Eileen D. (Delpita) reviewed Do They Wear High Heels In Heaven? (Red Dress Ink) on
Helpful Score: 6
I suppose it's considered to be Chick Lit, but it's defnately not your typical Chick Lit "fluff". It's a very moving story! Keep the tissues handy, because you'll NEED them! What a wonderful book! I could not put this book down, it was THAT good! I think I cried more reading this book, than I did when I read "My Sister's Keeper".
Insightful? Yes. Character uses her sense of humor to hide her fear of dying? Yes. Character is worried about what will happen to her child when she dies? Yes. Terrific relationship with male best friend? Yes. Ms. Orloff takes on a difficult subject matter and delivers an emotional and thought provoking read. But, I hate the way she writes. Too many sentences with only three, four or five words, one right after the other. The pace was too choppy and I felt like I was reading a book written for young adults. Ultimately, an uneven read for me.
Oh my what a book!!!! If you need a good cry I suggest reading this. I could not put it down!! I became very attached to the characters and thought about them for days afterwards. I highly recommend this book to anyone!!
I don't often read "chick lit" romances, just because most of them remind me of an episode of Sex and the City--and I'm not a fan of the show. I am so, so happy that I picked up Erica Orloff's DO THEY WEAR HIGH HEELS IN HEAVEN? though, because this story transcends typical "chick lit" books.
Lily has just turned the big 4-0. With two children, the teen-aged Tara and seven-year-old Noah, an ex-husband endearingly called The Spawn of Satan who has a child-bride in London, and a gay best friend, Michael, Lily lives a full life. She's also a columnist for the local newspaper, and even though her dog is now wearing a t-shirt that says "My Bi**h is 40", she has a very fulfilling life.
Her editor at the paper, Joe, wants her to get a mammogram done for Breast Cancer Awareness month. [...].
Except good humor isn't going to get her through this one. There's a spot on her breast that the doctors are worried about, and rightfully so. Lily has cancer, the bad kind that has already spread to her lymph nodes, and life is about to get a whole lot more complicated.
DO THEY WEAR HIGH HEELS IN HEAVEN? is, to put it simply, amazing. Filled with laughter, tears (have a box of Kleenex handy!), and the ups and downs of daily life, Erica Orloff has captured everything there is to love, friendship, and tragedy.
One of my favorite chapters in the book is the part where Lily comes up with questions for God, besides the high heels in heaven one. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there cancer, not to mention snakes and cockroaches? Why is a good man hard to find? Is Satan real? Does God really have a problem with gay people? Do dogs go to heaven? Most importantly, why does Lily have to die before she's old?
This book is a winner. The love between Lily and Michael, and that between Lily and her children, is perfectly told. You won't go wrong with this book, and the tears you'll shed while reading it are well worth it.
Read it, read it, read it!!!!! It was a beautiful, at times funny, story about family, friendship and love, but mostly about love. Keep the tissues close by. This is a book that I will highly recommend to anyone that will listen.