Friday, April 9, 2010

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride

Book Details
The Cougar Club by Susan McBride
Paperback, 336 pages
2010, Avon A
ISBN: 0061771260

They are middle-aged, hear them roar. And so they do, this trio of 40-something careerists and lifelong BFFs—Kat, an out-of-work and out-of-love New York advertising exec; Carla, a St. Louis anchorwoman who's protecting her turf from an invading bimbo; and Elise, a successful dermatologist wife and mom who's undone by her empty nest and empty sex life. Kat's abrupt job loss sends her running home to St. Louis, which triggers a reunion of the three friends and prompts their rediscovery of each other and the awakening of their inner cougars. In the process, the gals rifle through a slew of good-looking young hunks in the search for love and meaningful employment.

Reading The Cougar Club was a sad and joyful and even a bit scary experience. The women in The Cougar Club were not anything like how cougars are usually portrayed. Three friends are reunited just as their worlds threaten to crumble. The book shows the importance of having real friends you can count on to be there for you in good times and bad.

Getting older as a woman can be terrifying. The toll aging takes on women in their business and romantic lives is the main focus of The Cougar Club. It's dealt with beautifully here with a lighthearted humor that makes the book comforting and reassuring.

None of the women were out to randomly score with young guys in the predator-like way the name cougar suggests. Women feel bad about themselves when men abandon them for newer, shinier models both personally and professionally and that was the message here. The younger men were mostly in the background. The Cougar Club is a humorous and hopeful novel about truly finding yourself after 40.


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  1. This is not my kind of book, but maybe I'll give it a try! Thank you for this review!

  2. SAD,JOYFUL AND SCARY?This looks interesting..

  3. I've wanted to read this one, but haven't picked it up yet.

  4. I saw this one floating around the other day and all I can say is that I want this book!!!!! It sounds very interesting!
    Thanks for showcasing it!
    Have a great weekend!

  5. I kind of want to read this - even though I'm only 27, I kind of feel like I might relate, in some weird, off way. Thanks for the review!

  6. I agree with Giada - I would have passed on this for the title but your review makes me think maybe.... :)

    Good review!

  7. I've been waffeling on wether I should or should not read this book....I'm off to see if I can get it on my nook!