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Boo [Kindle Edition]

Rene Gutteridge
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Talk about Working out Your Faith with Fear and Trembling.

The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone–or, “Boo,” as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town’s greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its “bloody fingers” (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky’s Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary’s favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary–and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.

Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, Boo shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.


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Talk about Working out Your Faith with Fear and Trembling.

The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone–or, "Boo," as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its "bloody fingers" (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky's Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary–and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.

Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, Boo shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.

About the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of Ghost Writer and Troubled Waters. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1236 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009BNEB8O
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RNYGOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars...Scary? No, Just a Whole Lotta Fun! September 27, 2003
Format:Paperback
This novel's cover and title nabbed my attention, but the first chapter hooked me for good. I was laughing out loud within the first few pages, and then--horror of horrors--forced my wife to listen to some of these scenes. She bore with me. Even giggled. Laughed out loud, as well.
I sped on, enjoying the tale of Wolfe Boone, "Boo," a newly converted horror writer, who throws his town of Skary, Indiana into an uproar when his faith threatens to derail his writing career. This town has built its tourism upon his career. What ever will they do? Even more engaging: what will Ainsley Parker do? She is the one waitress at the local Haunted Mansion restaurant who resents Boone's presence and refuses to serve him.
Until she has no other choice. And discovers he's not all she's made him out to be. In fact, he's somewhat...handsome!
The story is quaint, romantic, and often hilarious. The lengths gone to by these townfolk to backslide their pet writer and revive the community are amusing. Along the way, you discover the mystery of the town's many black cats, the taste of Mad Cow Meatloaf, the vision to see past other's reputations, and the sound of your own laughter. Have fun!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first foray into Christian fiction... November 16, 2004
By Kimmy
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book, being a fan of 'quirky' people, as I am.

My main complaint was the way the horror fiction and films were all portrayed as seeming to be 'of the devil.'-I am a fan of the horror genre, and I am also a Christian..so, it being implied that it isn't Christian to like a certain type of FICTION, well, I must confess: I was irritated.

The rest of the story I found enjoyable though, and, am in the middle of reading the sequel, ("Boo Hoo"), as I type this-which is equally as good!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in depth of plot July 16, 2006
Format:Paperback
Well... I am shocked that I am a dissenter on this one!

It is a "cute" story. However, the plot is very simple and very predictable. Perhaps I had my hopes too high after reading the reviews here that had prompted me to read the book. While I read, I kept waiting for the story to really grab me. Unfortunatley, it did not. The further I got in the book the more I realized that the "hook" I was waiting for was not to be found.

It is not a bad book, but not great either. Very ho-hum in my opinion. It is reflective of what I always thought Christian fiction would be - references to the faith, but slow and...well... a bit boring. This is only the second piece of Christian fiction I have read - the first being "Bad Ground" by W. Dale Cramer - a fantastic book! After reading "Bad Ground" I was shocked that Christian fiction could be so great! I had to get on to another one right away and "Boo" was next in line. Unfortunatly, it fell short of the mark. A more interesting plot, better character development, and/or better prose in general, might have saved the day. For me, a day with this read, does not go down in history as anything more than drab with a pinch of cute thrown in.

My recommentdation (although not that of the majority) is, don't purchase. Borrow from a friend or a library and save your money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christian fiction with humor April 22, 2006
Format:Paperback
Boo by Rene Gutteridge is lots of fun to read. Gutteridge has lots of fun making plays on the characters' names and speculating about what life would be like in a horror author's hometown. Wolfe Boone's horror stories have built the town of Skary, Indiana. All of the local businesses make money from tourism based on his books. So what happens when Wolfe (known as Boo to the local townsfolk) has a spritiual conversion? Everyone's secrets will come out! Miss Peeples is a hoot! The Christianity seems more like a plot device than actual faith until the end of the book when Wolfe finally reveals who showed him the gospel. Ainsley obsession with Martha Stewart is fun, but sometimes seems to overwhelm her character. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing how characters grow in faith and humor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I started 2005 with "BOO" by Rene Gutteridge, and after the drag at work had me so pooped, I picked up this book that I got as a Christmas present, and was hooked. I'd put my daughter to bed for the evening, and I'm glad she was sleeping, because within a few pages, I was rolling with laughter! There were places in this book where I'd be on lunch in the break room at work, I'd start literally howling, and people wondered what was up. So, expect people to wonder where your medication is when you read this, and tell them, "THIS is IT!"

I remembered when I first heard the main man's name was Wolfe, the same name as myself. Now, I was named after author Thomas Wolfe, but I never figured I'd run into a book that would catch my attention with the main character named Wolfe. But, he becomes a Christian in this town called Skary. What makes things really weird is the fact that he's a well known horror writer, and this town is all about Wolfe Boone, better known as Boo. So, leave it to Miss Missy Peeple, the town gossip, to try and get things back to the way they were. And Ainsley Parker, daughter of the Sheriff is the main attraction of Mr. Wolfe Boone. Ainsley Parker, works at The Haunted Mansion, which happens to be a restaurant that has delightful choices. How about some queasy quesadillas, with some bloody fingers. Maybe have the special of the day, Mad Cow meat loaf with a screamy potato?

But Wolfe is what I'd call a very likable person. People want to know who witnessed to him in the first place. I mean, his editor, Alfred Tennison even wants to know when his next work is due out, and man, are citizens of Skary sure getting nervous! And while Wolfe is someone you like instantly, you really learn to dislike Missy Peeple.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring faith filled love story
I love this book! Love story plus faith plus mystery all in one book. Characters are relate able and interesting.
Published 17 days ago by Karen Porter
2.0 out of 5 stars not merely annoying. And why Ainsley ever has anything to do ...
I listened to the third book in th series first; if I'd listened to this one first, I would never have listened to another. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melinda Bouwman
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the surprise ending about the cat. So much so that I bought other copies for my friends.
Published 4 months ago by Verna F. Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quirky Read!!
I love Rene Gutteridge. Her plots and story lines are unique and fun, and her characters....are outstanding! Such a clever story! Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by Renee Angelica
3.0 out of 5 stars Think, obvious read
Got this for a book club. Thought it was too thinly written overall with way too much emphasis on the "way" through Christianity. Read more
Published on February 8, 2013 by CoMtWoman
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK BOO
the book boo arrived in excellant condition and very quickly. i was very happy. i will use amazon again soon. i havent read BOO yet but plan to soon.
Published on January 28, 2013 by karen s maier karen maier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A very good story with great characters. It has humor, romance and scheming. Well worth the price; it would make an excellent movie.
Published on September 28, 2012 by RickL
5.0 out of 5 stars Skary comedy! Intriguing cast!
Before this book, I had no interest in comedy except in movies, this may actually change that.
Just the thought of a horror novelist in a formerly unknown town converting to... Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Jason Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a fun story!
Wolfe Boone, known as "Boo", is why Skary Indiana is even on the map. A horror novelist who keeps pumping out the best sellers and drawing in the tourists. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Sheila A. Dechantal
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
This book has fun characters and a fast-moving, entertaining plot. And it's the first book of a series -- Yay! Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by N. Spross
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More About the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.

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