Friday, July 6, 2012

#BookReview: Wallflower in Bloom - Claire Cook

Deidre Griffin has lived in the shadow of her famous brother, Tag, forever.  In a family with four kids, at least one of them is going to be the family rockstar.  For the Griffins, it's always been Tag, the oldest of the four and the only son.  From the beginning, he's been groomed to be the star and Deidre, unfortunately, has been set up for a life time of wallflower duty.

Tag isn't just the family's rockstar, he's the latest self-help guru.  As soon as I read a description of him, I pictured Oprah's latest self-help guy, Tony Robbins. Building an empire off of using a family meal time tradition, Tag quotes chiasmuses to the masses and they eat them up, no matter how silly they sound.

A chiasmus is when the second half of an expression is balanced against the first half, but with the parts reversed.

But can the Griffin family really complain? Tag employs all of them, in some fashion, and owns the houses they live in in the family compound.  No one seems to be complaining except Deidre, who, as his personal assistant, catches the brunt of the work and Tag-isms.

When Tag embarrasses her in front of a guy who could be "the one," Deirdre has had it.  She quits, for probably the 100th time, but this time she means it.  It's time to come out of Tag's shadow and become the star she's meant to be.  And what better place to do it than Dancing with the Stars, even if Deirdre isn't a star.

Make no mistake, Wallflower in Bloom is a coming of age tale, even if the person in question is middle aged.  As much as she hates her family dynamics, Deirdre has never really known who she was without them.  Outside of college, she's only spent a year away from her family and returned to them like a homesick puppy.  Even as her family, especially Tag, doubts her ability to succeed, Deirdre forges ahead.  Her adventures in Hollywood are just as much about her physical growth as they are about her mental growth.  Anyone who has ever questioned her place in this world, or in their family, will find themself cheering for her.

Published: June 2012
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.


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