Title: Been There Married That
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Gigi Levangie
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Feb. 2020
Sexy Rating: 0
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon:
In a world where therapist look like the Real Housewives of Equinox, where friends dispense Xanax like Pez, and where a woman’s status is directly linked to the how few carbs she eats…can one Hollywood wife take back her life?
Agnes Murphy Nash is in big trouble. When she returns home one evening only to find the locks changed on the gates of their mansion, the security guard breaks the news: her famous producer husband has filed for divorce. And he’s not going to play fair. Trevor Nash wants custody of their tween daughter, Pep, but only for the sake of appearances. And Agnes can’t let him win. With the help of her ex-con sister, a Hollywood psychic, a ballsy female lawyer, and a host of friends and “frenemies,” Agnes realizes that when he changes the locks, she needs to change the rules. But a crisis can lead to opportunity, and for Agnes, this gigantic betrayal brings her to a crossroads that will have her asking herself what she really wants out of life, who she really wants to be, and which man she really loves.
I read this book cover to cover thinking that “it must be me”. I must not be reading correctly or I wouldn’t always be so confused. Then it occurred to me that it was this book that was giving me grief. It was supposed to be humorous but it was try-too-hard humor, which means it was not funny. Often one scene would morph into the next scene with no discernible break between the two.
The heroine, Agnes, was often her own worst enemy, going off to rehab for a day for no reason. Allowing strange construction workers into her mansion when she had no idea what they were doing (spoiler: they were up to no good). Allowing prospective mansion-buyers to live in her house for a weekend and steal her piano and Tiffany clock. There was much more ridiculous stuff.
Trevor, the self indulgent, narcissistic husband, was so unlikable as to be irritating. How did she live with this man for 12 years?
Side characters like her ex-con sister, Fin, and the three Latino nannies were just filler, although often more interesting than the protagonists.
No, I can’t recommend this book, if I did I would be insulting your intelligence.