November 15, 2008

Review: Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead by Saralee Rosenberg

I'm sure there are a few people out there that have had experiences with a neighbor who makes you want to put a note in their mailbox that says, "Dear neighbor, drop dead." This is exactly what Mindy Sherman did to her horribly mean neighbor Beth Diamond.

Mindy is an average overweight wife and mom of three who juggles work, carpooling the kids and the stress of just barely managing not to drown in debt while ducking and dodging mean comments from Beth. Beth and her husband seemingly have it all; new cars, a huge immaculate house and two perfect kids. But all is not as it seems... Beth's marriage is about to fall apart at the seams and she has no real friends to turn to. Suddenly she's apologizing for treating Mindy bad in the past and looking for a shoulder to cry on.

Meanwhile Mindy's own family drama is escalating and they've just learned that Mindy's stepson is coming for a visit which eventually turns into a permanent stay. With everything flipping upside down around her, Mindy channels Oprah and Dr. Phil to help make everything right again.

Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead is a funny madcap look into the life of a soccer-mom. Just when you think things might be looking up for Mindy, Beth and their families another bad thing happens and you can't help but laugh. I enjoyed reading this book but the ending was just too "storybook" for me to rate it higher. It’s a quick two/three day read that I do recommend reading if you have the chance.


Anonymous said...

This book sounds hilarious. Thankfully, we've never had a neighbor like that.

photoquest said...

I've had this book on my wish list since i seen it was coming out. I think when people are selling their homes they should have to put a sign that says beware of neighbor! It seems where ever we've moved we've ended up beside a crazy neighbor LoL! Thanks for the review, it sounds hilarious.

Ladytink_534 said...

Well that's a strong title lol! I've never had to live next door to rude people before (unless you count the idiots that used to live in the apartment above me) thank goodness!