Review

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter

by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

What is it about authors from Philadelphia? They crack me up!

"Scottoline and Serritella reflect on all they have experienced and observed as daughters, mothers, wives and girlfriends with familiar humor and sarcasm that had me laughing from page one until the very end."

Maybe it is the shared sense that the common, the mundane, should be embraced and laughed at? A recognition that our upbringings and who we eventually evolve into are, well, funny, plain and simple? Scottoline and Serritella reflect on all they have experienced and observed as daughters, mothers, wives and girlfriends with familiar humor and sarcasm that had me laughing from page one until the very end (page 275, if you are curious).

Mother and daughter opine on everything from cat adoption to mouse house guests, from celibacy to hooking up with exes, from letting go to pulling back. They take the obvious and give it a twist that only an east coast resident can write (and get), in my opinion. Okay, I will say it. They elicit cackles. They catch me by surprise with their quick wit, their funny turns of phrase. And I cackle. Out loud.

Here are several gems:

Scottoline and Serritella are, as you’ve read, queens of the punchy one-liners. But they also spend a fair amount of time reflecting on how much they genuinely care for each other, Mother Mary, and their furry family members. It makes sense that Scottoline, whose Mother Mary never met a microphone she didn’t like, has a voice that she wants heard, and that Serritella is following in her footsteps.

Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara on January 5, 2012

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter
by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250013860
  • ISBN-13: 9781250013866