Monday, December 26, 2011

Book Report: The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman

I was in RiteAid the other day, stocking up on Christmas candy, when I wandered over to the paperback rack in search of something sweet for my brain.  (It bears mentioning that I'd already browsed and resisted a 10-piece Coca-Cola-themed Lip Smacker assortment and various Calgon bath and body gift sets.)  I picked up and rejected a couple of murder mysteries, not wanting something even the slightest bit dark.  Then I saw a book called The Christmas Cookie Club, the back cover of which promised laughter and heartache, trials and triumphs.  In other words, all your usual sentimentality wrapped up with a great big holiday bow.  This sounded just marvy to me. What better way to forget life's problems, after all, than to read about a bunch of fictitious characters' undoubtedly more serious problems?

But these problems, as it turned out, were just a little too serious.  So much so that I probably should've stuck with a nice glossy copy of InStyle.  Readers, this Christmas caper was grim.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to hear about stillborn babies and twentysomething men plummeting to their deaths in my seasonal stories.  Or, actually, ever.  I know these things happen - but I'd rather not know about them, much less within the gilded confines of supposedly fluffy fiction.  Although I appreciate the occasional tearjerker, the thing I crave most from a novel is a frothy escape.

Whew.  I unleashed more of my inner mean girl there than I meant to.  Thankfully, I got a ton of really excellent books for Christmas, so my next book report is sure to be sunnier.  


SparkleFarkle said...

Wow! What a crappy plot surprise indeed. You're right, gruesome and Yuletide do NOT belong in the same sentence. I think if you took the book and a copy of your book report back to the store for the clerk to read, and once he did just that, surely he'll be glad to refund you the $5.99. Nobody deserves a lump of coal for Christmas, especially this kind.

Aside from the nasty novel incident, I trust you had the merriest holiday ever? Great! And it's great to be merrily reading one of your blog entries again, too!

Happy New Year!

The Tote Trove said...

When you read as much as I do, you're bound to run into a few duds here and there :)

I did have a merry holiday and hope you had the same!