Monday, January 3, 2011

Book Review: The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer

The Starter WifeGracie Pollock seems to have it all. Her handsome, successful husband is president of Durango Studios, they have their usual corner table at the Ivy at the Shore, and they were dubbed “The Power Couple” in L.A. Confidential magazine. They live in a multi-million dollar mansion in Brentwood and have a beautiful daughter Jaden (named after Will Smith’s child to suck up to him and Jada). Although Gracie misses her career as a children’s book writer and sometimes questions the shallowness of their lifestyle, she’s fully absorbed in her life as “Wife of.” She never sees it coming when her husband dumps her – via Cingular Wireless no less – just shy of their ten-year anniversary (“I’ve been Cruised” – as in Tom Cruise – she says) and she finds herself living the worst fear of every Mrs. in Hollywood: Gracie has become a mere Starter Wife. She’s 41 and over the hill in a town that worships youth, beauty, and status. But when Gracie turns to her best friend Joan for some much-needed divorce therapy, she’s offered the chance to escape at her friend’s luxury condo in Malibu Colony. There, Gracie gets to know an unlikely cast of characters, including a mysterious hunk who saves her from drowning, the gated community’s security guard, and her ex-husband’s boss. Through her new relationships and time on her own, Gracie realizes that she has much more to offer than just being a Starter Wife.
This book is a mst-read for any woman over the age of 30 years old. Not because we're 'old', and not because this is a 'mature' or 'deep' book. But because once we (women) are 30 years old, we truly begin to realize that wedo need our girlfriends. We do need to remember that we do not need a man to define who we are, and that if we have a child that although we are a mommy, we are also a woman with her own needs. 
This book isn't just about the glitz and glam of Hollywood, and you won't be overly jealous that some people can afford to drop $300 dollars on  childs sweater. This book has women of all walks of life realize that we all have the same problems breathing down our necks: womanizing husbands, worrying about how we will pay the bills, will we ever find 'Mr. Right' and how will we know if we find him? Who are our true friends, and does i matter if our circle of true friends consist of only 3 people? How to forgive someone who had hurt you, and how to realize you don't need to stay with someone who is toxic. 'The Starter Wife' will have you laugh, cry, cringe,and relate to a lot of what our main character Gracie goes through.
You can purchase 'The Starter Wife' by Gigi Levangie Grazer at your local book store, for your E-Reader or on


  1. Great review! The book sounds like my kind of read!

  2. Thanks! And if you'd like I can send it to you. :o)

    1. DO you have this to share or read on an ereader!? I'd love to review it aw well. It sounds great!

  3. I definitely want to check this one out!

  4. It was good. At first I couldn't get through Gigi's wordiness, and almost put the book down. But it was really good, and although I am not (and never was) married, there was sooo much I could relate to in the book and witht he main character. It was so funny, because last night I recommended this book to an older woman in a group I belong to...who seems to be going through this stuff now.