Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Very Nice’.

I’m not going to lie to you… I slept most of the weekend. I knew I would be tired from my trip to San Francisco, but I didn’t realize I’d be THAT tired. I had an 8am flight out of SF Saturday morning and had every intention of staying awake and getting some reading done.

I drank a large coffee at the airport and was holding the book (not the one we’ll be discussing today) in my hand… and slept for the entire 3.5-hour flight. Then, I got home and slept for another 3.5 hours! I went to bed around 11pm Saturday night, and woke up at 11am on Sunday, and then took a nap around 3 pm. It’s really not my most flattering of days, but I guess I needed the rest.

I finished a book right before I left for my trip and that’s the latest pick from Blanche’s Book Club: “Very Nice” by Marcy Dermansky. Here is the book’s description:

Rachel Klein never meant to kiss her creative writing professor, but with his long eyelashes, his silky hair, and the sad, beautiful life he laid bare on Twitter, she does, and the kiss is very nice.

Zahid Azzam never planned to become a houseguest in his student’s sprawling Connecticut home, but with the sparkling swimming pool, the endless supply of Whole Foods strawberries, and Rachel’s beautiful mother, he does, and the home is very nice.

Becca Klein never thought she’d have a love affair so soon after her divorce, but when her daughter’s professor walks into her home, bringing with him an apricot standard poodle named Princess, she does, and the affair is…a very bad idea.

Zigzagging between the rarefied circles of Manhattan investment banking, the achingly self-serious MFA programs of the Midwest, and the private bedrooms of Connecticut, Very Nice is an audacious, addictive, and wickedly smart take on the way we live now.

I’m not entirely sure where I saw this title, but it just came out in June. At first, I thought it was satire, because of how far-fetched it all seemed. But, about 30 pages in, I was completely hooked, laughing out loud, and finished before I knew what the heck just happened.

Toward the end of the book, I thought it was going to end with a cliff-hanger and I was thinking, “OK, can we get a series with these characters??!” I would love that!

I would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of steamy romance, and/or Jackie Collins. I am really happy to see that the author has several other books out, because I really liked her style.

The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Running Home” by Katie Arnold.

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