Book Review

REVIEW of Grannie Panties are UnderRated by Gayle Erickson

Chick Lit/ Women’s Fiction 
*(contains language)*
Date Published: June 6, 2017
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Elle Martin has it all.
Handsome and successful husband. Check.
Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check.
Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.
But there is more to Elle’s story.
Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s façade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years.
What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?
Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.
Praise for Grannie Panties Are Under Rated
“…a highly entertaining and thought provoking book!”
“Gayle Erickson is brilliantly gifted in telling this engaging, sometimes disturbing, yet compulsively addicting story of a woman in crisis due to the bonds of the guilt-filled lens of her past”
“It is visually rich and culturally expansive,”
“You will fall in love with each of these honest, imperfect characters and identify with their struggles, demons, and challenges. Exposing the raw truths we often try to mask…”
“Loved this book, could not put it down”
“A great retrospective of how we come to be who we are and where we are, often without intention or a road map. Like “Grannie’s” characters, we all find moments of clarity or awareness, which give rise to change. All this and an accompanying playlist! A song for every chapter…what brilliant context!
Spotify Playlist by Author to compliment the Novel:

My Thoughts

I’ll be honest with you, at first I could not get into this book.  I was not a big fan of Elle’s character when I started reading – I couldn’t quite put my finger on why, but something about her was off – almost like she was two different people.  However, the more I read of the book, the more I realized that this author was telling a story that is relatable to most individuals out there.  Elle grows up with a vision of who she wants to be, but by the time she gets to be that person she realizes she isn’t happy with that life.  Gayle Erickson brought us a character who represents what most women deal with at some point in their lives.  The book was a great read, and it holds the readers attention from start to finish.
The book goes back & forth between present day when Elle is a wife & mother of two to the 90’s when Elle was fresh out of college, young & enjoying life in Tokyo Japan.  We see two very different sides to the same character.  There is quite a bit of drug & alcohol use in Elle’s former days in Tokyo, so if you aren’t into that you might not enjoy the book as much.  I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone so I won’t mention anything else from the storyline; but I will say that the author did a great job with this book.  The pacing of the book is great & the length isn’t too overwhelming – especially considering once you start the book you won’t want to put it down.

About the Author

Gayle Erickson is a Colorado native and graduate of The Colorado College. She lived in Tokyo, Japan and taught English for several years after graduation. Upon her return to the United States she worked in the non-profit sector. Gayle currently lives in suburban Denver with her husband, twin teen-age children, and two dogs. Grannie Panties Are Underrated is her debut novel.
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