Good fun, as are all of Goldsmith's novels. Nice commentary on the myth of "younger is better."
I'm not familiar with the rest of Goldsmith's work, but I found this book to be a quick, fun read. And, it's set in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, which should appeal to anyone familiar with that area. I will check out her other work for times when I'm not in the mood for one of my more thought-provoking reads. I would definitely recommend this book.
I ejoyed the movie, The First Wives Club, so I thought I would like this book by the same author, and I wasn't wrong. It was a hoot! Want to read a funny, easy to read story? Pick up this book and enjoy yourself!
Sylvie Schiffer had it all - a gorgeous home, two perfect children, a successful husband, just no passion, no romance. She shortly found out why - Marla Molensky. Marla Molensky, the "other woman", the woman who could have been Sylvie, but a ten year younger Sylvie!
Sylvie and Marla plan a switcheroo on Bob/Bobby. Cute, slightly unbelievable book about women scorned. Good, fast read.
HARDCOVER. "The First Wives Club" (1992) proved how well Goldsmith could get into the psyche of the scorned wife. Here, she makes even the mistress a sympathetic character. Sylvie has the makings of a perfect life--marriage to a successful, loving man; well-adjusted children; beautiful house in the suburbs. But just when she's ready to reclaim the romance in her marriage now that her kids are in college, she realizes that Bob has a girlfriend on the side--Marla, a younger version of Sylvie. When she's finally ready to confont Bob, she is inspired to confront Marla instead, and, after meeting the ditzy blond, she discovers that each of them is seeking what the other has: Sylvie longs for romance and spontaneity, Marla for a stable family life. Sylvie convinces Marla to swap identities for two weeks to see what it's like in the other's shoes. After a retreat to alter their appearances, the charade begins. Goldsmith has a knack for telling a funny story, and she is at her best here. If readers can get beyond the operalike disguise premise, they are in for a buoyant ride through a crazy tale of love and family, betrayal and revenge. A movie version is already in the works. Stock up. Mary Frances Wilkens --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A fun read! I laughed out loud several times.
Very entertaining book about marriage!
I both hated and liked this book. I liked the plot to the story, and the writing was solid. It had plenty of funny moments and when the wife convinces the mistress to join in her plan to switch identities I cheered her on. I just didn't like Bob the husband at all, even at the end after they had 'taught him a lesson' and he was a supposedly better person that learned from his mistakes..... I still really thought he was a moron and just didn't like him! I guess I just couldn't understand what Sylvie (wife) or Marla (mistress) ever saw in him in the first place.
Not very believable but I still like her stuff.It is a good book to lose yourself in for an afternoon or on the beach.
Absolutley loved it! A great book by a wonderful writer.
It was okay but not as good as First Wives Club
Park your logic at the door and just go with the flow on this very funny story of a wife and mistress who swap places. The wife's (and her mother's) plotted vengeance on the wandering husband are giggle-icious (is that a word?) and the dim-bulb mistress's malaprops are "the aphid test" of your sense of the ridiculous. Great fun.
Fascinating story and very well-written. This author is a very talented writer. Two people switch places and actually get away with it!
Loved this book! Hilarious!
great and easy read. keeps your interest from beginning to end.
the book itself is hilarious as the author has done a well written job on the plot and how a wife decides to see how it is living life as the mistress and to get revenge on the husband at the same time showing him that the grass is not always greener on the other side. For I couldn't put it down and laughed my but off about the car and the pool. LOL.
I liked this book, two women find they are being cheated on by the same man, and decide to rack revenge on him, funny.
At forty, Sylvie Schiffer has everything: a gorgeous house, two perfect children, a successful husband with a lucrative business. Everything but what she wants most: passion and romance. With the twins off to college, Sylvie thinks her marriage is about to bloom, until she discovers that her husband, Bob, is already seeding the gardenwith a woman named Marla! When Sylvie confronts Marla, she gets the shockand inspirationof her life. Except for ten years and fifteen pounds, she and Marla could be twins. But all is not bliss even for Marla. Though she has the best of loveromantic presents, hot sex, candlelit dinnersshe lacks the one thing she wants most: a husband of her own. Going beyond revenge, Sylvie hatches a brilliant, hilarious, and daringly outrageous scheme that just might fulfill both their wildest dreamsor leave them with nothing but two broken hearts.
Pretty comical book about a set of identical twins who wishes they had what the other has. One has been married forever with children, the other lives the footloose and fancy free life. So, like the book title says, they switch places.
sometimes the only difference between a wife and a mistress is the ring
I love funny books, and "Switcheroo" certainly had some laugh-out-loud lines and memorable moments, which was helpful in off-setting the altogether heart-breaking story of a marriage crumbling amidst a mid-life crisis.
As a wife myself, I could certainly sympathize with Sylvie Schiffer's plight, but I was really surprised to find how much pity I could dredge up for the young mistress Marla. The author, with humor and intricacy, has woven a tale of two women, who could be sisters, if not twins, and their adventure with the same man.
This book is so subtly humorous and so enjoyable, I could not put it down, and I highly recommend it for when you're looking for something different and a light read.
Good quick read! Fun concept. Lots of laughs
Entertaining story. Sort of like "Parent Swap", but with a definate grown-up twist.
Really liked the majority of this story. Humor throughout the telling of a story of infidelity and revenge. Laugh out loud funny.