by Betsy Burke

September 2003
ISBN: 0-373-25034-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Lucy Madison had finally realized that her life wasn't what she dreamed it would be. She worked a dead end job at an art gallery. There wasn't a boyfriend in sight. Her family was dysfunctional to say the least. Her own art career was none existent. Like most thirty-somethings, she had discovered that she had reached a point of decision.

When her grandfather died riding his Harley off a cliff, she was given the oppurtunity to make a change. He requested that she befriend his girlfriend who just happened to be pregnant. Biting the bullet, she did it. As they entered into a strange friendship, Lucy began to make changes in her regular life. Having her grandfather's launderette to hide out in, she finally grew up.

This story has a slightly confused main character who is trying to find a way to make peace with her life. It has the understanding best friend having problems with her own life. The normal family craziness and disappointing boyfriends. Even though the story has every thing that we have become accustomed to seeing in these types of books, the author has managed to make the main character and her story original.

I found myself cheering as Lucy took control of her life and laughing out loud at her chocolate vandalism. LUCY'S LAUNDERETTE was a place I would have loved to take my clothes to wash while I listened to music and had cafe latte.

Reviewed in August 2003 by Jenni.

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