I remember liking her older books. She was among the first authors that introduced me to contemporary fiction in college - outside of my usual classics and what there was of a YA genre in my teen years. Rise and Shine's summary (both on the cover and Amazon) hooked me. Here's an excerpt of it:
"It’s an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice’s perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country’s highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break–but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike." And this event is said to unravel much about Meghan and her family's lives.
Overall, I didn't care too much for the story. The story centers around fame and celebrity-crazed America, which sets up huge possibilities. However, the two curse words Meghan speaks on live TV didn't seem to have the effect the summary implies they would. It's not even clear why she said what she did or what was done about it. And it seemed Meghan used her wealth to run away and recover easily, whereas others have to face life head on in the midst of trials in order to keep surviving. No convenient running away. Realistic or not, that just made me dislike her even more.
I didn't care for any characters except Meghan's son Leo and only latter for sister Bridget and her boyfriend. Bridget's social work job and life interested me vastly more than Meghan's fame and maybe the difference between the two was supposed to be noticeable and purposely speak of something I missed.
The ending was the best part, mostly because that's where much of the action took place and the story picked up. I would read Anna Quindlen again because I've read her before and enjoyed her writing and stories. It was just this book that seemed rather disappointing.
Anyone out there ever read Quindlen? Who was among the first authors to introduce you to a new genre?