Review: Smothered by Autumn Chiklis

SmotheredTitle: Smothered
Author: Autumn Chiklis
Type: Fiction
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: August 7th 2018
Date published: August 7th 2018
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 304

Rating: 4/5

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 stick to a rigorous schedule to get a job and get out of her parents’ house. Shelly “Mama Shell” Hansen, on the other hand, is ecstatic, and just as determined to keep her at home. Who else will help her hide her latest binge-shopping purchases from her husband, go to SoulCycle with her, and hold her hand during Botox shots?

Smothered is a hilarious roman à clef told via journal entries, text messages, emails, bills, receipts, tweets, doctor’s prescriptions, job applications and rejections, parking tickets, and pug pictures, chronicling the year that Lou moves back home after college. Told from Lou’s point-of-view, Smothered tells the story of two young(ish) women, just trying to get it right, and learning that just because we all grow up doesn’t mean we necessarily have to grow old. (After all, what is Juvaderm for?)


The story is written in small chunks of journal entries, and many other mediums. Lou writes about her experience returning to the nest, all the happy, sad, embarrassing, and hilarious moments. Filled with funny relatable events and even more hilarious characters, Smothered is a nice light read that truly shows the perks and falls of becoming an adult.

What I Liked

  • I loved how the story was told with so many different mediums. I loved the texting and IG posts. They made the story much more interesting to read.
  • The characters are actually so funny. Each has a distinct personality that makes the story so fun to read.
  • There are so many embarrassingly funny moments that you can almost relate to.
  • Our main character, Lou, is the best narrator. Her life is already filled with laugh-worthy moments. Her comments? They make you laugh even harder.
  • This is one of those books where you can read in many reading sessions. For busy readers, I’d definitely recommend it. The book is written in relatively short journal entries, and it is so easy to pick up from where you ended off.
  • I enjoyed the family element of the story. I loved how Chiklis wrote some of the story based on her own family and experience. (LIKE THE PUGS)

What I Didn’t Like

  • The story started off a bit slow. There was a lot of description and not much movement. It took a while before my interest started to peak, but as I got more invested in the story, it became a lot easier to read.
  • Lou was really whiny at certain sessions, and it was kinda annoying. I mean I get that not being able to get a job immediately after graduating must be disheartening, but you don’t need to complain to everyone you meet. I might be a bit picky, but other than that Lou is great.
  • Sometimes, the story took a very extreme/absurd course of action. I feel like Chiklis was trying to make us laugh more than making it seem realistic, but anyways.

Favourite Quotes

  • “I’m going to qualify today as the least productive day of my life.”
  • “I’d say you’re like Audrey Hepburn meets Katharine Hepburn… Oh my gosh. You’re the third Hepburn!”
  • “She’s your mother. She can’t help but smother you. It’s in the word.”

Final Thoughts

All in all, the book was an enjoyable read. It was funny seeing how life after college can often mean returning back to your parents home rather than going out and exploring the real world. I really did enjoy reading all the emails and text messages between the characters.

It was awesome being able to find a light read. I would recommend to anyone who’d like a good laugh.


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