Book Review: Bathing & the Single Girl by: Christine Elise McCarthy

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Multum in Parvo

Publication Date: January 23, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: The life of an actress in LA isn’t all glamour, money, and bedding rock stars. Sometimes it’s more about humiliation, red wine hangovers, and the bad decisions they fuel. Ruby Fitzgerald has barely worked in years, not that anyone remembers her for anything but her short stint on a long-canceled but iconic TV show. But that was back when her career prospects seemed on the upswing -- longer ago than Ruby cares to admit -- and awkward sex with regrettable partners is doing nothing to take the edge off. Everything once functional in her house is going on strike, but the unemployment checks barely cover the mortgage, and a self-respecting girl needs to be able to pay her bar tab -- so repairs are on hold. One more bubble bath and a few more cocktails. A gal can always get responsible tomorrow. 

With everything mounting against her, a cranky and increasingly despairing Ruby will have to find out if her life’s larger indignities are the result of bad luck, or a chronically bad attitude. What follows is a walking tour of the hilarious depths you can sink to if you stop exercising your best judgment. 

Review: BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL stars Ruby, a down-on-her-luck actress with bad taste in men and a non-existent bank account. Somehow she manages to make things work…for a while. As Ruby searches for Mr. Right and the next role, she does a bit of soul searching. BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL is irreverently hilarious and poignant. As Ruby goes to audition after audition, dates Mr. Wrong after Mr. Wrong, and her house is breaking down around her she still thinks the next big thing is around the corner. Until so much goes wrong she can’t help by stare the truth in the face. Even though she’s a strong woman, loyal friend, and very intelligent, Ruby does her best to stick her head in the sand. Witnessing Ruby’s bad (yet outrageously funny) decisions and her journey to reclaim success, you’ll laugh, cry, and cringe right along with her. I definitely laughed out loud (which got me strange looks) and felt for Ruby as she went through all her trials and tribulations. BATHING & THE SINGLE GIRL packs a powerful punch and many laughs.

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