Who Got Liz Gardnerby Elizabeth Allen
WHO GOT LIZ GARDNER, by Elizabeth Allen, is a coming-of-age novel about the (mis)adventures of a dysfunctional, self-centered but essentially good-hearted aspiring actress growing up during the hedonistic 80s and 90s. A first-person narrative, the story is mostly set in New York City and later Los Angeles, as Liz pursues her twin goals of finding A) a career in acting, and B) a decent man (The One). Both of these goals prove elusive, though not from any lack of trying on Liz's part.
The daughter of a five-time drama queen divorcee and a thoroughly despicable wealthy philandering shrink, Liz starts out with more psychological baggage than most people collect in a lifetime. It's no surprise that she soon seeks out male companionship to fill her emotional void, or that the assorted men she beds invariably prove to be disposable ciphers. But instead of caving in and becoming a basket case, Liz summons up her inner moxie and sets out on her quest to find a good life and someone with whom to share it.
Who Got Liz Gardner is a complete meal with flavors, textures and ingredients reminiscent of "50 Shades of Grey", and "Sex and the City" combined with a dash of "Fear of Flying". Readers who enjoy feasts of this caliber will want to indulge in this extraordinary repast and encourage others to take a taste! However, be warned - while some like it hot, this meal hits the top of the Scoville scale. Muy caliente!
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Meet the Author
Liz is a Florida girl - born and raised in the Sunshine State. Her career path has spanned from physical to fiscal to literary starting in nutrition, then riding the roller coaster we call the stock market as a financial advisor and ultimately penning her first book at age 49. Before meeting her husband and marrying in 1992 Liz lived in New York City and Los Angeles. In 1995 she had a child but fear and impatience with unpredictable earthquakes in California motivated her to move back to Florida in 1999 - just in time for that y2k scare...
Liz' debut novel "Who Got Liz Gardner" was published in April 2009 as the result of an international contest and is now enjoying tremendous popularity in book clubs around the world. Recently, some critics have called her novel "the intelligent and better-written 'Fifty Shades of Grey'". She was also reviewed and highly recommended by USA Today in April 2012. The sequel to WGLG - Discovering Arugula - was released January 2011. She recently released her third novel "Ima Pigg" a young adult/scifi tale which has been described as "Charlotte's Web" meets "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".
Liz has been a contributing writer for several women's magazines as well as a popular speaker for women's groups.
Liz lives with her husband, daughter and Catahoula Leopard dog. Her unrealized dream is to ride horseback across the fields of Provence for one week. In the meantime, she rides dressage once a week and goes to Epcot. She will not ride Mission Space. She does, however,practice her high school French when she orders crepes.
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I just spent the weekend reading this book and getting to know Liz and wow it has been a journey. I appreciate the raw honesty that she displayed with revealing her life. I finished this book over the weekend... drinking wine, laughing out loud, shed a few tears and at the end of the weekend I feel like I gained a new friend. I was already in the midst of evaluating my own life and male suitors and so thankful for this book in reaffirming my decision to not settle and stay hopeful for true love. I know he is out there and thank you Liz for an amazing weekend together!
Reviewed by Marian K for Readers Favorite "Who Got Liz Gardner" by Elizabeth Allen is about a young woman growing up in the 70's and as she matures into a woman through the 80's and 90's. She desperately tries not to follow in her mother's footsteps (married 5 times and still looking for a new husband) or those of her father (a psychiatrist and full-time philanderer). The story follows Liz as she deals with her parents' divorce, goes off to college, and pursues her acting career in New York and beyond. Liz likes men, good food, and well, great sex; we get to sample all of these and more in the book. What woman doesn't want a friend who not only has the backbone to say whatever she wants but also does whatever she wants? Liz Gardner is that friend, and she tries to live every day of her life without regret. The frank language and sexual descriptions in the book lend itself nicely to how real people speak and act. Looking for a little juicy Hollywood gossip? Interested in who Liz was with last night? Liz won't hold back with anyone, including her mother. If you are looking for an easy read that is scandalous and steamy, pick up "Who Got Liz Gardner" and spend a little time with Liz.
I can't remember the last book that made me laugh and cry more than this. I was hoping for something what was more chick-lit-ish, but was pleasantly and extremely surprised with the depth and scope of this wrtier's story. While she holds nothing back in terms of gutter language and graphic detail, it's clear that her protag uses her wit and sexuality like sword and shield. Also brace yourself, "Liz" is an equal opportunity offender - everyone gets slammed! But in a good way... if that's possible. We read this book in my club and it generated the most lively discussion we have ever had. EVER! I recommend this book to every woman on the planet and her daughters - provided they are at least 18.
Upon picking up my copy of "Liz", I thought it was going to be a long and tedious read for chick-lit. Once I began, I could not stop. Instant addiction! I can't wait to read more of what this fresh and exciting author composes. She breathes life into a unique, powerful, and completely raw character.