We at BBB support all genres of writing and have more than one occasion posted reviews of books that would fall under the “chick lit” category. We appreciate the frivolity of the genre as the ultimate in escapism and these busy summer days beg for such relax and read kind of novels. Waxed, Robert Rave’s second novel, definitely falls into this category.
What made Waxed stand out among the thrones of other beach ready chick lit is it is not written by a “chick”. This is Rave’s second foray into women’s literature following last year’s Spin.
We have to admit that Rave doesn’t shy away from the nitty gritty, this second book centers on the lives of three sisters in Manhattan as they run a successful business. They’re personal lives are not nearly as successful as their waxing business.
That’s right, a waxing business. We’re not talking cars or even eyebrows, this is a successful bikini waxing business.
Now you may ask yourself, what does this man know about bikini waxes? Well, it turns out that Rave knows quite a lot about bikini waxes, sometimes too much. Some of Rave’s descriptions are surprisingly similar to stories we heard from our esthetician friend and just as graphic.
You may not recall the the TV show, Related, which had a short run in the mid 2000′s but it followed the dysfunctional lives of four sisters in Manhattan, the Sorelli sisters. Waxed is reminiscent of this WB drama. It follows the Impersario sisters from Queens as they live the New York City dream but up ante with aging socialites, handsome lawyers, old boyfriends and gay “boyfriends”.
Waxed has all drama, high fashion and sibling rivalry you could ask from in a beach read but it delivers more. We get to know Carolina, Anna and Sophia but Rave really shines in the development of the supporting characters. The character JJ Powers brings a new level of sass to the story, all while being good-hearted and generous. Tim plays the shining knight sublimely and Dennis is Machiavellian in his pursuit of Sophia.
If you have a weekend by the water planned, or want to save it until the winter doldrums set in, Waxed is worthy of a Rave.
Waxed by Robert Rave was received as a review copy by Boston Book Bums