I liked how the story was built around "the street" and the 2008 financial crisis. Wanting to see what would happen next kept me going. Generally an enjoyable read. On the down side the narrator's voice for the main character was sooo annoying, like this baby talk voice. And the ending was a bit anti-climactic. I think the author could have done more in closing out the story.
Good novel though, I would read work by this author again.
This is the first book I have read by Mary Alice Monroe. It's pretty vanilla as contemporary romance goes, with an old-fashioned approach to the telling of a love story – no steamy sex scenes here. That could be good or bad, depending on what you like and your perspective. I found it refreshing. The story didn’t make me anxious to keep reading to see what would happen next, but it was enjoyable and definitely a feel-good book. If you like to watch movies on the Hallmark channel, I would recommend this book. But if you like a novel with highly developed characters with multiple dimensions and some edge, this would probably be a yawner for you.
Also, if talented acting is important to you in narration, beware. While I liked the author's voice and it seemed good for the story, the delivery of some statements was odd. Since her voice was pleasant I didn't really mind.
I knew this book would have profanity. And I can enjoy some edgy humor as much as the next person, but this book tries too hard and uses explicit language as a crutch on the limping path to humor. I think it could have been funny if it had been dialed back a bit, without EVERY single line sounding snarky and vulgar. If you are looking for a break from the typical cheesy romance novel you might like this, but be aware you’ll have to enjoy or look past the crude writing to get there.
I really tried, but could not get through this book. While I liked the male narrator’s style, I found the woman’s performance annoying. Every line delivered with a sad downturn at the end of the sentence, lacking any variance in tone, emotion, or inflection. It was too monotonous for me. The book itself may have gotten better if I could have hung in there, but I found the numerous random lists of “Ten things ...” didn’t add much to the story and felt contrived. Overall, a disappointment.
Although the premise of this book is really unlikely, it was another fun read. If you enjoy light romance/fiction I recommend Milly Johnson's books. The Birds and the Bees is the best so I would start with that one or Summer Fling. In the Yorkshire Pudding Club was a strong focus on the process of pregnancy, but I enjoyed that and found it interesting. As always the book celebrates the friendships that women have.
I enjoy Milly Johnson's books, I wish there were more of them available in the U.S. I think The Birds and the Bees may be my favorite. Although the story follows a predictable formula, the author creates that irresistible pull to see what will happen next. A very enjoyable light read! I give it 5 stars not because it's a masterpiece or would receive critical acclaim, but for the genre it is really wonderful stuff.
I've tried a few of the the vampire/werewolf stories - Sookie, Kitty, etc. I really want to like these but I just don't get the whole genre I guess. I know many people enjoy these so I'll focus on what is unique about Molly Harper's How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. The story was decent, and I like the whole Alaska angle. But the "southern sassy" routine the main charater did so often got kind of annoying and seemed forced. Even though I wanted to like this, don't think I'll read the next in the series.
I really enjoy most of Mary Kay Andrews books. Savannah Blues was the first one I read and is at the top of the list, along with Summer Rental. It's one of those - woman starting over after her life falls apart - my favorite kind of story. Very enjoyable!
A contemporary novel - beautifully, artfully, deliciously written. I love love love the way Barbara Samuel writes. This was a real pleasure, didn't want it to end.
I understand that sometimes a book needs to disturb you enough to affect you - but the pain has to be worth the gain. Although the message in the end was good, this writing was draining, and a bit like slow torture. Instead of wanting to find out what would happen next I found myself dreading the next sad/bad thing that would happen to the main character. I did see the humor at times, but the overall picture drawn was so relentlessly sad that I couldn't enjoy it when it did occur.
So I might be too old to read this, about an 18 year old girl and her last summer before college. But I like a good coming of age story and this seemed like a good choice. I must say I really enjoyed it. The author has a subtle, patient writing style that allows a story to gracefully unfold, without feeling forced or rushed. The characters weren't totally predictable which I like. And best of all it had a wonderful ending. Total satisfaction!
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