Book Review: A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis by Irene Woodbury

A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis
Irene Woodbury
SynergEbooks, August 2011

My review policy: I am not a professional reviewer; I don’t get paid to review books.

This book came to me via a gifted Kindle download, but accepting the book in no way obligated me to give a good review. I try to be fair in all of my reviews and reveal up front how I review.

Using the Amazon five star rating as a guide, I lop off a point of a star for each typo, misspelling, and grammatical error I encounter. Five points gone, one star lost. This star can be regained by a fascinating plot, memorable characters, stellar writing, and, in the end, the story leaves me wanting more from the author. All that said, here is my review of A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis. (THREE STARS)

First off, we usually expect Chick Lit (which this book is touted as) to introduce us to a character who, through her trials and tribulations, takes us on a fun and interesting trip with her, culminating in a satisfying end result. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t do that, mainly because of the protagonist, Wendy.

Wendy seems to have it all. Although currently unemployed, she has major credentials in fashion retail, she just married the man of her dreams (her first marriage, by the way, at forty-five), and a new colonial mansion in Houston she has carte blanche to renovate. But Wendy, who is possibly the most self-centered, unlikable character I’ve encountered in many a book, isn’t happy. And rather than, say, get a new job, put up with her husband’s (whom she professes to be mad about) bosses’ society wives (how dare them accept her into their social circles and try to include her in all of their activities?) she runs off to Vegas. And stays.

I won’t give away too much more of the plot, but if you want a tour guide of restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, and have a big fat wallet to blow on them, this a good book for you.

Reviewed by guest reviewer Jinx Schwartz, November 2011.