by Stacey Ballis

April 2005
ISBN: 0-373-89516-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Remember slumber parties? A gaggle of giggling girls who did each othersí hair and nails, chattering deep into the night about boys was a rite of passage for many of us. Slumber parties gave way to lunch dates or girlsí nite out as we aged, but the fundamentals stayed the same. The generations since the Baby Boomers have put their own stamp on slumber parties. Many of them have gone beyond same-sex gossip fests into asexual get-togethers to stave off loneliness or offer support. Often guy friends are included - in the most platonic of ways.

Contemporary author Stacey Ballis explores this new version in Sleeping Over. She introduces us to a circle of women, and the men in their lives - both romantic and platonic. As the lives of these women undergo radical changes, the nature of their relationships also change.

What happens when your rock, the one man who you can always count on gives you a clear signal that he is interested in more? What if the signals you are sending to your favorite bed buddy are being misinterpreted as mere friendship? What if your reasons for starting a relationship suddenly change? All these scenarios and more are explored in this sparkling novel.

The author skillfully keeps us abreast of all the key characters without abrupt chapter shifting. I found the multi-layered novel easy to follow and interesting. I laughed and cried along with the women as they stumbled their way to love, and in some cases, into new relationships. I related to the characters, even though they are a generation removed because I see my daughterís friends in similar straits. The author made the characters likeable and the stories were moving.

Sleeping Over is not your average chick-lit novel.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Paula.

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