Three women newly rooming together discover the meaning of living in a fishbowl after a small fire leads to a big repair bill and a big realization about insurance, bonding, and friendship.
Jodine is an anal control freak, Emma is a uninhibited free spirit and Allie is teetering the delicate line between being a teenage and an adult. The three unlikely girls become roommates but not friends...not necessarily. The bond a bit after an accidental kitchen fire causes $10,000 worth of damage that they need to repair themselves or suffer the wrath of Carl the absent landlord.
After the kitchen fire- the story becomes a little predictable but none the less entertaining as they struggle to make money to pay for the repairs. In the process one roommate falls for the other roommate's crush, one roommate acts out a fantasy with a bartender and ruins a relationship she didn't know she had, one roommate finds real love. But will their relationship as friends survive? That you will have to read to find out.
I think my biggest problem with this book was the author's inability to give each of these women a distinct voice. Allie, at some times (such as when she's observing Manny and Jodine cuddling on the couch) sounds a lot like Emma. In turn, Emma often sounds like Jodine (and, as an aside, I know of no women who wear a size "0" yet have natural D cup breasts - that was a bit ridiculous). I didn't understand why, in her own voice, Allie came off as capable, if somewhat naive, yet in the chapters described by the others, she comes off as some complete moron. If Allie has "done everything but", why is she so freaked out about being a virgin? It's not as though she's never had a man pay attention to her, so why the sweet innocent never-been-touched routine?
Further, I felt that the author went to extremes with some of the character's actions. When Emma moves in, she promptly declares that she "has to s***" and then promptly removes herself to the main bathroom (when she is fully aware that she has her own bathroom) and leaves the door open? Come on - who actually acts like that? It just seemed so out of character for someone who is portrayed as ultimately feminine and sexy to do something so crass, just as the scene with Jodine snuggling with Manny on the couch with Allie in the room was inconsistent with her character.
All in all, a cute bath time read, but not one I would go around recommending. I believe the author could do better.