Book Review – California Girls by Susan Mallery

*Disclaimer – I received a copy of this eBook for free from NetGalley in  exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

From The Publisher :

The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters

who get dumped in the same week…

Finola, a popular LA morning-show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by the news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

My Own Review :

I wanted to DNF this book at first, to be perfectly honest. There were some parallels to my own life that were uncomfortable, but I am glad that I pushed through. I loved these characters. The dynamics between the sisters felt very real, and relatable.

The best part for me was how each of the three girls came into their own as the book progressed. In any relationship there is always going to be a give and a take. They each realized this in their own way. No relationship can survive completely one sided, and this book teaches that message in an easy to understand way.

Finola realized how self absorbed she was, Ali realized how invisible she made herself, and Zennie realized that although she didn’t need a man, having one wasn’t the worst thing in the world.

Personal growth is the whole point of life, isn’t it? If we aren’t growing, and ever changing…what’s the point? For me this book represented that 100%. Most of us aren’t the same person we were years, or even months ago. But it’s the journey to discovering our true selves that makes this whole life thing worth it. Having someone to share that life with is just icing on the cake.

I would recommend this book to others, I really enjoyed reading it. (I stayed up very late into the night to finish reading it in one sitting.)

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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