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Posted January 29, 2009
Quite possibly the best book I've read this year...
I have the tendency when I find a really good book to drop everything and just read it. Sometimes this means staying up til 2am finishing a (non school related) book. For example, when the last Harry Potter book came out, all I did for 2 days straight minus 2 hours for church was read. (It was well worth it btw). Why am I talking about reading times? Well today at 2:00pm I started reading 'SAHM I Am'. I finished it at 5:07pm. I read a 325 page book in 3 hours. Even THAT is a record for me. It shows how good a book it was. SAHMs are Stay At Home Moms. Of course I am not one, but I will prally be one in the future (check back with me in about 8 years). However, even with that I totally enjoyed this book. It is written in email format, with a group of women who are members of a email mailing list for SAHMs. The book focuses on 5 women who bond together, in a chat outside of the email list, and the moderator of the list who is dealing with issues with her younger sister. The women are real and very relatable with hilarious and heartwarming situations. My favorite character is Dulcie and the funniest part in the book for me involved a romance novel inspired love letter. I laughed and laughed at her reaction. Another thing I liked is that the 5 women are not afraid to speak their mind and they let us know that they are annoyed with Rosalyn and the way that she comes off across in her moderator posts. But the reader finds out why she acts the way she does so it's understandable, but for a while yes, this reader agreed with the 5 women. I enjoyed the sarcastic emails that would follow showing how the characters would feel after a Roslayn post. It made the books feel more real. I am really looking foward to the next book. The fact that there are no chapters in this book made it very hard to put down, as there is no stopping point. You just want to keep reading and reading. You really feel as if you are a part of the list as a lurker. However even with all the different storylines going around, you never feel lost. I hope that next time if I become a SAHM I am able to find a email group or something akin to this so I can find the same friendships and bond like these women do.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2006
A Great First Novel!
The SAHM (stay-at-home mom) brigade is often overlooked as unimportant or as having nothing to contribute to society. But the women in SAHM I Am have not allowed their minds to turn to grape jelly. They provide each other a support network via their email connections and show how vital women¿s friendships are to their well being. Having been a SAHM for twenty years, I completely identified with these women. I saw parts of myself in each character¿yes, even in Rosalyn, the obnoxious list moderator. Efken does a great job of clearly portraying each character as distinct, and their problems are realistic. I laughed aloud at some of the antics in the book. Every mother has experienced a dire, but not life-threatening emergency like having her child¿s head stuck in a kitty scratching post. Efken¿s wry humor and the book¿s unusual format (as a series of emails), reminded me of the hilarious Up the Down Staircase, published in 1965. I look forward to ¿@ Home for the Holidays,¿ the second book in the series, due out in November 2006.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2006
A Relaxing, Humorous Read
For author Meredith Efken creating real-to-life, believable characters for her novel SAHM I Am was decidedly more difficult than it is for most authors because her story is told entirely through emails. The ability to show things like facial expressions and body language ¿ not to mention other physical characteristics had to come through in letter format rather than through the visual ¿eyes¿ of another character¿s point of view. A difficult task, but Ms. Efken pulled it off AMAZINGLY well! SAHM I Am is laugh-out-loud funny in spots and poignantly touching in others. Each character¿s story is interwoven with the others in a separate yet blended way. But when one member¿s life spins out of control, can these women reach outside the boundaries of their email programs and put their friendships to an in-person, real-life test? Can stay-at-home moms who meet ¿online¿ become truly good friends? I had a chance to interview author Meredith Efken on my Spotlight page of my website. If you want to learn more about the author behind the story, I invite you to stop by. In the meantime, pick up a copy of this book. You¿ll discover the answers to my questions and are in for a real treat!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2009
Different, but to-die-for-funny!
This is one of the most hilarious and unique stories I've ever read. It brings to life characters who never actually meet, but only know each other through their e-mail loop for Stay-At-Home-Moms. I loved the concept, but honestly at first I wondered if this type of story would work for me. It didn't take long for me to be swept into the drama of these women's lives. The humor was to-die-for-funny and the problems each woman experienced was so real, and sooo honest. I think I got the biggest kick out of the loop moderator who used her issues with her sister to launch her self-righteous-sounding topics-of-the-week. And that Dulcie was tooooo cute. I highly recommend this story for all women, even if you aren't a stay-at-home-mom. I'm not. I work full-time. But I could relate to the e-mail relationships. I have many friends that I've never met in person, but I feel like I really know. This story is guaranteed to touch your heart. I found myself getting choked up more than once, so it's not just a humorous story, but full of deep emotion as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2006
I really enjoyed this book alot. I read it from cover to cover (after the kids were in bed, of course). I checked it out from the library, but I am buying it because I know I will read it again and again - for the laughs and for the moments when the characters said something I have said or felt many times. This is a book that connects with the reader, regardless of age, location, etc. This book was so in tune with my feelings, joys and frustrations as a full time SAHM that I could have written it myself!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2006
An instant classic!
You may not like green eggs and ham, but there¿s plenty to savor in SAHM I Am by Meredith Efkin. The book recounts the witty repartee between the members of a fictional Stay-At-Home-Mothers online discussion group. The style is fresh and inventive and the writing is a laugh a minute. You don¿t have to be a SAHM yourself to enjoy this awesome novel. It has across-the-board appeal. The friends in this chat group swap stories, offer advice and support each other through the good, the bad, the just plain frustrating, and the sort of daily misadventures that only happen when kids are in the picture. The back and forth email threads are a blast to follow. It¿s fun to get to know and relate to these characters as they share their lives with each other in the loop. This is the kind of book you could easily read straight through from cover to cover¿ or it would be, if you didn¿t keep getting interrupted by the kids. In my opinion, I¿d call SAHM I Am an instant classic. It¿s definitely both a winner and a keeper.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
A compelling work
The SAHM I AM email loop consists of several stay at home mothers (Rosalyn, Dulcie, Zelia, Jocelyn, Brenna, and Phyllis) sharing gossip, desires, and woes with one another. Self righteous and perfect Rosalyn moderates the discussions that focus on success, art, health, motherhoods, indiscretions, and amends. Because Rosalyn behaves like everyone is beneath her, a secret secondary loop the Green Eggs and Ham has formed, which mostly complains about Rosalyn¿ holier than thou behavior................... Rosalyn panics because her sister Veronica wants to join the SAHM I AM group. She does not want Ronnie as a member because her sibling knows the truth that Roz¿s life is far from perfect or close to living the pious life of the Proverbs as she implies she does........................ SAHM I AM is a more a series of interactive vignettes rather than a prime plotted novel, but fans of contemporary tales with a web connection will appreciate this fine look at motherhood in the modern era. The tale emphasizes the many to many relationships that IT has provided without any of the participants having to come face to face. The characters seem genuine and though an ensemble cast has differing personalities making for a fun read........... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.