BOOK REVIEW: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Allison Botke

Wow, it’s been ages since I’d last reviewed a book on this blog! Life has been pretty busy with 2 kids in tow nowadays. Sneaking in a book to read is a real luxury these days…

My sister passed me this book when I got tired of almost every book on our bookshelves. When I read the blurb, I was immediately indignant because it’s a book about baby boomers i.e. people who are in their 40s – 50s.

Ouch, I was born in 70s thus this book hit quite a nerve as I was feeling kinda old (creaky bones!) after giving birth to my second baby ;-)

Anyway, she asked me to give a try as she said it’s quite a fun read. Yes, I agree that it’s a “light” book, definitely in the “chick-lit” category but personally, I feel that it’d only be fun for baby boomers who are CRAZY over the disco era.

Like I said, I am not a baby boomer so I couldn’t really get excited over the main character, Susan’s “obsession” with clothes and memorabilia from the disco era.

Here’s what I like about the book:

It’s an inspiring story about women helping women. Women setting up successful small businesses, which are run by mostly women. It’s about beauty, dancing and high fashion.

Here’s what I don’t like about the book:

1. Susan’s life is already perfect: She’s beautiful, she runs a fun and successful hair salon business called the “Disco Diva”, she has an amazing staff and she has an adoring husband who has truckloads of money to dote on her space-taking hobby of hoarding disco era clothes and memorabilia. It’s really hard to feel empathy for her especially when she’s even got a fairy godmother who grants (pun intended) her her dream!

2. Susan’s crazy idea of a Disco Museum is so environmentally-unfriendly. I shuddered when I read about the giant air conditioning units set up not to mention the high energy cost to cool the huge complex (ironically named “The White Elephant”) located in what seems like a desert area of Las Vegas…

3. Susan’s Christian “missionary” work in the highly superficial world of Las Vegas is too good to be true. Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of CSI Las Vegas to believe that there are actually people like her trying to do a bit of good…

4. I felt that not enough credit was given to Loretta, the lady who works at her hair salon. She kept her core business running smoothly while she pandered to her life-long dream. For all her “Christian” goodness, Susan somehow seems to value her benefactor, Lilly, her husband and her online friend, “Baby boomer Pat” (who encourages her via email) above the person who is doing a lot of grunt work while she dances around pursuing her dream.

5. Ultimately, I find that Susan is a bit of a show-off. The entire book is all about her glitzy lifestyle in New York during the disco era, her expensive clothes, her relationship with a rich tycoon and her name-dropping considering her constant chit-chat about being a good “Christian”?

Again, I have to repeat that I am NOT a baby boomer, which may be the reason why I didn’t really find this book a good read. The books  has been getting good reviews by baby boomers on Amazon. If you’re a baby boomer, you like disco dancing and you like Andy Warhol, then you should check out “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing:D

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