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Ros by [DeTarsio, Dee]
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About the Author

Dee DeTarsio is a television writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from Ohio State University she vowed 'never to be cold again' (in a tantrum more worthy of Suellen than Scarlett) and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer (penguins are mean!), before producing and writing for the NBC affiliate. From the girl who ate too many potato chips, Dee is the author of women's fiction novels, HAOLE WOOD, Winner of The San Diego Book Awards, and finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, THE SCENT OF JADE (a finalist in the San Diego Book and Writing Awards), THE KITCHEN SHRINK, 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, ROS, and ALL MY RESTLESS LIFE TO LIVE. Though her mother never beat her (that hard) and her father is not a celebrity, she suspects one of her four sisters is a vampire.

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  • Print Length: 304 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By BigAl on 20 Dec. 2011
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Dee DeTarsio may write Chick Lit, but her books are never just that. They always include elements you'd expect in other genres and almost never see in Chick Lit, like action-adventure (which features in both of her books I've read ) or even a science fiction element, as in the alien this book is named after. These additions are fun and entertaining. They allow DeTarsio to take the story in directions you wouldn't typically see in Chick Lit.

Pushing the genre boundaries is fun, but what stood out for me in this book was the sense of humor of the main character, Micki. At least in the beginning, she seems to be lacking in self-esteem and is unhappy with life. She lets people run over her which results in her ex-mother-in-law (who is in a mutual-loathing society with Micki) being dumped on her. But Micki's inner dialogue is always funny and witty, as in this snippet involving Rhoda, her ex-mother-in-law:

"No go," Rhoda said. "I think there was a murder in that bathroom. Something died in there. I could not use it. I would not go." And now she's Dr. Seuss? Could you, would you, in your pants? I wanted to scream.

I found Micki's "voice" to be unique from that of Julie Fraser (the protagonist in "The Scent of Jade," the other book of DeTarsio's I've read), which is something most authors have a hard time doing this well for characters who are so different. If you're a fan of Chick Lit and not afraid of the boundaries getting stretched a little, the story of Ros would be a perfect choice.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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This story is ET meets chick lit.

A fun and alternative chick lit read. If you are looking for something that is out of the ordinary, out of this world, this is a great read for you.

2.5 out of 5 for me, but please do try this if you are looking for a fun read that is different.

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Will be looking for other novels by Dee ! This book was so great full of humour , intrigue & love !!! Great read x
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Laugh-out-loud enjoyable! Shame the f-word had to creep in there from time to time, and things got a little 'heavy-breathing'. Otherwise - it was great.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 49 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 15 July 2014
By JackieB - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a fun read! I loved this twist on the usual alien-come-to-earth story. The alien is a female. She is discovered - and later befriended and helped - by a human female. Their buddy-girl story is funny, sweet, and touching. The friends discover that, sure, Ros's society may be far more advanced than ours, but we're really not so different after all.

Author DeTarsio's writing style is a delight as well. Take, for example, this passage where Ros tells her new human friend about falling in love: "My higher reasoning center has been unable to rejuvenate. I cannot take nourishment." Isn't that a delightful twist on the ol' "I can't sleep! I can't eat!" cry of the lovelorn?!

I don't LOL very often at books, but this book had me chuckling all the way through. Also loved the very creative and funny ending. And, as an added bonus, the book contains the best use of Journey lyrics ever.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On the run with an alien 29 Nov. 2012
By Leapin' Literary Lurkers - Published on Amazon.com
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The 2 and 3-star reviews preceding mine nailed my thoughts exactly.

While the author certainly demonstrates a love of wordplay and wisecracking humor, it got extremely tiresome about half-way through the book and felt like she was simply trying too hard to inject a laugh into almost every conversation or internal monologue.

Initially I thought the storyline was novel and somewhat cute; as the book went on (and on) it verged on silly--- kind of a combination of old sci-fi movies, fortune cookie philosophizing and a sitcom laugh-track.

In fairness to Ms. DeTarsio, she gave the reader a very human portrait of the main character Micki. However, the incessant focus on Micki's failings in love and personal life presented with a self-deprecating humor were a definite turn-off. Sometimes her actions were too frustratingly idiotic for words.

Ros' story was more engaging but never sufficiently developed. I did love the denouement.

In contrast to another reviewer, I couldn't stand the (ex) mother-in-law Rhoda and found that her constant carping/sniping set my nerves on edge---I felt like "whapping her up-side the head" as we used to say in high school.

I vacillated between a 2 and 3 star rating. Most of the first half of the text was relatively typo free and then I encountered "breaks" for "brakes," "in plain site" and "gripping her tiny waste" (which was unintentionally funny given Ros' excretory function.) There were a couple of grammatical errors such as "over who's desires" or the occasional missing word, but generally Ms. DeTarsio's use of English was refreshingly accurate, thus earning the third star.
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 27 April 2014
By Mrs A McRae - Published on Amazon.com
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My interest was caught once I realised that the heroine was not a teenager (thankfully) but a grown women with adult children plus her rescued alien/ET was female. I appreciated the female friendship and bonding that followed but I was disappointed that so many of Michi's and Ros' chats were about men!

The story was fast paced although I had no knowledge of the area or any idea of the distances involved in their travelling. I was interested in the characters, Micki's relationship with her children (that rang very true) even Rhoda grew on me. I found the handsome James a tad unbelievable, but let's hope there are such men out there should a Ros situation every happen. The ending was bizarre in the extreme but kind of gelled with the rest of the fairly preposterous events in the book. Not a laugh out loud book, but I was entertained.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a woman... 6 Aug. 2013
By sue conrad - Published on Amazon.com
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While I loved the harshness, worthiness, and fear found in the narrator it was the alien visitor that really made this book special. In fact this book would not have warranted a second look without both of the characters and their fabulous relationship. As it is said late in the book, sometimes there is no reason for connection. What might have been too sappy a story is cut with the edginess of a cast of supporting characters.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So-so 8 Feb. 2012
By Toni R. Adkins - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still trying to figure out why this book has so many 5 star reviews. It was a decent story, with an interesting plot-line and that's the only reason why it gets 2 stars from me. I really felt like the author was trying way to hard to make the main character funny....and failed most of the time. The only character I remotely liked was the mother-in-law. As for character development, I think the author did an ok job on everyone...except the character I wanted most to know better...Ros. Ros seemed to be tossed into the background by the Micki's inane worrying about her appearance and love life.

The story line was a bust for me. All that running around? I felt the same way I did when I read the last Harry Potter book....that the author didn't know where the story was going so she just had them wandering all over the place. I would have liked more background story, more about Ros and a lot less about Micki's problems. The last scene, at cirque du soleil, I felt was just another failed attempt by the author to be funny. It was like the author was trying to work a little Lucy and Ethel or Laverne and Shirley into the story and it fell flat, like most of the book.

All in all the book had promise, but it was a promise that wasn't fully realized. I'm still wondering why I kept thinking it would get better.
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