Elle Sheffield is a life coach who needs a life coach. She loves helping people solve their problems, but her business is not exactly thriving, her longest meaningful relationship is with a newly defunct vibrator and her estranged father is about to get paroled from prison. When a chance meeting with a former high school nemesis offers unexpected hope in the form of a profile in The New York Times, Elle is first thrilled and then deflated when all roads seem to take her back to her past. Broke, with her business in tatters, Elle is forced to take a hard look at her choices and start coaching herself, before life passes her by.

This is a humorous if at times uneven story. O'Reilly does a great job of showing both sides of Elle -- the one that is competent at helping others and the one that's rather incompetent at helping herself. She makes the reader care about Elle, and despite the fact that everything ties up a little too neatly and quickly at the end, this is an enjoyable read. (Jul., 384 pp., $13.00)
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Stephanie Schneider