Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis by Irene Woodbury

A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis by Irene Woodbury
Released: August 16th 2011
Publisher: SynergEbooks
Edition: Ebook, 222 pages
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My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

From Amazon: "This darkly funny novel describes Wendy Sinclair’s spin-crazy life in Las Vegas after she impulsively decides to not return to Houston following a bizarre girls’ weekend in 2005. 

          The confused, unhappy 45-year-old newlywed soon rents a ramshackle apartment in a building filled with misfits; wallows in a blur of spas, malls and buffets, and, ultimately, becomes a designer of cocktail waitress uniforms and an Ann-Margret impersonator in a casino show with Elvis. 

She also hangs with some pretty colorful characters.  Paula’s her bold, brassy glamazon BFF who’s looser than a Casino Royale slot.  Maxine’s her saucy former-Tropicana-showgirl boss.  Paige and Serena are two twenty-something blackjack dealers she shops, gambles, and clubs up a storm with.  Major crushes on a hunky pilot and sexy former rock star are also part of the mix.   

And then there are the phone fights with Roger, Wendy’s workaholic husband waiting impatiently in Houston.  Their clashes are louder and more raucous than a hot craps table at Caesar’s!   Does she go back to him, or does her midlife crisis become a midlife makeover?"

Firstly I would like to thank Irene Woodbury for supplying me with an ecopy of her book, it's greatly appreciated. This does not influence my review, nor am I getting paid for it. 

The plot of A Time Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis was very interesting. Wendy flying to Vegas for a girls weekend and not coming home for a couple weeks that turned into months that turned into years! I didn't like the way that it all went down. A big web of confusion began to spin between Roger and Wendy. Roger not understanding why she would run off and not come back. Wendy not understanding Rogers not understanding of her need to take this job. Needless to say there were many fights to be had over the phone. Though neither of them wanted to fly out to see the other. 
Now the characters, Wendy is a 45 year old newlywed, surely the happiest time of her life right? No. For some reason she is very unhappy with her new life. I liked Wendy as a character, I liked her go getter attitude towards her job, but it killed me inside what she was doing to her hubby. I know that she never meant to actively hurt him, but could you imagine being married for 3 months just to have your other half fly off to Vegas and not come back? 

Roger her husband is not the same man as she was dating prior to marriage, he has change significantly. It never mattered before they were married that she couldn't cook, but as soon as they were married it was - "where is my dinner?" He is very very work orientated, his work comes before everything, even Wendy. So when Wendy decides to not to come home from Vegas because she found a job, she can't understand why Roger doesn't get her reasoning. One thing I couldn't understand, was why Roger didn't fly out to her the second that he thought something was up, or even to show that he still wanted her. I can't help thinking that he should have fought for her a bit harder, though I still don't think that she should have just flown out like that and not come back. 

Then there is Paula, I'm not really sure where to start with her. She is one of Wendy's best friends, and she is a little bit crazy. She is the reason that Wendy is in Vegas, convincing her to tag along to an old lovers wedding. From the wedding, it all just goes down hill for their girly weekend. The couple wedding is cancelled and Paula is trying to set Wendy up with another man. Why can't Paula understand that she is happily married, she constantly thinks to herself. Obviously Wendy is lying to herself at this point. 

Then there is Kent, I actually like Kent as a character. Even though he is pursuing a married woman, which turned me off slightly. But he is an easily lovable character and the one who manages to find who Wendy really is, when she is lost to everyone else. 

SPOILER ALERT! So the ending of the book, was great, I liked it. Only after finishing the book did I think to myself, what happened to Paula? I would like to know if they work out their differences or if they are still not talking. The first thing I thought however was "but-but your still married to Roger, and now your engaged?! Things are going to get very very messy for you Wendy!!"

 I liked the in depth descriptions of Vegas, having not been there myself I wouldn't have a clue! So I was thankful for that. 

Overall this was a pretty drama filled and fun read!

Happy reading!
- Amy


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