Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn

Title: Secrets to Happiness
Author: Sarah Dunn
Genre: Chick lit
Setting: New York City
Reason for Reading: It was well-reviewed.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 277, plus an interview with the author and a book group guide. (Ironically these never seem to happen with the really weighty books that I think need them the most.)
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A woman wearing a white tank top and holding a cocker spaniel. She is turned away from us and the dog is looking over her shoulder.
First lines:

"'Do you want to know the secret to a happy marriage?'
'Tell me.'
'Put your wife on Paxil.'"

Themes: Divorce, dogs, infidelity, friendship, dating.
Best part: This book is "laugh out loud at the breakfast table" funny.
Worst part: I thought Dunn made it a little too easy on some of her characters.
Imaginary Theme Song: All I can really think of is "All Things Keep Getting Better," the theme song from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Peppy and poppy and a little bit silly.
Grade: C+. Really fun but I don't think I'll read it again, though I would definitely read other things by this author.
Recommended for: Anybody that needs a lift to their week.
Related Reads: Eat, Pray, Love comes to mind. Also, Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.
Tags: books 2011, fiction
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