Dolls Behaving Badly #2020

Dolls Behaving Badly By Cinthia Ritchie Dolls Behaving Badly Carla Richards is a lot of things She s a waitress at Anchorage s premier dining establishment Mexico in an Igloo an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income a divorc e who can t quite
  • Title: Dolls Behaving Badly
  • Author: Cinthia Ritchie
  • ISBN: 9780446568135
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dolls Behaving Badly By Cinthia Ritchie Carla Richards is a lot of things She s a waitress at Anchorage s premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income a divorc e who can t quite detach from her ex husband and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight year old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter turned resident teenager.She s one ovCarla Richards is a lot of things She s a waitress at Anchorage s premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income a divorc e who can t quite detach from her ex husband and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight year old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter turned resident teenager.She s one overdue bill away from completely losing control when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality Now she s scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and making appointments with a credit counselor.Still, getting her life and dreams back on track is difficult Is perfection really within reach Or will she wind up with something even better
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    1. Cinthia Ritchie

      Alaska writer and author of Dolls Behaving Badly, releasing Feb 5 from Hachette Book Group lover of good books and hot baths or, better yet, reading good books while lounging in a hot bath Secret wish To hike up a mountain while holding Emily Dickinson s hand.

    875 thoughts on “Dolls Behaving Badly”

    1. Woody Allen has said,The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don t have Carla Richards, who is in her late 30s, is one such woman, who had to learn this fact of happiness from a giant woman who was the guest in Oprah s talk show and by following the giant s advice to maintain a diary Well wonder who Carla is Carla is the main protagonist in Cinthia Ritchie s novel,Dolls Behaving Badly The name is quirky and has a really interesting meaning to it n [...]


    2. Impossible not to get caught up in this single mother s world as she faces mounting debt, endless care taking of an eccentric bunch of friends and family, and the promise of new love There is so much depth to these characters, you ll feel you know them, and all of them evolve and adapt as the story goes on Throw in hilarious chapter ending letters from the various businesses Carla owes money to and the mouth watering recipes of a deceased but not absent Polish grandmother, and you have a book th [...]


    3. They don t write too many novels about the class of characters in Dolls Behaving Badly blue collar, paycheck to paycheck, up to here in credit card debt, lives either out of control or on the brink thereof I don t know why Maybe people who write novels don t come from that milieu There s Updike s Rabbit, but that s a northeast brahmin blue collar pretender thing and to my mind counts not at all Janet Evanovich comes to mind, maybe Sara Paretsky All that aside, meet Carla Richards.She has a middl [...]


    4. Ritchie has written a uniquely structured novel that uses a diary format, employing first person narration, letters, and recipes The structure adds considerable depth to what would otherwise be an ordinary story of a single mom trying desperately to support herself and her young son in an economically depressed small Alaskan town Much of the novel reminded me of the TV show, Northern Exposure, except there is no outsider to pass judgment on the quirky, eccentric characters Instead, the reader im [...]


    5. Being a divorc e mom is not easy, trying to be an artist is not easy, lets be honest being a woman is not easy but it can be extremely fun Dolls Behaving Badly is the perfect tale for women of all ages A story that proves the way to happiness is not a straight line In fact it is a journey full of twists and turns and usually is quite turbulent.Carla is a thirtyish woman, waitress and artist by night, mother of an incredible boy, living in Alaska A free spirit when she was younger, she is now set [...]


    6. This story was instantly close to my heart I didn t want to like it, because of it s name, but as soon as I started reading it, my desire to distance myself from it immediately melted and gave way to endearment.I felt like I had a direct bloodline to the characters in the book right from the get go when Carla s grandmother my favorite character in the story offers her intermittent advice, I felt like I was getting to know my own grandmother I loved how the remedy for most of life s unsolvable pr [...]


    7. I can t decide on a three or four star rating for this book about a woman finding herself through journal writing, but this book made me laugh, cry, and think so I opted for the four Parts of it are a bit unrealistic, but the characters are rich One of my favorite quotes from the book is Happiness is like trying to catch the fog You can walk and walk and never realize you ve reached it until you look back.


    8. 5 Reasons I Gave this Book a 5 Star Review One Best CoverOf the 57 books I read in 2013, this was my 1 most favorite book cover If it wasn t my most favorite, it was definitely in the top three.Loved the consistent use of the doll s flesh tones as a background color, loved the control of light and soft edges Loved the lowercase letters and rounded font used for the title Loved the choice of pink and blue against the flesh tones to pop the text and make reference through color to the feminine and [...]


    9. This book is the best thing since Bridget Jones s Diary.Here s why it s even better 1 It s set in Alaska2 Includes naughty dolls3 Recipes for baked goods4 Is hilariously and heartbreakingly true to life5 Stephanie the babysitter Dolls Behaving Badly is a story so brutally honest and personal that its diary style format couldn t be fitting.What amazed me most was how much I could relate to the main character, Carla Richards, which is funny considering I m not divorced, in debt, a single mother, [...]


    10. I was contacted by the author, Cinthia Ritchie, and was given a copy of Dolls Behaving Badly in exchange for a review.This is the most fun that I ve had reading a book in quite a while Ritchie s characters jump off the page, and the main character and narrator , Carla, felt like a friend at the end of the book I adore the concept of a character keeping a journal as a reader, I felt privy to so much information about Carla as the novel progressed Journal entries are also a great way to track cha [...]


    11. I decided to buy Dolls Behaving Badly because it s set in Anchorage, Alaska and is written by an Alaskan I m sure glad I did Irreverent, funny, thought provoking, and hard to put down I ll never look at Barbie Dolls the same again Having read several books recently because they were written by Alaskans, I m glad I ve decided to do my part in supporting Alaskan authors, including Cinthia I haven t been disappointed yet.I wrote a bit about Dolls Behaving Badly on my blog at this post Reading Alas [...]


    12. I have read many books about Alaska, but this is the first one that made me laugh continuously By its last page, I thought I must have gained at least 10 pounds during the two days it took me to read it In addition to all the characters mentioned by previous reviewers, the ghost of Carla s Polish grandmother leaves recipes for sugar covered pastries at the end of each chapter Will there be a sequel


    13. This genre busting debut grabs on and won t let go, with truth and heart and compassion than you get in a lot of fiction these days The characters will have you laughing and gasping and begging for Make sure you have a chunk of time blocked out, because once you start reading you won t want to stop Looking forward to great reads from Cinthia Ritchie


    14. I am an Alaskan former Anchorageite I lived a block away form Carla or could have I can tell you that I ve been to all of these places I was also married to ADNM editor, an elementary spelling bee finalist, lived in a trailer and I have complex friends relationsHow could I help but not enjoy this book I was very touched by the story and feel that I have known all the charcters.


    15. I ve been on a bit of a run with easy airplane reads not that there s anything wrong with that , and was expecting this to be of the same What a pleasant surprise Very real characters with real problems and a lot of laughs.




    16. I loved this Perfect book for reading in the new year Woman having hard time, starts a journal, finds love and new friends, wins Added plus takes place in Alaska I ll write later.


    17. It took me a bit to get into this book that I would describe as ChickLit Plus It s simultaneously ordinary and something a cut above, mainly because the characters are off beat in a pleasant way they re quirky but they have solidity and they care for each other The main character s artistic frustration and realization adds some chewiness, the Alaskan setting is different, and it s well written I silenced the literature snob within and enjoyed it quite a lot However, I have to say the cover art i [...]


    18. 2017 Reading Challenge Debut novelI loved the quirkiness of the characters and their lives The descriptions of art and art creation are perfect.


    19. Dolls Behaving Badly is a charming novel about a single mom in Alaska who makes dolls with lifelike genitalia What do you need to know Cinthia Ritchie, who also lives in Alaska, has written a funny book that touches the heart That s not so easy to do, since what passes for comedy these days tends toward juvenile Judd Apatow y shtick, a mode that Ritchie skillfully avoids Instead, her protagonist, Carla sometimes Carlita, sometimes Carly Richards who, now that I think of it, also shares Ritchie [...]


    20. Yesterday, I was so worried about money I stayed home from work and tried to drown myself in the bathtub I sank my head under the water and held my breath, but my face popped up in less than a minute I tried a second time, but by then my heart wasn t really in it, so I got out, brushed the dog hair off the sofa, and plopped down to watch Oprah eARC, 1% With that morbidly hilarious scene within the first few pages of Dolls Behaving Badly, I knew I was in for a treat Set in Anchorage, Alaska, Doll [...]


    21. When I started reading Cinthia Ritchie s novel Dolls Behaving Badly I immediately thought, Oh, my son s fianc e will love this book Then I thought, Mom will want to read this book It starts off like fun chick lit A single mom of a genius 8 year old son needs to figure out how to pay her bills on her waitress salary and find love and happiness from a trailer in Alaska.Luckily for me, before I sent a link to them, the dolls entered the book Just in time, I stayed my hand I know the phrase doesn t [...]


    22. Dolls Behaving Badly is Cinthia Ritchie s cheeky debut novel From the suggestive title through to the last page, the book runs the gamut of a single mom s struggles and triumphs Each and every one of the characters is fun, quirky and slightly damaged endearing them to the reader To say I was sucked into the story is an understatement From the first few pages I knew this was going to be a winner.Set in Alaska we meet Carla Richards, a struggling single mother and artist with dreams of making it b [...]


    23. Firstly I d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review Pretty much everything about this book intrigued me the cover, the title and the blurb so I was looking forward to reading it.Written in a diary style, I felt like Carla was talking to me personally as she described her life in a very blunt and honest way Her honesty was something I really liked because it made the book feel real, it also made me feel closer to the character as I could relate to par [...]


    24. Carla Richards is a single mother who lives together with her son, sister and her babysitter in a trailer park in Anchorage, Alaska She is struggling through life until she finds hope and inspiration in a blog post written by the Opera Giant Will Carla finally be able to fulfill her dreams and find her well deserved happiness When I first came across this book I was completely intrigued by the title I didn t know what to think about it but after reading a couple of pages it all becomes clear.The [...]


    25. I was a bit hesitant about Dolls Behaving Badly when I first looked at it Based on the summary, it seemed like one of those books that I would either love or end up hating But I decided to give it a shot, largely because I just couldn t shake the curiosity I felt about it.Now that I ve finished it, I can gladly tell you that the novel falls into the books I loved category.Dolls Behaving Badly isn t going to be a book that everyone enjoys Erotica and sex are fairly big elements in the novel, and [...]


    26. Told mostly through diary entries, this is an epistolary novel interspersed with recipes and letters and emails from creditors and clients which are very funny, and I suspect meant to be embellished Carla starts out seeming very much alone, a single mother struggling to pay the bills Her ex husband is around, but not fulfilling his role as partner Instead, three other women round out this unconventional family.A new love interest also emerges, and I appreciate that very little of the story conce [...]


    27. This book started out incredibly strong but ultimately disappointed me I initially loved the narrator main character Single mom, in debt, living in a trailer, working as a waitress She was real and her situation felt real But then the storyline started to go off into 20 different directions, and characters started acting unrealistically especially Laurel, the sister The starting ending of chapters with recipes AND the Oprah giant was gimmick y and too much, and the kid who we are supposed to thi [...]


    28. Carly decides to keep a diary at the suggestion of an Oprah Giant She s confused about her life and trying to get things back on track Carly is an artist, a waitress and a doll maker The last two help pay the bills While dealing with her own problems, Carly is also everyone else s go to woman If they need advice, a shoulder or help, she s there If it seems confusing to you, imagine what Carly s going through A fantastic look at the life of a divorced mother of one The issues, the daily stuff she [...]


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