Skylar, Dawn and Chloe are three women disillusioned with their lives in Los Angeles. They’ve been fed the great LA spiel that you can have it all - great husband, beautiful children, gorgeous house and a fabulous career. Unfortunately approaching forty has brought it home to them that they don’t have any of this.
The reader follows the escapades of these ladies as they attempt to sort out their lives and follow the American dream. For Chloe this means making it as an actress, for Dawn, it’s deciding whether or not to freeze some embryos and Skylar needs a job and a place to live.
All three women have failed to achieve anything in their lives, but seemed determined to blame anyone or anything other than themselves for this fact. I really didn’t like the way they wanted to be ‘rescued’ by men from their problems and debts. All they seemed willing to give in return for this magnamity was their bodies, and they appeared to think that any man should be grateful for this. I couldn’t help but liken them all, but Skylar in particular, to prostitutes. Having said all that, some of their dating adventures were very funny and certainly unexpected!
The friendship between the heroines didn’t quite ring true for me. In fact they really didn’t seem to like one another at all and I couldn’t work out why they were friends at all other than that they were all single. The characters were not at all easy to relate to, and could be very unpleasant, childish and self-centred. Dawn was the most likeable of the three and had some redeeming qualities; I enjoyed reading about her once she started getting her life together.
‘Blow Me’ certainly has an extremely attention grabbing and memorable title, which obviously makes it stand out from the crowd. The storyline, protagonists and relationships were all very superficial which put me off slightly. However, the ladies certainly got up to plenty of amusing mischief and the tale was a very honest portrayal of at least part of the modern dating world, nothing was sugar-coated. The writing flowed well and the book was very readable and rather entertaining, even if I did want to throttle the main characters most of the time. I can imagine ‘Blow Me’ gaining quite the cult following given the chance.
2 and a half stars