Picks and Pans Review: Mine Are Spectacular!

UPDATED 07/11/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/11/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

By Lynn Schnurnberger and Janice Kaplan
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Sara Turner is a single mother and elementary school teacher engaged to a dreamy businessman, Bradford, who lives in an elite gated community north of Manhattan. Her best friends are a Hollywood agent turned full-time mom—an overachiever who Scotchgarded her Chanel suits while her twins were still in utero—and a Park Avenue dermatologist who sees the occasional patient between trysts with her married—and filthy rich—boyfriend. Early on, Sara's life becomes as complicated as her pals': Both her ex and Bradford's try to sabotage the engagement. And the relationship is further jeopardized by Sara's friend Berni landing her a gig on Afternoon Delight, a cooking show with a flirtatious soap stud as her cohost. Mine Are Spectacular! tells the hilarious story of how Sara and her friends maneuver malicious stepdaughters, find creative alternatives to liposuction and attend sex-toy parties without losing their dignity or sense of humor.

In the follow-up to their breakout book The Botox Diaries, authors Kaplan and Schnurnberger have crafted a novel that's so delicious readers might feel compelled to diet after devouring it. Their combination of whip-smart dialogue, spot-on metaphors and the occasional steamy bedroom scene creates a hilarious hit that gives chick lit just the kick to keep it from going stale. As Sara's girlfriend Berni might remark, Mine Are Spectacular! is better than a box of bonbons while breast-feeding.

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