other witnesses of the story.

Overall, a woman’s fiction with excellent quality, with engaging characters, a constant rhythm and wonderful recipes.

*** I have to thank the author and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. ***


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  2. Thanks for reading my book, and for the awesome review, Ruty.
    P.S. So glad you loved Jay-Jay and Stephanie. They still have my heart, even though they're fictional characters.
    Cheers and hugs from Alaska,

  3. Diary style, huh? Sounds good to me. Another book on the TBR pile. :-)

  4. Sounds like fun. I might check this out when I need a break from fantasy. Thanks for the review.

  5. I like it! I have been coming to terms with this as well, that life is a series of twists and turns. It's fun to read about other women, fictional or real, who go through the same. :)


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