Book Review: Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook

Life's a Beach by Claire CookGenre: contemporary fiction, chick-lit
First Published: 2007
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 288
Rating: 3.5/5


Life’s a Beach: What it is About

From “Life’s a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who’s single at forty-one and living back home in the family FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). She’s hoping for a more fulfilling life as a sea glass artist, but instead is babysitting her sister’s kids and sharing overnights with Noah, her sexy artist boyfriend with commitment issues and a dog Ginger’s cat isn’t too crazy about.

Geri, her BlackBerry-obsessed sister, is also nearly over the deep end about her pending fiftieth birthday (and might just drag Ginger with her). Toss in a dumpster-picking father, a Kama Sutra T-shirt-wearing mother, a movie crew come to town with a very cute gaffer, an on-again-off-again glassblower boyfriend, plus a couple of Red Hat realtors, and hilarity ensues. The perfect summer read, Life’s a Beach is a warm, witty, and wise look at what it takes to move forward at any stage in life.”

Life’s a Beach: What I thought

3.5 stars (out of 5) 

This is a light read, more or less chick-lit, except the protagonist is more or less middle-aged. Ginger has been having boyfriends but has never had a more serious relationship. Her sister Geri is soon turning 50 and she has been with her child-hood sweetheart for years and they have 3 children. The sisters live quite different lives.

Ginger is living in the room above her parent’s garage and isn’t doing much with her life. She has a sort-of boyfriend, Noah, a glass blower, that no one in her family approves of.

When Geri’s son Riley is chosen to be “Boy 4” in a movie, Ginger goes with him to the movie location (Geri has a steady job and can’t take the time off), where she meets a nice man, Tim Kelly, who is rather persistently following her around. Will he be a better choice than Noah?

I was a bit ambivalent about this book. The beginning wasn’t very interesting but when Ginger and Riley get onto the movie set it becomes more exciting. It was an OK book to read. The relationship parts weren’t that great, Ginger didn’t seem particularly bothered about either men. It was strange how she didn’t know which man she preferred and she left it almost to fate.

The way the sisters deal with each other was convincing, however. I’m sure many people will recognise the sister conflicts.

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12 Responses to Book Review: Life’s a Beach by Claire Cook

  1. This seems like a rather uniterresting story, Judith. I think I will skip this.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I think it’s not for you, Nadine. It’s an OK story if you want something light on holiday, but nothing to keep you reading late at night in order to finish it fast.

  2. Cindy says:

    Not for me either 🙂

  3. jennifer says:

    Too bad. Her Must Love Dogs was a good read…

  4. Ally says:

    This is funny (as in strange) since a few years ago I decided that if I was ever to write a book, that would be its name… Life’s a beach… I can’t believe I have to find another name 🙂

  5. Col (Col Reads) says:

    I think the chick-lit-about-older-women genre needs a name of its own. Hen lit? Thanks for the review!

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