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 DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, New Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Smothered

  • Berit☀️✨
    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...
  • Amy
    I love books written in diary style, it feels so intimate like you’re seeing someone’s innermost thoughts, secrets and desires. Besides journal entities from Lou you also get Facebook messages, texts,?emails and Instagram posts SO fun! The format made for a quick read and made me legit laugh out loud quite a few times.What made this such an entertaining read was the over the top personalities and behaviors of Lou and her family. Mama Shell is...
  • 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.
  • Holly
    Have you just read a psychological thriller that had you biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat? Are you in need of a light-hearted, fun “beach read?” If so, then Smothered is the book for you! The story begins with an invitation addressed to the family of Eloise Laurent Hansen for Columbia University’s graduation ceremony. Lou (Eloise) Hansen, the narrator of this story, is receiving her summa cum laude degree with a double...
  • 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 ...
  • Kiki Cole
    Omg, what an amazing, witty story! I loved how this unemployed, normal adult lives in a world of successful, wealthy, care-free people and still tries to better herself and sets goals. I can see why this is a young adult novel because it shows that even when you are an adult, a lot of people don’t know what they want to be even after college and no matter what lifestyle they have. I’m so happy that Lulu’s life turned out okay in the end. I...
  • 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...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    I don't know what else to say about "Smothered" other than it was a quick fun read and definitely the perfect thing to read while on vacation. Lou Hansen has just graduated from Columbia University. While looking for a job, she moves back home to California, to live with her family. Lou knows that "adulting" is going to be hard, and while she knows her mother will be interfering and crossing boundaries at every turn, she has no idea how badly. In...
  • Justina
    This was pretty much “The Princess Diaries” for the new adult crowd. If you were a fan of that series, you’ll probably like this, although be warned that the protagonist is pretty lazy, entitled, and casually racist 🤷🏻♀Lou has just graduated third in her class from Columbia University. She’s moving back to LA to live with her parents while she tries to find a job. She’s also been hiding her boyfriend from them for six months, af...
  • 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...
  •  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!!!!
  • Brenda Schneider
    A wonderful laugh out loud book. Really enjoyed the characters. I won this book through goodreads.
  • Shannon
    This debut novel is so much fun! It's the perfect book to take to the beach. I especially like the format of the book. The journal entries, text messages, emails and social media posts are highly entertaining. Lou's situation isn't ideal. She recently graduated from college, has yet to find a job and decides to move back in with her parents. I remember that scary feeling of graduating from university and not having a clue what to do next! The rel...
  • 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...
  • Rachelle
    Smothered... imagine your mother forcing herself into nearly aspect of your recently graduated from college- desperately searching for a job - life. Lou's Mama Shell is a stay at home mom fashionista, who spends her days shopping at high-end stores and texting Lou to keep tabs on her daughter and inject beauty/health/fashion advice. An honestly hilarious year following Lou's graduation ensues in this book as she struggles with international scand...
  • McKenna
    Highly-entertaining, and a relatable glance into the anxieties of a post-grad existence when things haven't gotten fully mapped out quite yet. Add in some love/hate family dynamics and a loving boyfriend who protagonist, Lou, is worried is a little too school/geeky/perfect for cool as gaining familial (read: maternal) acceptance goes, and you've got an unsure gal who's ready to explore her options - and occasionally evade them - with wit, clumsin...
  • Laura
    Amazing book! Perfect summer beach read that you will not be able to put down, the absolute definition of a page turner. The combo of emojis, modern lingo, and text messages will have you laughing at every turn as well as relatable characters, we all have a Lou in us and know a Megan Mitchell!!!!
  • Bob Pascarella
    Love it!!! Funny, thoughtful, witty and insightful to the lighter side of the human condition. You won't put this down even after you finish it. It has so many gems that you'll go back to find quotes to pass along to your friends and family. This is a book you'll read and then talk about.
  • Kate
    This was utterly delightful.
  • Cristie Underwood
    This is the perfect light and engaging summer read! The author did a great job of developing well developed characters and a plot that is realistic and interesting. This is definitely one to enjoy this summer!
  • LeeAnn
    Best book of the summer! I adore this main character and her quirky family and friends. The coolest thing about this book is it's structure, especially the Insta pics!
  • Katherine
    Wow, once I got used to the format of this book it became a really fast read. I’ve never read a book written in alternating formats (e.g., journal entries, text messages, instagram photos, receipts, etc). After finishing this book, I can say that it’s not my favorite method of storytelling, but it is an interesting way to build a character’s personality. Plus, it goes by a lot faster. That ended up being a positive thing for me because this...
  • 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...