Title: The Cougar Club: A Novel
Author: Susan McBride
Release Date: January 26, 2010
Publisher: Avon A
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Kat, Carla, and Elise are all old high school buddies who are now in their mid-40’s. When Kat loses her job in New York City, she flees back home to St. Louis, where she reconnects with these old childhood friends. Together, they laugh, live, love, and learn what it is to be a “cougar.”
The Cougar Club is a fun women’s fiction novel about three women who experience their own versions of midlife crises. Though they are “Cougars” – older women who date younger men – this book isn’t about that, despite the title. Instead, each of these women has to come to terms with herself and her situation (whether it bea relationship or job – or both) as the three reconnect and begin to depend on one another.
All three of these women were well-written, though Kat and Carla were more well-developed than Elise (presumably because they had more going on, story-wise). Kat has to figure out what she wants out of her life – once she loses her old job in advertising, she realizes that it didn’t fulfill her. Luckily, she doesn’t have to worry about money, which really gives her the freedom to explore what she wants to do next.
Carla is a little more complicated. She is a driven, capable woman who has stepped on many toes to get to where she is now. When her position is threatened, she basically prepares for war. She’s a hard woman, but definitely not unlikeable. McBride did a great job balancing nerves of steel with an easygoing, friendly personality.
The Cougar Club is really driven by its characters, and Carla, Kat, and Elise are definitely women you want to get to know. It’s a fun, light read that is perfect for a quiet afternoon! I definitely recommend it to any fans of women’s fiction