Monday, September 6, 2010

Book #57 - The Actor & The Housewife

Shannon Hale

Blurb: What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter…
Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity heartthrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. Her children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything.(From Goodreads)

Length: Medium - 339 pages

Notes: I'm kind of torn on this book. I love Shannon Hale, although this book is completely different from her Books of Bayern series. Let's start with what I didn't love... First up, the cheesy Mormon stereotypes. I'm sure she was just trying to be funny, but at times, they made me cringe. But my biggest problem with this story is the whole relationship between Becky and Felix. I don't know about you, but I would have a huge problem if my husband came home to say that he met some famous supermodel, they really hit it off, and now they want to be best friends and talk on the phone every day. And I know that this issue is addressed in the book, but I had a hard time getting past how much the whole situation just bothered me. But I did like the book, and it was another tear-jerker - and I really felt like I knew the characters by the end of the book, even though the book covered a time period of over 10 years. I think I would have really liked the book if the whole best-friends-with-a-member-of-the-opposite-sex-when-you-are-grown-and-have-a-family-and-4-kids issue didn't bother me... But the story was entertaining and flowed really well and kept me reading to the end.

Random quote : "I'm not bossy--I just happen to be more capable than most everyone else."

Recommend: Yes, but be prepared for the issues I listed above.

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