I am so honored to be a part of Camille Pagáns ‘I’m Fine and Neither are You Launch Team’! I LOVE her books – Life and Other Near Death Experiences being a favorite for sure! (And it’s going to be a movie soon! Eeek!!!) So I immediately DOVE into this book and soared though it devouring every word and, of course, loving every minute as I anticipated.
Being a woman is HARD. There’s expectations upon expectations and your spirit can be crushed by the weight of keeping your home together, keeping your significant other happy, keeping your kids alive, keeping a job – the pressure can be paralyzing. But WHILE all those monkeys are jumping on your back, the hardest thing of all, is to pretend like you’ve got all of your sh*t together. Keep a smile on your face. Keep going.
Penny is desperately trying to keep it all together, and watching her picture perfect best friend Jenny sail though a Pinterest-perfect existence, is not helping. How on earth does she do it? Her home is immaculate, her daughter an angel, and a steamy relationship with her husband?!?! All the while Sanjay and Penny can barely sit down and have a conversation together.
But when an awful tragedy occurs and the cracks begin to show in Jenny’s picture-perfect life …. Penny makes a proposal to Sanjay to get their lives back on track. They request from each other 3 things they’d like each other to change that have been affecting their relationship, and agree to work at them as hard and as honestly as they can.
The story is raw, and SO real, and it forces you to examine your life a bit as well. In this day in age, especially, it’s so easy to portray a digital flawless life. And SO many people do. These fabrications spiral out of control to affect many who wish to aspire to unachievable standards. It’s SO HARD to be a woman. It’s even harder to be a woman you aren’t.
It’s an honest story that examines what you’d do to achieve the “perfect life”. How honesty may not always be the best policy, and in the end sometimes something as simple as communication IS key.
I loved every minute of this book. The characters were flawed, yet relatable. The story was compelling and engaging – from friendship, love, and loss, to mystery and secrecy, while also tacking a prevalent issue that haunts our nation right now – I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
I hope you’ll consider picking this one of – or any of Camille’s books for that matter!
I’m Fine and Neither Are You is available March 1, 2019, and you can pre-order it here at amazon —> I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán
- Hardcover: 270 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 1, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542042550
- ISBN-13: 978-1542042550
About the book (from author website)
Wife. Mother. Breadwinner. Penelope Ruiz-Kar is doing it all—and barely keeping it together. Meanwhile, her best friend, Jenny Sweet, appears to be sailing through life. As close as the two women are, Jenny’s passionate marriage, pristine house, and ultra-polite child stand in stark contrast to Penelope’s underemployed husband, Sanjay, their unruly brood, and the daily grind she calls a career.
Then a shocking tragedy reveals that Jenny’s life is far from perfect. Reeling, Penelope vows to stop keeping the peace and finally deal with the issues in her relationship. So she and Sanjay agree to a radical proposal: both will write a list of changes they want each other to make—then commit to complete and total honesty.
What seems like a smart idea quickly spirals out of control, revealing new rifts and even deeper secrets. As Penelope stares down the possible implosion of her marriage, she must ask herself: When it comes to love, is honesty really the best policy?
About Camille (from Amazon)
Camille Pagán is the #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of five novels, including I’m Fine and Neither Are You, and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which was recently optioned for film. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A journalist and former magazine editor, Pagán has written for the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade; Real Simple; Time; and many other publications and websites. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her family. You can visit her online at http://www.camillepagan.com.
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