by Wendy Wax

July 2006
ISBN: 0-553-58897-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

For Amanda Sheridan, life in suburbia has just taken a turn towards the dramatic. When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, Amanda is left holding the reins of the house. Unfortunately, she is forced to take drastic measures when she discovers her husband has left their finances high and dry. With two kids and a mortgage Amanda, a house-wife for eighteen years, is about to get a job.

Maid for You kicks off Amanda’s new adventure. With the help of thrice-divorcee Candace Sugarman and stereotypical trophy wife Brooke Mackenzie, Amanda discovers that being Single in Suburbia may not be easy, it may not always be fun, but it’s definitely keeping her on her toes. These three women are about to go where not many suburban housewives are willing to go...into their neighbor’s bedroom to clean up the dirty laundry.

Entertaining and dishy from the get-go, Wendy Wax dives right into the world of Suburbia. Amanda may be the stereotypical house wife, the one who gets left behind, but she’s far from a dishrag. Sure, there’s a bit of whining and pity at the beginning, but Amanda leaves pity behind when she realizes just how dire her situation is. Then, the real fun kicks in because Amanda strikes out with vigor. She’s unafraid to get dirty, to perform hard work, and, oh the horror, to make friends with some other unconventional suburban women.

In fact, the burgeoning friendship between Amanda, Brooke and Candace is one of the highlights of this playful and saucy look at the suburban lifestyle. These women have nothing in common to begin with, but they find that calamity begets true friendship. Touching moments between the three help to build up their friendship, and the hilarious and wicked comedy each brings to the table keeps the laughter rolling.

Single in Suburbia is no Desperate Housewives. Rather, it’s a book about what happens when the desperate get smart. Add a little romance, a touch of family drama, and plenty of bawdy moments, and Wendy Wax has you hooked. This is the perfect treat for women of all ages and walks in life. Clever, ingenious and pure fun.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Sarah.

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