I LOVE Susan Elizabeth Phillips and have read almost all of her books so far, but this one just didn't do it for me. There was way too much unnecessary angst on Lucy's part and way too much drama on the part of Panda. Normally SEP's books hit just the right notes, but unfortunately this one just didn't sing.
I listened to Shannon Cochran's performance of Call Me Irresistible and liked it, but I think part of the reason I just can't enjoy the story as much is because I love me some Anna Fields.
No, and that really is a first for SEP's books. I've bought the audio version of 4 different SEP books and ended up running out to the bookstore before the day was over just so I could finish reading on my couch with a glass of wine and a book to hang on to, but this one I struggled to finish.
I usually love SEP books, but this one was missing a lot of the usual romance and had most of it replaced with unnecessary drama or exaggerated emotions. And Lucy's play at the end turned me off completely to the happy ever after part. Hoping the next one is better!
Year Zero was funny and full of surprises. I would definitely read it again, but mostly for the narrator's excellent portrayal of the characters. John Hodgman really brought the book and characters to life and Rob Reid wrote some wonderful pointed story lines for each of them. Great read!
The vacuum cleaner, I think his name was Ozie, was by far the funniest character John Hodgman brought to life. You could completely sense his feelings of frustration and gullibility, it was great!
Nick Carter was the most memorable character. He was charming, dorky, dimwitted, and yet he handled the situations that arose perfectly.
Hilarious book, with a funny take on the absurdity that is copyright law (of all subjects)!
I own both the audio and print and I really enjoyed the audio. There are some parts that Anna Fields just brings to life in a way that I can't imagine myself doing as I read along.
Any SEP book is going to be about the same: light, romantic, and full of fun. This may be my favorite by her, but Ain't She Sweet would be a close second.
Anna Fields' Lady Emma was spot on. She had a bearable accent, but played all of the reserve and eventual emotion perfectly.
Wonderful book, in typical SEP fashion! Thanks for the excellent read!
The beginning of the book was wonderful. All cheery and embarrassing stories from her childhood and youth mixed in with some life lessons that she picked up the hard way. Then once we reach her early adulthood the book becomes more of a complaint about everything she doesn't like. Instead of spending six hours ranting about strip clubs, high heels, and how generally awful men are, maybe continue with the personal aspect of the story rather than aim your megaphone at anyone or thing you don't personally enjoy.
The huge cliff it dropped off in the second half. The book was wonderful and funny in the beginning, but about halfway through it turned into one sexist and stereotyping rant after the other.
The second half would have been rewritten so as not to come off as isolating all possible readers who occasionally do feminine things and don't whole themselves off in a closet doing angsty things late into their 20s.
I can't say enough that I LOVED the first half, but being a woman who occassionally likes a pair of high heels, and does someday want to enjoy her wedding, and doesn't think that strip clubs and burlesque are all that different...we had some differences that in the end were irreconcilable.
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