Review: Wallflower in Bloom
As the third of four children, Dee has always felt invisible – she’s not the oldest or the youngest, the best or the brightest – she’s just there. Things aren’t any better now that she’s an adult, and working for her famous brother, Tag, just seems to make it worse. When Dancing with the Stars announces they’re going to let the public vote for a last minute replacement, Dee uses her brother’s social media accounts to get herself voted on the show. At first she panics but then she realizes it could be just what she needs in order to blossom,
So maybe it made sense to go for the biggest life you could handle, the one that had the highest highs to balance the lowest lows. Jump on. Buckle up. And when it was over, at least you’d be able to say, “Oh, well, that was fun.”
Readers never really know Dee’s age, but I felt she was younger than I am – that didn’t mean I couldn’t relate to her feelings of self doubt. Sadly, I think most women can. I thought Cook got those feelings and the family dynamics just right. An inadvertent comment from Tag when they were kids hurt Dee deeply and she’s never learned to get past it. When she finally brings it up to him, he reminds her of similar things she’d said to him. It’s a simple thing, really, but it made me think.
Of course, I enjoyed the Dancing with the Stars aspect as well, since it’s one of the few shows I watch on television. I loved the determination and strength the competition gave Dee. Obviously, most of us would never have an opportunity like that, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something else for ourselves.
Cook approaches Dee’s story with a sense of humor and and I chuckled fairly often as I read Wallflower in Bloom. It’s a quick, light read, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed.