The Arizona desert is lovely in August.
If you're a cactus.
If you're not green and prickly, it's like standing in the bottom of a volcano hoping your SPF 15 will do the trick. So how does Simone Greevey, a 20-something e-zine editor from San Francisco wind up wearing a duck costume in sweltering Seepwillow, Arizona? In Desert Desperate, Simone loses her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop and runs to the arms of her eccentric aunt, owner of the Ruddy Duck trailer park, a hundred miles from nowhere.
There she meets Chaz Tagliola, a guy who doesn't know Jimmy Choo from Jiminy Cricket, a man with a passion for God, and the one thing Simone has tried to forget about for the decade since her father's death. Before her suitcase is unpacked, Simone's aunt disappears, leaving Chaz and Simone to lead a five-day junior high school Bible study camp. Bug lightings? Hot dog roasts? Cactus jam recipes? It's a whole new world for a San Francisco girl. Throw in a mysterious park tenant and a breathtaking natural discovery and the stage is set for Simone to learn a divine lesson that will rock her world in a big way.
The main character has a wonderful sense of humor. My only complaint is that I couldn't always tell whether CeCe was actually saying words out loud or thinking them. That being said this my first Dana Mentink book and the first time I heard the narrator, Sage Brighten.
Would you consider the audio edition of Desert Desperate to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version. How does one compare any way?? It is a personal preference to read or to listen to a book. So glad I chose to listen to this one though as the narrator nailed each character. I feel sure this book by this narrator is more fun to listen to than to read.
What does Sage Brighten bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator Sage Brighten gave a believable personality to each character. I know when a narrator is really good when I get caught up in the story and characters and hear each one individually and not just the voice of the narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! And I almost did, but one has to sleep.
Any additional comments?
Would highly recommend this book to young (teen/YA) and old. Good, fun and laugh out loud parts.