Friday, September 9, 2011
Publisher/Format: Brilliance Audio, 12 hours, 448 page equivalent
Year of publication: 2011
Genre: chick-lit, romance
Source: public library download
I don't normally read pure romance, but a dear dear friend whom I'm going to visit next week in California, insisted that I would LOVE Jennifer Crusie and MUST read her. When I saw one of her books available on the library download, I decided I had nothing to lose and would listen for a few hours, and then at least be able to tell her I'd tried it. I did try it, and I kept reading and reading, and loved it. I could not stop this one, and was inventing all kinds of reasons to sit down and listen to the audio.
Essentially it's a romantic comedy featuring two delightful people who are tired of their friends telling them what or what not to do, and who are therefore determined not to allow themselves to build anykind of romantic relationship. The harder they try to stay apart, the harder they fall. Throw in two ex-lovers who are trying hard to break them up, but whose attempts make it even worse, and you have the ingredients for a great farce. It's simply delightful. Well-written, well plotted, and the characters are very like people we all know. It was a delightful read, and I'll certainly be looking for more by Jennifer Crusie whenever I want a feel good read with some meat to it.
Sometimes it pays to listen to our friends.