Grannie Panties Are UnderRated

Fiction - Womens
336 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2017
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Author Biography

Gayle Erickson is a proud Colorado native and graduate of Colorado College. She spent several years as an English teacher in Tokyo, Japan, before returning to the United States and working in the software industry and nonprofit sector. She and her husband live in suburban Denver with their twin teenagers. Grannie Panties Are UnderRated is her debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

This captivating novel, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated by Gayle Erickson, begins with the prologue taking place in Tokyo in 1994. The main character, 24-year-old Elle, has been living in Tokyo for two years. She has a boyfriend, Tak, and she knows she is in big trouble. Move forward to 2017, describing 47-year-old Elle’s life as the perfect suburban housewife. She is married to Winston Ford Martin III, a very successful and wealthy businessman, and they have two adolescent children, Brynnie and Four. Elle spends her time living the upper-class lifestyle, managing the housekeeper and her large house, and keeping up appearances with the other mothers whose children attend the exclusive Country Day School.

There are many flashback chapters, describing Elle’s life in Tokyo, from her arrival in 1992 through 1994. From meeting her best friend, Mitch, at Tokyo’s Narita airport in August 1992, to her work teaching English to Japanese students, to her next job in a nightclub, to her involvement with the hot and shady Tak, her life in Japan took some unexpected turns. She never shared most of these experiences with her husband or her children, but focused on creating a new life.

One of the most interesting aspects of this novel is the rich character development of Elle over the decades of her life. By going back and forth between different time periods, the reader understands the motivations and emotions of this fascinating character. Author Gayle Erickson is a wonderful storyteller as she weaves in various scenes and intriguing characters over the years in Grannie Panties Are UnderRated. This is a real page-turner, and the ending is fantastic!

Lisa McCombs

The All-American life, the All-American dream: That is Elle’s life. As long as she remembers to abide by the “signs” dictated to her by the songs that surround her, Elle seems to have a no-fail system in determining what the future holds for her. Too bad her system didn’t always work for her twenty years ago. Or maybe it had and she was just too caught up in being young, wild, and crazy to pay attention. For now, Elle desperately looks for the “signs” that indicate a healthy existence for her teenage children and amazingly successful husband. If she can only keep on top of things now, maybe her past will finally rest quietly where it belongs. She cannot do a thing to change her baby brother’s death or her mother’s lack of parental concern. But she can make a difference in the lives of her children by helping them see a life beyond their privileged existence. Elle can only look forward.

In this multi-faceted story of redemption, the intricate themes and story lines keep the reader riveted from page one. Gayle Erickson fulfills all components of contemporary chick lit fiction while incorporating elements of suspense that move the story along at a surprisingly swift speed. Do not be influenced by the frivolous tone of the title. Gayle Erickson’s Grannie Panties Are UnderRated is a serious examination of adult coming of age. Written from a dual point of view between the teenage Elle and her adult counterpart, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated is certain to entertain even the pickiest of readers.

Maureen Dangarembizi

Grannie Panties Are UnderRated by Gayle Erickson tells the story of rich society mom Elle Martin. At first glance, Elle appears to have it all; a rich husband, a beautiful home and two almost grown-up kids. Unable to stomach the superficial lifestyle, she finds her life perfectly hideous. As she tries to keep her family lily-white, she has to contend with the damaging gossips at her country club. But friends who are not friends at all are the least of her problems. Elle has a past that has decided to come out of the closet to bite her in the tush. Realizing that she’s caught in the web of a madman, can Elle save her family? And can her family accept the full truth that is Michelle Simpson?

Grannie Panties Are UnderRated is a must-read for women’s fiction readers. This book is for every woman over the age of eighteen. I totally loved this book and the way the author weaves Elle’s journey from her out of control phase in '90s Japan to a grown woman trying to survive in the attractive but cutthroat world of the super rich in the USA. There is a lot of humor, pain, and life lessons to be learned in the pages of this book. I also loved the way the author incorporated music into this story. The '90s songs used by Gayle Erickson will never sound the same for me again. And I’ll never trust a foreigner who uses the nickname ‘Blondie.’ This author’s unique voice makes for a gripping book once you get started.