Review: Girls’ Night Out by Glynis Astie

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

Jayne, Amanda and Holly have been through everything together. From triumph and heartache to panic and pure bliss, these girls have lived, learned and always had each other’s backs. With the arrival of adulthood, their daily gossip gatherings have dwindled to monthly margarita mixers, making girls’ night out absolutely integral to their survival. Problems with work, men and anything else under the sun now have to be broken down in a few inebriated hours.

Jayne is determined to become a respected news anchor or die trying. After enduring grueling schedules, humiliating assignments like the Great Herring Shortage of 2018 and her snobby mother’s continued insistence that life as a socialite is a much better option for a woman of her “age and abilities,” she is this close to reaching her goal. If only she weren’t so distracted by her insufferable new boss’ smoldering eyes…

Amanda thinks she has it all. She earns the big bucks, has an amazing fiancé and an attitude that just won’t quit. But when an unexpected event throws her life off course, she feels shaken to the red soles of her designer stilettos. Will her battle to regain her former equilibrium be too much for the girls and Countess Cherry Bomb, Amanda’s drag queen bestie, to handle?

Holly is lost. She’s tried every career from animal taming to human resources, but nothing seems to fit. After her latest round of bad decisions, she returns to her small hometown in Connecticut to try to figure out what to do next. If she could just stop pining over the boy next door—and keep her pushy friends out of her love life—she would have a real chance of getting her act together.

With a new year ahead of them, these girls are determined to conquer the world. Will they rise to the occasion or crumble in defeat? One thing’s for sure, their girls’ nights are going to be full of surprises!

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My Thoughts:

Glynis Astie’s Girls’ Night Out is sweet, chatty chick-lit. Over the period of a year, the lives and friendship of the three main characters are explored.  This seemingly frothy story also presents an interesting look at the dynamics of female relationships.

Jayne, Amanda and Holly have been lifelong friends. Although they’re no longer living in the same city, they get together every month.  It is during these monthly “girls’ night out” that the women’s stories unfold.  Girls’ Night Out is told by each of the main characters as they chattily update their friends.  I felt like I was part of the group–sans the cocktail.  The layout definitely added a sense of fun and frivolity to the story!

The three women’s long-term friendship has stood the test of time. They are almost sisterly in how they treat one another.  At times it is supportive and other times the back talk and editorializing seemed negative and harsh.  Overall, they are devoted to their friendship, and they have the best of intentions when it comes to their little group they’ve dubbed “The Cookies”.

The humor and angst come from career woes and romantic involvements—or lack there of.  Amanda, the know-it-all, is in love but has a big secret.  Jayne is desperate for career advancement and willing to do almostanything to get it.  Holly is the lost little lamb of the group.  The girls think she is in need of shepherding due to her inability to commit to anything.  I loved the support Jayne and Amanda showed, but I found their occasional mocking and patronizing commentary unpleasant.  The secondary characters include a demanding mother, a sweet supportive mother, a drag queen, and, of course, some alluring young men.

Girls’ Night Out is a fun and funny look at a tight circle of friends whose crazy community will have you in stitches!

 

 

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