Smothered by Autumn Chiklis


A humorous debut crossover young adult novel about what happens when entering the "real world" means moving back in with your mother, inspired by actress and celebrity Autumn Chiklis' real life.Eloise “Lou” Hansen is graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, and she's ready to conquer the world. Just a few minor problems: she has no job, no prospects, and she’s moving back into her childhood bedroom. Lou is grimly determined to s...

Details Smothered

Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreNew Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Smothered

  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    4 Silly Spoiled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟This book was such a FUN read for me... it had a slight vibe of a Sophie Kinsella Book, and that is a huge compliment coming from me.... The characters were all over the top, some of the things that happen were quite ridiculous... but for me it just was delightful and made me laugh out loud.... it is a book that does not take itself too seriously, so to thoroughly enjoy it you have to be in that state of mind...
  • Nat
    Post-Graduation Depression, Mother/Daughter Dynamics, and Coming-of-AgeI was beyond keen on diving into this book, thanks to the premise of using unconventional storytelling and sounding on par with an underrated favorite of mine, Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian, by exploring themes of daughter-mother bonds through journal entries.It’s also in a similar vein to Motherest wherein essentially nothing happens plot-wise; the story relies hea...
  • Niki
    As a recent graduate, post-uni depression has hit me HARD, so I thought I had found the perfect book in this, but nope. Lou wasn't in any way relatable, the family is super rich and spending an extraordinary amount of money in every turn; it's clear that the only reason why she wants to find a job is to get some "HA, in your face! I'm so independent!" points, like that one friend she keeps badmouthing but secretly wants to be like, and NOT becaus...
  • Patricia
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading SMOTHERED; it's laugh out loud funny! After graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude, Lou moves in with her family while searching for a job. If you are looking for some light reading, this is it! I received SMOTHERED for an honest review.
  • Olivia
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and for that, I am thankful. I can't imagine how furiously annoyed I'd be if I spent the estimated $18.99 on this. By no means is it the worst book I've ever read, but I can't recommend it. Originally marketed as a young-adult crossover novel, I believe it has been fixed and is now being marketed more appropriately as an adult novel.It took me well over a month to finish Smothered. I dreaded having to read ...
  • Susanne Cutler
    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads and I am so glad I did!! I really loved this book. I don't remember the last time I read a book that I actually laughed out loud. It was not only funny but so honest and down to earth. For anyone who has lived with an overbearing mother or is one, you will love how relatable this novel is. A fast fun read!
  • Izzy
    Disclaimer- I got this book from a Goodreads giveaway, but that will not affect my opinion on this book whatsoever. Can I just say that I related to this book SO MUCH. Columbia has always been one of my dream colleges, so as soon as I saw the summary for this book, I was so down! And after reading the book, even though there was less Columbia than I expected, I still adored it. Let's start with a quick summary. Our MC, Lou, just graduated Columbi...
  • Nessa
    The book is a hybrid of Where'd You Bernadette, Bridget Jone's Diary, and many of those truly YA/middle school books you've read with text bubbles and gossiping (please note this is not a degradation of the story) all set to the backdrop of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills sort of L.A. life. Chiklis perfectly combines these elements, giving you get a host of vivid characters that make the book a fun, fast read. While this is no Pulitzer Prize winning l...
  • Karen Ray
    Love, LOVED, L O V E D this book. I honestly couldn't put it down. I don't remember the last time I laughed this much or felt such a genuine sense of happiness while reading anything. I connected to every word --as both a mother and a daughter --and I can only hope I'm one fraction as fabulous as Mama Shell (a character I am not soon to forget). Autumn Chiklis has given us a glimpse into the closeness and craziness that is family through characte...
  •  Eileen
    I loved this book. Laugh out loud funny - recommend to all looking for an enjoyable read. I know all of my friends will love it too!
  • Naomi Wilson
    Hilarious! There were so many laugh out loud moments. My face hurts from all the smiles. Lou tells the story about moving back to her upper class family home in Los Angeles after college though journal entries, text messages, social media posts, receipts, and other media. She struggles with living with her over bearing mother, finding a job, and telling her parents about her long-term boyfriend.Mama Shell really steals the comedy show. She has qu...
  • Tiffany
    *Book received from a Goodreads giveaway*I was in the middle of reading other books when Smothered arrived in my mailbox so I figured it would be one I'd get to eventually. Yet the book drew me in and I read it in less than 24 hours! I laughed out loud so much that my 11 year old son was concerned. Lou Hansen is on the top of the world graduating from Columbia University summa cum laude but her world is about to get pretty interesting when she's ...
  • Desiree craig
    I received the ARC of this book from a goodreads giveaway. I couldn't put it down!!! I haven't read a book in quite some time that I was able to say that about. I can't wait to see what this author puts out next and am happily following her on instagram to see any updates on new books coming out. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
  • S
    This book was absolutely hilarious! I'm sending my copy to my sister this evening as I know she will also love it. A+
  • Jessica Parsons
    “Why’s my body tingling? Is that normal? It’s like I’m carbonated. Can humans be carbonated?? Whoa”Eloise (Lou) Hansen has graduated college summa cum laude and is ready to begin her awesome life. The only problem is that, of course, she doesn’t know where to start. Moving back in with her parents seems the only option, and that means dealing with her mother, who is thrilled to have her daughter back home to go shopping with her and w...
  • Brenda Schneider
    A wonderful laugh out loud book. Really enjoyed the characters. I won this book through goodreads.
  • Bookworm15
    Engaging, endearing and effervescent, Autumn Chiklis’s Roman de clef is an intoxicating blend of hilarious journal entries, emails, text messages, job applications and more chronicling Eloise (Lou) Hansen’s first year back at home in sunny and sensational Los Angeles after graduating summa cum laude at Columbia University, New York. Chiklis writes with surprising self-assurance for a first-time novelist and infuses her sharp wit and keen obse...
  • Cornelia Sanders
    A light-hearted, funny story that I enjoyed SO much. This was so much fun to read, I found the main character totally relateable, even though I have not been brought up where my parents could spend these amounts of money, I can still relate with needing to find myself after school and how to find the right path into a working society.I truly enjoyed the writing style and how the author utilized text messages, receipts, applications and other thin...
  • Jessica
    I was very lucky to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I am so happy I did. This book was absolutely hilarious and so real. I can't remember a book that I actually laughed as much in as I did this book. Anyone who has ever lived with their parents as an adult should read this and enjoy. The story was told through texts, social media posts, receipts, emails, etc which made for a very fast, light read. I highly recommend this book and can on...
  • Sara
    I loved that this was light read (meaning I didn't have to think hard while reading it). It was funny and spot on to the social media generation. I liked how there was a mix of texts, a few Instagram posts and her diary to tell the story. Were some of the characters over the top? Sure, but that's what made them so funny.
  • Phyllis Krall
    A hilarious story about a college graduate who moves back in with her parents and tries to find herself.Lou Hansen has graduated Columbia with honors and hopes to find a job soon and get her own apartment. In the meantime she must move back home to California to face an overbearing mother who tries to manage her life. Lou’s day by day adventures are described in Emails, texts and diary entries. She tries to outwit her mother's overbearsnce in h...
  • Rebecca
    Such a great book! Smothered follows Lou as she graduates from Columbia, and then, jobless and homeless, moves back in with her parents. I felt that Lou was incredibly relatable-I, too, feel like I am great at school but have no actual real world calling. This book is told in a combination of text, Instagram posts, emails, receipts, etc...which sometimes can be annoying, but Autumn Chiklis creates the perfect balance so you never feel confused. I...
  • Liz
    This is one of the funniest book I've read in a long while. This is a tale of a recent college graduate who returns to her parent's home as she struggles to get a job and move on to an adult life. The format - a mix of prose, texts, pictures, receipts, etc. - makes this an easy and contemporary read. The characters are hilarious (especially the mother) and all so interesting. If you're looking for a laugh out loud read, this is the book for you.I...
  • Isabel
    I picked up this book because I thought it was a new a different way to go about writing one. I'd never read a book written entirely in diary entries and now I realize why. Although it was an interesting perspective, there was way too much internal dialogue in this book. Any paragraph that starts off with " Today was the best day. Want to know why? Well, I'll tell you." is an automatic a dnf.
  • Lea
    I have to say that this book was a much appreciated break from High Fantasy. I received this arc through a goodreads giveaway from the publisher. Lou is a really relatable character on the awkward scale. Even her mom’s relatable to my mom, except on steroids. The beginning was a bit slow, but I found myself laughing at the most inappropriate moments while in class or anywhere else. Especially toward the end of the novel. If you were looking for...
  • Donna
    This was a great story - so true to life, both funny and sad in parts.So glad I won it!
  • Cynthia
    Won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Disappointing. Had to force myself to finish the book. There were so many points where there was opportunity for more development and suddenly would skip to the next scene. Majority of the book felt like the story of a privileged girl jealous of her more privileged friends. The stock photos were distracting and felt out of place. I did like the switch from diary to text to articles to forward the story.
  • Katie
    This book is amazing! Such a cute and fun book! Really enjoyed reading it, highly recommend for anyone as a light and fun read!
  • Ann McDuffie
    Fun, witty, laugh out loud quick read. Autumn Chiklis needs to write a sequel. I want to know more about Theo!
  • Sharon
    Loved this funny book about a college grad returning home to look for a job.