It’s a well-known fact around SBE headquarters that I am a sucker for scrapbooking novels. What could be better than something that combines two of my favorite hobbies (reading and scrapping)? So I was thrilled when we received a copy of Kathy Cano-Murillo’s debut novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter.
The story follows three women as they form an unlikely craft group to make the centerpieces for the Craft Olympics. Star, a recent college grad, has been living with her parents while she figures out what to do with her life, and this is her last chance to figure it out before her parents cut her off. Ofie, a craft-obsessed wife and mother, is struggling to balance her hobby with the needs of her family. And Chloe, a local television personality known as “Crafty” Chloe, is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the secret that she isn’t so crafty and to get ahead in her career.
The women find themselves in situations that straddle the line between reality and fantasy. For example, some of the situations, such as Star accidentally ordering 350 pounds of German Glass Glitter, are humorous and believable—we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve missed a decimal point, or know someone who has. But other situations, such as the crochet rumble in the craft store parking lot, seem much less likely to happen in real life. As long as I kept reminding myself that this book wasn’t meant to be real, it was simply an escape from everyday life I could usually accept the situation and move on, but the book would have been just as good without some of the less believable events.
I also was distracted by some of the cutesy language used in the book. (The phrases “cockatoo switcheroo snafu” and “felon falsie” come to mind.) At times the alliteration seemed forced, and it distracted me from what was actually happening in the story. The glossary at the back of the book was a nice touch, though—especially for someone who took French instead of Spanish in high school.
If you’re thinking about reading this book, or sharing it with a younger crafter, please be aware that this book isn’t appropriate for all readers. Chloe’s character, in particular, is involved in a less-than-appropriate relationship with her boss in order to get ahead in her career, and Star is also in some situations that may be considered questionable for young adult readers.
All in all, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is an entertaining, lighthearted read, especially for people who enjoy books about crafting. Curious to learn more about the book? Visit the publisher’s Web site (where you can read an excerpt of the book), or check out Kathy Cano-Murillo’s Crafty Chica site.
Have you read Waking Up in the Land of Glitter or any other crafting/scrapping books? What did you think?
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