September 28, 2012

book review: in need of therapy

Tracie Banister continues to be one of my favorite new authors with her latest offering, In Need of Therapy.

About the Book
Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.

When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.
In Need of Therapy is a laugh out loud story about a fun and somewhat unconventional leading lady. She is sassy and independent, and I loved her from the get go.

Pilar's profession alone sets her apart from others in the chick lit genre. She is a therapist, and that role offers plenty of humor and good natured eye rolling. By including us in her mental analysis or her patients, It was easy to feel an instant connection with Pilar. It was like she was sharing a juicy secret with  us every time she secretly thought about how ridiculous some of her patients are. I always figured shrinks thought that way.

The supporting cast, from her meddling mother to leech of a little sister, offered additional humor, which kept me entertained. Throw in some juicy (in a good and bad way -- I'm looking at you, Victor) men, and you have a great ensemble to keep the story moving. And it moved fast.

And when you all read the book can we talk about Ford? Swoon. This is the second male lead named Ford that I have read and adored. There must be something to that name.

The book is witty and charming, just like the author's tweets. While we're on that note, follow Tracie on Twitter. She offers excellent commentary on books, Hollywood and more. Now that Dancing With the Stars is in progress, she's become my go-to source for recaps in 140 characters or less.

Banister continues to show her growth as an author. While carrying the humor and charm that was present in Blame it on the Fame, this is a fresh story, from the plot to the writing format. Her books make me proud to call her one of my online writer friends. Keep up the great work, Tracie.

Rating: 5 of 5

About the Author
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.) Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed Blame it on the Fame, was released in January 2012. And she's following that up with the fun summer read, In Need of Therapy.

Tracie blogs about books and other fun stuff at

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, great blog and A WONDERFUL AUTHOR! xox cindy