[read online] Crimes Against a Book ClubAuthor Kathy Cooperman – Albawater.co

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing than to have a baby But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eightyhour workweek is no walk in the park Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvardgrad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapyDesperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and ohsoillegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the groundHilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another

10 thoughts on “Crimes Against a Book Club

  1. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    When her son Oscar is diagnosed with Autism and requires thousands of dollars in therapy, Annie is at a loss for what to do to pay for it. Then when out shopping with her best friend Sarah she gets brilliant idea, selling beauty products to high end customers. Sarah is gorgeous and until recently was a high power lawyer and Annie know's that Sarah will easily be able to get credit with the rich women at a book club she went to last week. On her part Sarah could also use the money for her expensive IVF treatment also considering she quit her job recently in a moment of anger. The two decide to go ahead and try the scheme out, but Annie who had been planning to make the cream felt guilty for charging so much money without giving her customers anything and decided to spike the cream with cocaine, hoping it might also keep the customers coming back. Soon things get out of hand as Annie runs out of drugs to use and a women who hasn't been able to buy the cream sets out to get revenge on them for snubbing her.

    The book was amusing and a good light read, though I had to roll my eyes a few times. I know it's not supposed to be a serious read but it still got on my nerves that Annie was being so annoying about the cocaine. You would think a Harvard graduate chemist would be able to think of legal stimulants to put in her cream if she really felt so bad about cheating her customers. Or she could've simply just not put anything in it because again they were scamming people. The ending was also too neat and like yay everyone's happy forever I guess but it seemed so convenient and cheesy that everyone got away with it and suddenly they're famous and get money and wow life is awesome. I did like reading about the women in the book clubs problems but it kind of ruined it for me that everything was so hunky dory in the end and they all fixed their love lives and who cares that this women lied to them for money lets just stay friends. Also this is really bothering me but can you even absorb cocaine through your skin?

  2. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    I got this as the Kindle Single this month from Amazon. I have to say, I am shocked at how much I enjoyed this book. Maybe because the book at the top of each chapter goes into a book club read and gives you someone's perspective on it. Or I just loved the fact that some of the lines in this book were so freaking hilarious that I laughed out loud. I was actually sad to see the book end. I do have to say the ending was a bit out there, and not believable in the least bit, but I liked it. I think that some things could be tightened up a bit though (sense of time and it would have been nice to get a better sense of some of the male characters in this one).

    The book starts off with two best friends (Annie and Sarah) both coming to a financial hurdle in their lives. Anne is a stay at home mom to three kids. When her son Oscar is diagnosed with autism and she is told how much it's going to cost her family to deal with one year of treatment for Oscar ($80,000) she is justifiably worried that there is no way for her family to deal with this cost on top of their mortgage and other bills.

    Sarah is dealing with IVF treatments. She and her husband Michael are trying to have kids. However, due to Sarah's high pressured job (she's a lawyer trying to make partner) there's a worry she's too stressed out to get pregnant. When she finally quits her job (in a hilarious freaking scene) she realizes that she doesn't have the cash to keep paying for the treatments.

    Enter the plan. Annie has gone to a book club and realized that these 1 percenters would pay thousands ($2,000) for a facial cream that makes women look younger. Due to Annie being a chemist, she puts together several different types of facial creams and mixes in a secret ingredient (no spoilers) and then uses the fact that Sarah looks a decade younger than her age to push the facial cream first to their book club friends and others.

    Can I say though that out of the gate I had real sympathy for some of the book club crew. We delve into each women a little bit here and there along with Annie and Sarah. You get to see in some cases grossly unhappy women who are doing what they can to keep their husbands interested. In other women's cases, they are doing what they can to start all over again after being traded in for a younger model.

    I did enjoy Sarah more than Annie. I felt out of like with Annie once we find out about her secret ingredient. Her reasoning behind it was total crap. And I hated that Annie sat around being judgmental about the other women and even Sarah to a certain degree. The two friends do have a falling out, but I was glad that Sarah let Annie have it. She needed it.

    I honestly thought that the book worked very well together. I do have to say that the flow was a bit off here and there though. And as I said the ending was not believable at all, but I enjoyed it. I do think that the timeline situation should have been tightened up though. At one point I was reading and someone goes that so and so was 7 months pregnant and I went, wait a minute, they met when she announced she was pregnant, does that mean it's been like 4 months? I just needed the timeline spelled out a bit better.

  3. Michelle Michelle says:

    Its been a while since I read a book that made me laugh out loud, this book is hilarious, I loved so much about this.

    I loved that at the beginning of each chapter there are notes on various books, most of which I've read, that just made me tear up with laughter.

    I loved Chloe, now this woman is a doll!

    I loved how the bookclub never discussed the book of the month and used the monthly meetings as a excuse for wine, gossip and to put each other down.

    A light read that ticks all the boxes for chick lit trash which I'm personally a big fan of. Perfect sunbed reading.

  4. Sarah Joint Sarah Joint says:

    Laugh out loud funny. Take this one to the beach, if you're not concerned over strangers staring because you're giggling to yourself as you read. Mostly light and quirky. Utterly ridiculous but completely charming. I needed a light, witty read and that's exactly what I got from Kathy Cooperman.

    It all started with the book club. Annie is invited by a friend to attend a meeting in an affluent area she lives near but not in. At first eager to read and discuss literature with other women, she quickly realizes that's not going to happen. The book club seems to be more of an excuse to drink wine and gossip. Though she's disappointed, it all leads to a crazy idea...

    Sarah is a stunningly beautiful and successful lawyer. To some, she may seem like she has everything... but what she wants is a child. She and her husband have been trying for ages and are undergoing fertility treatments, but much to her frustration it doesn't seem to want to take.

    Though very different, these two women have had a loyal and loving friendship that has stood the test of time. They're immensely devoted to each other. When Annie learns that one of her three children has autism and requires incredibly expensive treatment and therapy, she doesn't know where to turn. She hatches a money making scheme: selling extremely overpriced face cream to the ladies in the book club and others like them. Her background in chemistry helps, but she really wants the cream to have some kind of effect to keep the ladies buying. Crazily, she settles on adding something very illegal to the mix... and business starts booming.

    I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

  5. Ameetha Widdershins Ameetha Widdershins says:

    Light, quick read.
    Introduced me to some novels in the book-related chapter prologues.

    The book club connection is very slim.
    The ties made to books before each chapter was a little feeble and felt more like a gimmick to bring in the link to the title or like name-dropping. It didn't really add to the story and didn't work well as a device.

    I would read other works by this author.

  6. Gina Gina says:

    Meh. As expected, the book continued to be dumb with rather insipid characters although the premise had a lot of potential. Kim was probably my favorite. I connected somewhat with Annie and Sarah in the beginning but I wasn't thrilled with the ending or epilogue. It felt rushed and too predictable, not enough tension. Avoid the audio, it was WAY overdramatic and I think it took away some of my enjoyment of the story.

  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    If you enjoy witty books about female friendships, then you'll enjoy this one. As I read it, my husband kept asking, What are you laughing at? The two main characters, Annie and Sarah, are in need of money and trick these rich book club members into buying a face cream with a secret ingredient. The story is mostly set in La Jolla, a wealthy town near San Diego. As a New Englander, I enjoyed reading descriptions of this alien world where women own Hermes bags and plastic surgery is common place. However, the best thing about the book was the friendship between Annie and Sarah. They are strong, intelligent female characters and I routed for them from the very beginning. I highly recommend this book. I just wish Cooperman had more books published, so I could binge read.

  8. Carlin Carlin says:

    Kindle First book for April, 2017

    I'm having a hard time getting into this book partly because I'm not crazy about any of the characters or the premise. Stopped reading 5/16/17 at 59%. I'll get back to it at some point.

  9. Paula Phillips Paula Phillips says:

    Moving to a new place in California, Annie is invited to attend a book club with the rich people of the neighborhood. Here she meets Dawn and the other rich wives around town. During her time in her new town, she learns that her son Oscar has autism and she needs $84,000 to pay for his therapy. When she is out with her friend Sarah, she watches a woman spend thousands of dollars on a face cream. As Annie has a chemistry background, she comes up with an idea to create her face cream. Sarah has been spending thousands on IVF and fertility treatments as well as working long hours as a lawyer. When she decides to quit her job on a whim, she realizes she no longer has the funds to pay for treatments. With her friend Annie creating the products, Sarah with her beauty and background in public speaking she becomes the face of the product. As the product starts to become popular, They'll be rolling in money in no time. The only problem? The secret ingredient is ... illegal.
    You know what happens next. Everyone wants Etinav, and the cream is a huge success. But as it grows in popularity, eventually, someone finds out that the secret ingredient is ... cocaine.
    What will happen though when out of spite someone tests the cream and they find out the secret ingredient?
    Fans of the TV show Breaking Bad will enjoy Crimes Against a Book Club as I found it was a cross between Breaking Bad meets the Book World.

  10. Matt Erwin Matt Erwin says:

    A little fluff ball of a book. And a lot of fun.