It's '86, the era of Pop Rocks, Jelly shoes, and big hair bands. Rachael O'Brien's freshman plan seems simple: Attend a southern college away from her hometown of Canton, Ohio, earn a degree, party, and meet cute guys-hopefully acing the latter two.
But being threatened by a jealous She-Devil, avoiding the advances of a 30-something redneck, and discovering an art fraud scheme mess with her "to do" list. On top of her troubles at school, Rachael finds herself forging a new relationship with her emotionally shaken father after Mom abandons the family to pursue a psychic calling. Bad decision-making, law-bending behavior, and surprise romances make freshman year challenging in Paisley Ray's Deep Fried and Pickled quick-witted, south-of-the-Mason-Dixon romp.
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Lots of fun getting immersed in the wacky world of the story. There's plenty of wit and humor woven into Rachel O'Brien's misadventures and the unique bunch of characters she encounters. Listening to this book can provide a great antidote to the tension of rush hour traffic.
This book can both make you wish you were back in college while at the same time making you happy you never have to relive those days again.
The delivery, the narration, the phrasing and vocalizations are fantastic.
While totally different while having some similar attributes, I think readers of this series and readers of Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle's work would appreciate this snarky southern insight.
I laughed at so many!
who knew college life would give such an education!
Keep your shoes with you, cell phone charged (I know, but now is a different time) a good GPS app and money to pay for your own way home.
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To my friends college age grandkids yes. But to my age friends not really. The book was sort of a mystery, love story and let see how drunk we can get at the parties. The main story was on a young girl freshman from Ohio coming to South Carolina for college and trying to score her first fling. Oh also she knows art so thats where the mystery comes in and the story moves fast and the people we all new in high school or college.
Yes she had a different identity for each characters from nice to bitchy
Too young for me
This series will have you laughing out loud. Rachel is a college freshmen in this first book. She is an art history major and trouble seems to follow her everywhere she goes. The narrator does a great job changing her tone for each character. Give it a try. I promise you will want to listen to the entire series and you will become a huge Rachael O'Brien fan just like me.
I absolutely would recommend this audiobook to a friend! The book itself was excellent, but the audiobook just put everything together.
Katie Lee is my favorite, she makes me laugh out loud and makes everybody step outside their box. Rachel would be so boring without her.
~Bead Goddess Mary~
I really enjoyed this book, great characters that were likeable and held true to themselves as the book went on. The story was a doozy!! I didn't want to stop listening as it progressed, try it, you will like it! just enough of a mystery to keep you involved without saying...really, like that would happen...things made sense and flowed to the very end!!!
I enjoyed listening to Deep Fried and Pickled. It's technically a young adult mystery but the mystery is just a small part of the book.
Rachael O'Brien is from Ohio and is attending a college in the South. That hit home with me because my family moved from Chicago to Tennessee in the 70's. Talk about culture shock! It has always interested me how different areas of the country have different slang words. Paisley Ray did a good job at using some of those. For example, how is Rachael supposed to know a BJ is Bartles & James?
The story is more about Rachael's first year in college than it is a mystery. She quickly makes friends with some of the girls in her dorm. Some of the situations that they get into are hilarious. Poor Rachael has the goal of losing her virginity but something always seems to get in the way of that.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a good job overall. I did have trouble telling two of the girls apart.
I recommend Deep Fried and Pickled to anyone who wants to read a feel good mystery based in the 80's.
Rachel obrien knows one thing and one thing only. Life is about to change. As a college freshman in 1986, she is prepared for new adventures, new friends and new stresses. What she was not prepared for are the following: her mom walks out on her dad to be a psychic in Arizona far from her home town of Canton, Ohio, her roommates boyfriend is a loser, and oh yeah that's right there is that whole art fraud situation she has going on.
All she wanted was to meet a nice boy and get her groove thing moving but instead she's tied up in an art fraud mystery while she beats off Katie Lee's strange 30 something friend's advances. It's turn after turn, adventure and misadventure one after another. One thing is certain, life as she knew it is never going to be the same!
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