Book Review: The Yoga Club by Cooper Lawrence

Posted January 14, 2012 by Melissa in Book Review | 2 Comments

The Yoga Club

Title:  The Yoga Club 
Author:  Cooper Lawrence
Reading level: Adult
Genre:  Chick Lit/Cozy
Size: Paperback, 324 pages
Release Date:  December 2011 
Publisher: Gallery Books 
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher for review

First Line:  “He OD’d on the first day of the tour! Can you imagine?”

Summary (from GoodReads):

Chatting it up with bendy WASPs is the last thing on Coco Guthrie’s mind during her 8:30 a.m. yoga class. Having made her fortune as the world-renowned inventor of Butt-B-Gone derriere cream, Coco still doesn’t feel like she belongs among the upper class— until she attends the swankiest Halloween soiree in Greenwich, Connecticut, where three of her fellow morning yogis shared her brilliant idea to appear as Sarah Palin. Soon it’s clear that a love of stretching isn’t all this accidental sorority—which includes a single mom with echolalia, an entertainment reporter who charms the pants off handsome stars, and a drama-prone producer with a taste for drag— have in common.

When the four mischievous Sarahs wander away from the party to sneak a peek at the mayor’s neighboring estate, they are stunned to find him adorned in leather and latex, and rolling up a woman’s body in a Persian rug. To make matters worse, someone has spotted the spying Palins. Someone who threatens to expose their torrid affairs in business and the bedroom. Now the unlikely foursome must use all their wits and wiles to get to the bottom of the kinky crime. But will their budding friendship be strong enough to protect their deepest secrets?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this highly entertaining lighthearted read.  Cooper Lawrence strikes just the right balance between chick lit and cozy mystery while having a great deal of fun.  All of the characters are larger than life versions of themselves…caricatures if you will… which I assume is Cooper’s point.  We can poke fun at them while still being able to relate to them which I found to be a great feat.  I enjoyed getting to know each one as the storyline unraveled. 

And I will warn you that the plot does unravel quite slowly.  While there is a mystery at it’s core…that is not what this story is all about.  The crime that the four “Sarahs” witness is merely the device that draws them all together and allows us insight into each of their lives and the developing relationships between them. 
That is the core of this book…the friendship building.  We all know how difficult it is as adults to find and develop lasting new friendships…and this book explores that conundrum while also having a lot of fun with stereotypes. 

I’ve seen a few negative reviews and I fear that perhaps those readers just took this book a bit too seriously.  The characters are exaggerated, they are superficial, they do take actions that make the reader want to reach through the pages and slap them…but it’s all part of the hilarity of the story.  This book contains very little mystery…and also very little yoga…but plenty of fun!

Was it worth my Time? 

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2 responses to “Book Review: The Yoga Club by Cooper Lawrence

  1. I have been wanting to read this one too. And I am glad that I read your review because I definitely would have gone in thinking it was completely serious. I can’t wait to read this one now.

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