As Is by Rachel Michael Arends is a great summer beach read! As I absolutely love reality/decorating shows, the plot was very intriguing to me. Gwendolyn Golden and Armand Leopold have been the lifestyle couple in "So Perfect" - giving viewers a glance at their 'perfect life' with their decorating, cooking and styling tips with a catalog of their products, tv segments, and a beautiful house in Scenic, North Carolina. Turns out Gwen is really not a homemaking Martha Stewart diva but an insecure artist, their marriage is not real, and the whole premise is a scam. Gwen and Armand do love each other as best friends and Armand is the styling and decorating guru.
As their lives fall apart, Gwen is made into the scapegoat and returns home in disgrace to help with her ill father. As this book has many layers, we also meet Gwen's sister, an old boyfriend, and a fan who has decorating talent and is going through a divorce. Not one character has the "perfect life" and they learn to deal with life "As Is" and grow together through their struggles and heartaches.
As Is would be a great beach read and a good book club discussion book - I'll be recommending it to my book club! I'd give it 4 1/2 stars.