Monday, April 6, 2009

Book Inspection: The Devil in the Junior League by Linda Francis Lee

Plot Sketch:
*Disclaimer: I did not finish this book!*
Frede is married to Gordon Ware, a lawyer. She's part of the upper crust of Willow Creek society and very active in the Junior League. She has a total NC (no class) neighbor who tore down the whole mansion next door and built an atrocity. Gordon and Frede have been trying to get pregnant for six years. Count them six. One morning she thinks she feels nauseous and is sure that she's finally pregnant. She leaves her JLWC meeting early and guess who she finds at her house? Her husbands mistress who has been sleeping on her 950-thread-count sheets. And, she finds out that her husband got a vasectomy ten years ago and never told her. She kicks him out and then he steals all of her money.

No Love. None from me. I can't do snob. I mean, I can do privilege, but not snob. In fact, I rather enjoy Gossip Girl and Privileged, but I just couldn't stop wincing long enough to get through all of the NC crap. NC=no class, which is what this book has if you ask me. I only got to chapter eight, but I did give it my requisite 50 pages. I do not recommend this to anyone unless you're a Junior Leaguer yourself and you think like Mrs. Ware does in the book.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Willow Creek, Texas

What is the main character's name?
Fredericka Mercedes Hildebrand Ware, or "Frede" pronounced Freddy.

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
I think the reason that I didn't like the book is because I didn't feel sorry for her. I didn't like her either. She got herself into her predicament by being utterly retarded, so no, I don't like Frede. And there's no doubt she'd think I was NC too.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
I took 2.5 days to get through the 74 pages I did get throgh. I didn't like the prose or the flow of the writing.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Constantly. I can't even list them all. I was appalled by the attitude in which the book was written.

Is this a good read for Monster?

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Add a little whipped cream?

Does the author have a website?
I don't care enough to look. Now, that's bad, right?


Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition
Publish Date: August 22, 2006
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312354959
ISBN-13: 978-0312354954

Acquire It: Don't bother.
If you really want it that bad, I'll send you my copy, seriously.

Have questions you'd like to see added to The Gauntlet? Email me.


Sadako said...

Aw, sorry this sucks; it sounds interesting but I guess they can't all be, right?

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Darn - sounds like it could have been juicy and fun!

I Heart Monster said...

Hey - you guys might like it! I just really don't deal well with snob and snob explained ;o)