Thanks to Parent Reviewers, I was given the chance to read and give my personal opinions of the book Perfectly Crazy written by Mitzi Penzes. Other than the book itself, I received no other compensation and these are my opinions, in my own words.
When I first began reading the Perfectly Crazy, I was drawn in by the fact that the main character, Nell, was a strong, beautiful and independent woman. The very first sentence of the book says, “Nell was a looker, and she knew it, too.” Besides being beautiful, she was happily married to a very successful surgeon, the mother of 2 children and a successful business owner. And yet, with all of her success she was drawn to another man, someone she had met in college and been friends with ever since.
From there, the story becomes somewhat predictable, she falls in love with her male friend, but is determined to remain faithful to her husband. Then, almost too conveniently, her husband is diagnosed with a fatal illness. He doesn’t even tell Nell about it, instead, he flies his private plane into the ground and kills himself. Gee, that frees Nell to move on with her new man David, she only had to wait a few weeks for the insurance adjusters to decide her husband’s death had been an accident. Personally, I found this all to be a bit over done and made Nell’s life way too easy.
As soon as the insurance paid off, Nell basically moves in with her new beau leaving her high school aged daughter basically living on her own. Hmmm, something else that didn’t sit well with me. Oh, did I mention that her daughter & step-son, along with all their friends were so happy that she’d found the love of her life just weeks after her husband’s death? Really? No body questions them? Oh, by the way, her lover David had also been married and his wife was expecting a baby when he informed her he was leaving her. WOW! That spells loser to me! But then again, maybe they deserve each other.
Well, it’s just a fictional novel and, while I wouldn’t recommend it for serious reading, it’s a good book to take to the beach!