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I'm 22 years old and can be found hanging out somewhere in Kansas City, Missouri. (Though, truth be told, you are more likely to find me on my bed in my small studio apartment.) I've been writing for as long as I can remember, and reading for even longer than that.
on June 14, 2012 :
Since you can read the attached synopsis, I won't delve into the story too much. I have to say that this isn't my usual genre, but I really liked the book. It had a great balance of humor and severity that allowed it to come across as very realistic. I especially enjoyed the main character Marti. She maintains integrity, humor, and strength even as her world is being flipped around. All in all this is promising work from a great new writer and any fan of chick-lit should check this book out stat!
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
Marti's hormones are out of control. She is having mood swings and has all the symptoms of pregnancy but has negative pregnancy tests.
I have never been pregnant and have been through Menopause. I loved the way the symptoms were described. I must say it is the perfect story to read when you are not feeling well as laughing made me feel better!
(review of free book)
on Feb. 07, 2012 :
In this lighthearted novel, Marti MacCale is being led astray by her out of control hormones. Marti loves her job tending bar, her husband, Spencer, and at twenty five is enjoying life. When she begins to feel nauseous, tired and moody, pregnancy tests prove negative and her doctor diagnoses her as going through a second puberty. With her hormones raging, Marti finds her life turned upside down, craving pans of lasagna, octopi pancakes and flirting dangerously with a cute college grad.
With plenty of humor this contemporary story unfolds in Marti's distinctive first person voice. Gier has created a likeable protagonist, Marti is young, bright and fun. As her hormones start to go haywire it's easy to empathise with her symptoms - not unlike bad PMS or early pregnancy. Anyone who has experienced either, will relate to Marti's weird food cravings, inexplicable exhaustion and even her appreciation of Erik's flirtation. With her mood in constant flux, Erik is a temptation and despite her best intentions, Marti isn't sure she can resist.
Her best friend, Crystal isn't much help, commitment is an anathema to her, though she is good for a laugh. She is a fun character and has her own small subplot. Luckily Spencer is completely in love with his wife and remarkably patient with Marti's foibles. He is a good guy and he definitely garners sympathy as he comes under sustained attack from Marti's odd behaviour.
The plot of Stuck in Estrogen's Funhouse is uncomplicated, making for a quick and easy read. There are a few errors in the text and some of the sentence structure makes for awkward reading but a little professional polish could easily overcome those issues. I really like Gier's first person writing voice which is distinctive and appealing.
Funny and entertaining, Stuck in Estrogen's Funhouse is sure to provide a giggle or two.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Nov. 21, 2011 :
Most women have all had that instance where hormones go haywire, the brain does not align with logic, and there's a craving for more than the bourbon. Marti MacHale's inadvertent rumba dance with an estrogen spike is well-written, funny, and relatable on all levels.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)
on Sep. 18, 2011 :
I felt Marti’s frustration and stress it’s quite hard when your period’s all messed up and you don’t know what’s happening inside your body! I really do admire her loving relationship with Spencer her husband and bestest friend though there are a bit of troubled waters,bumpy roads that’s normal in a relationship in the end they came through it all. I like how this book tackles women related issues within and outside the relationship which is very relatable and into reality that everyone could learn from.It’s fun and a quick read I enjoyed it especially the cheesy scenes and the part where Marti pleaded in her very cute and adorable manner to Spencer in order to cook a dish that I've never heard of so funny!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 18, 2011 :
Marti and Spencer are a happily married couple. Marti is a whiz of a bartendar at the local bar, Flash Point. She mixes up drinks with exotic names quicker than you can turn a page in a book.
Lately, Marti just hasn’t felt herself and being off the pill she thinks she might be pregnant but all the tests she takes turn up negative. What in the world is causing her naseousness and vomiting? Marti visits her doctor who also concludes that she is not pregnant so sets out to perform some hormone testing.
Meanwhile, Justine, Marti’s boss at work has hired a new employee, Erik, and wants Marti to train him. Soon Marti is having ‘feelings’ for Erik and visualizing all sorts of scenarios with Erik that’ll make you blush. But she’s a married woman, how can she feel like this? Of course, Erik is encouraging their flirtatious relationship and soon the two of them are dancing together at the bar. More and more Marti is thinking about Erik, even when she’s not at work.
During a pool party at friend, Crystal’s house, Spencer notices that there is something between Erik and Marti and he confronts her when they return home. With Marti unable to give Spencer a quick and adamant “no, we’re not having an affair”, Spencer leaves the apartment.
What is Marti going to do? How will she explain Erik to Spencer and is she pregnant or not? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!
This was a beautiful, cute, and well-written novella and I look forward to reading more of Shayna Gier’s work.
****Preview copy courtesy of the author, with thanks!****
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)