Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Everything is Just Fine

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  In this brilliant, laugh-out-loud satire, image-conscious parents on a Beverly Hills junior soccer team struggle to keep up appearances as their private lives careen out of control.

"You'll wince, laugh out loud, relate to, and relish this unsparing satirical send up."---Wednesday Martin, New York Times bestselling author

Coach Randy is working mightily to keep it together, and not simply with his vaguely unhappy wife, distant child, and a new boss who's eliminating half the sales force. This season's soccer parents are a demanding bunch. Diane's wine-fueled group e-mails are almost unintelligible; team mom Jacqui's enthusiasm for the league verges on manic; a divorced couple can barely conceal their murderous rage at each other; and another mom is laser-focused on schooling everyone on what constitutes a healthy snack option.

All the secrets and lies bubbling below the surface of their membrane-thin civility threaten to combust when Alejandro, a young, foreign assistant coach refuses to play by the Beverly Hills code, which is to mind your own business and don't look too deeply into anyone's soul. Especially your own.

Brett Paesel brings hilarity and huge heart to a world that looks enviable and shiny on the outside but is, in truth, filled with aching for connection on the inside. In the vein of Perotta and Semple, everyday life in Paesel's deft rendering is anything but.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: My family is one of those crazy sports family. Now that my kids are all in high school, they have narrowed down their sports to two each and most of them also have a club season.  I wouldn't know what to do with my weekends if I couldn't attend a game, match or event.  My husband has coached for many, many years and continues to do so even though our kids are too old to play on his team.  Given all that, I absolutely loved Everything Is Just Fine.  Coach Randy is the best.  I couldn't get enough of his emails.  The "reply all" emails were hilarious.  Every single parent and kid, I could identify with someone on my kids teams, which made it even more funny.

The main plot of the story kept me wanting to read more and find out what happened to Randy, the kids and the other parents.  I was a little disappointed in Randy's wife, since I can't imagine being married to someone and not having a clue about your finances, etc.  Or maybe I would just love to know what this is like!!  I had to keep reminding myself that the story took place in Beverly Hills.  

Oh, how can I forget, the assistant coach, who assisted with more than just coaching.  Watch out moms.  This is were the book got steamy and really good!  Who knew juggling soccer mom's was a sport? 

I have to say... Coach Randy, your emails will be missed.  They are just too funny.  I couldn't get enough of Everything Is Just Fine.  It is on sale today!  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I would love to read her book Mommies Who Drink.

Brett Paesel is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "Mommies Who Drink: Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom (Warner Books, 2006). Her work has been published in numerous collections and national publications including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Salon.com. In Hollywood, she has been a consulting producer on Amazon's television series, "Transparent" and "I Love Dick". She has developed and written shows for HBO, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, WB, Lifetime and Nick at Nite. As an actor, she was a cast member of "Transparent" and HBO's, "Mr. Show with Bob and David". She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and two sons.

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