249 of 264 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
When I'm looking for a quick, light-hearted, funny read, I'll often grab a well-loved Jennifer Crusie or Kristan Higgins. New author Tracy Brogan is definitely getting added to the list. I thought "Crazy Little Thing" was a hoot! I laughed out loud so many times that my husband started giving me the stink eye. The dialogue between characters may have been a little over the top sometimes, but other times was so real that I felt like the author had listened in conversations I've had with my own friends (a band of smart-mouth, sarcastic chicks if there ever was one). Were there some character cliches? Sure, but it didn't make it any less funny. The book had its quiet moments too, which made for a nice breather in between antics. If I want a serious, deep, insightful read, I'll grab War & Peace (has anyone ever actually read that book?). If I want to laugh and sigh and dream about a gorgeous Scottish hunk who inexplicably falls madly in love with me, I'll come back to Tracy Brogan.
116 of 130 people found the following review helpful
Crazy Little Thing -- When her divorce is final, Sadie Turner packs her kids up and heads to the beach town of Bell Harbor, Michigan to try and regroup while visiting her eccentric Aunt Dody. Enter the handsome single neighbor, her two adult cousins who are also living at home, and her scheming ex and you have the recipe for an at times laugh-out-loud romance. I'll admit that the beginning dragged. Sadie is not immediately likable - she's grumpy and so locked in a pity party about her divorce that you want to reach in the pages and throttle her rather than keep turning them. She does get some better, but all the characters tended toward predictable and stereotypical. Despite that, it's a fun, fluffy, fast read that hits the spot if that's what you're looking for.
81 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
I loved this contemporary romance! With a sympathetic heroine, a super-hot hero, and a cast of secondary characters that makes you want to read the whole book in one sitting, Crazy Little Thing has it all. Engaging, quick read that had me laughing out loud in places. The author's voice is witty and engaging-- not to be missed!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
I had so much fun reading this book, it was romantic & real & really funny. I love books that make me laugh out loud - in public- so that people look at me & wonder. I'm so sure they wanted to peek at the title so they could rush right out & get their own copy it would be that good. And I realized, too, that other people have an Aunt Do die, gifts love that!!
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
What a fun story!!
Bring together a very recently divorced Sadie with her Aunt Dody, brothers Jasper and Fontaine, and Des, a real hunky emergency room doctor in Bell Harbor, Michigan and you have the makings of a good romance story. Add that Sadie brings her 4 and 6 year old children as she escapes into her aunt's dotty attitude and malapropisms and the fact that Fontaine is gay and it begins to look even more interesting. Sadie's whole family seems dedicated to double-entendres, smart remarks and stories of misspent youth, while her daughter Paige's misunderstanding of adult humor leaves you rolling on the floor laughing.
Aunt Dody and Fontaine are dedicated to matchmaking with Sadie and Des. That is greatly complicated by Sadie's emphatic decision to never fall in love or marry again and Des' role as a temporary fill-in for the regular emergency room doctor. Sadie and Fontaine both find Des tremendously attractive. Since Sadie's ex-husband Richard has successfully torn apart Sadie's self esteem, she enters into a friendship with Des afraid of her own shadow. She second-guesses both her own and Des's actions and words, always putting the worst possible spin on them.
This is a well-written light-hearted romp with a truly dysfunctional cast of characters. I loved it!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
Sadie, late 20's, divorced mother of two young kids, decides to spend the summer by Lake Michigan with her kooky aunt and assorted grown-up male cousins. There she meets Des, 36yo Scottish doctor, and an offbeat courtship/relationship ensues.
This was a pretty quick read. Although it wanted to be really funny, it came off more as ridiculous in my opinion. I've read other romances where I actually laughed out loud (some books by Sophie Kinsella, for one) but this was not really one of them. However, it was still an enjoyable read--Des was totally HOT and a nice guy without being a wuss or a control freak--best case scenario.
Sadie JUST skirted the edge of being one of those heroines who says, "I don't know why he would like me, I'm such a mess" and you find yourself agreeing with her. She pulled back just enough between the ridiculous acts of craziness that I wasn't totally annoyed with her. Although, strangely, I never really got a sense of what she looked like. Brown hair and eyes, and she denigrated herself at every turn. But others said she was beautiful, even her ex and he was a total narcissist who would probably never be caught dead with anyone rating less than a 9. She said she had worked out like crazy to try to "help her marriage" before the divorce so her body was great, but a few pages later, she'd be saying how she had to stand up straight and suck in her gut when Des was near. She just never came into focus.
There's a bit of sex in the book but none of it is graphic or even detailed. Even so it didn't bother me. I would have liked to have seen more of Sadie and Des as a couple among other people. It seemed like almost every time they were together and happy, it was in private. Any other time they were shown in public something ridiculous happened. Ridiculous was a running theme in this book. When they went sailing with Des's friends, it was the only time they were out among others that some kind of zaniness didn't occur. Truthfully, I spent the whole chapter waiting for her to fall in the water or something.
In any event, the reason I decided to write this review is because if I had known before reading what I found out on THE LAST PAGE I would not have bought the book:
There seem to be whole chapters missing in the end. Sadie never has any kind of real understanding or communication with her mother. It was like her mother was just a one-dimensional prop to show Sadie what she could turn into, without explaining why or how she got there. At one point, Sadie's aunt sums the mother up in one line--someone must have disappointed her at some point and it made her not trust anyone. Could she be any more vague??
We don't find out if Sadie's aunt will be okay. Although, that vagueness didn't bother me as much as the first.
BUT, the biggest problem for me, was the fact that AT NO TIME, not even when Des comes back and tells Sadie he needs her and she makes him "flustered" does he EVER say, he loves her. And she doesn't either. As a matter of fact, Sadie says a couple of times that she isn't in love with him, or she might be falling for him. The only time she actually says she loves Des, is when she's lying to her ex.
I was so floored. It was bad enough the author waits until the last 2 friggin' pages to get them back together. But then to not even reach the finish line (in these books, the L word is the finish line IMO), was completely disappointing. I was so annoyed, I reread the last few pages to make sure I hadn't missed it. But--no! He never says he loves her.
So there you have it--ridiculous zaniness with some amusing side characters and a hot leading man but, in the end, unsatisfying--for me, at least.
41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
I wanted to like this book. I usually love chick lit - if it's written remotely well. This is not.
The central character, Sadie, is a whiney, desperate and immature divorcee. She cries so much, and it's not about her ex or her kids, it's always about her stupid crush. The characters are adults, but the drama reads like bad, cliché, juvenile high school drama. And we're supposed to be talking about the life of a grown ass woman here. A mother, at that.
Sadie's love interest is unrealistically patient with her. Sadie's relationship with her sister has a teen dynamic, not an adult one. Her crazy aunt Dody is a caricature, not a character.
Don't even get me STARTED on the typification of gay men in this book. Let's look at Sadie's gay cousin, for example. He's a gossipy, loud, raunchy interior designer who constantly talks about how gay he is. And he changed his name to "Fontaine." I'm sorry, but this makes me doubt that Tracy Brogan has ever met a gay man in her life.
I hated this book. Everything about it. Beginning to end.
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
I couldn't even finish this book, it was terrible. It was cheap and had good ratings so I thought I would give it a try. It was very poorly written, the cheesiest jokes I have seen in awhile, like a 10 year old spouting off 'knock knock" jokes. I kept reading thinking it would get better but Sadie's awkward exchanges with Des were too much. I don't review often but I just cannot understand what the other readers liked about this book. Thought I should warn other readers.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Sadie caught her hubby with his hand up a co-worker's skirt and mistletoe dangling from his crotch. Suddenly all the past uneasy thoughts and suspicions were validated. Fast forward a little over a year later and the divorce is final. Sadie is headed to her crazy aunt Dody's house on Lake Michigan for a summer vacation with her 2 kids.
Sadie spends her days watching the sexy Scottish Doctor neighbor, Des, jog, while trying to convince herself she isn't interested in him romantically.
Crazy Little Thing is filled with jokes, craziness and a family I felt right at home with. They are lovable in their eccentricities, yet still so everyday normal! Had Aunt Dody not been so flighty she could have been my aunt. Her cluttered, lovable and free spiritedness was so familiar and heartwarming to me.
The romance between Des and Sadie is adorable and real. It is filled with all the excitement of new relationships and all the fumbles that happen when you really start to get to know someone.
As much as I loved the laughs, the family and Des and Sadie's romance, there is something that held me back from completely falling under this book's spell. I can't quite put my finger on it as I don't think the current content is lacking, it's that there is a depth or layer of the story that was never explored or added. I feel like there is a layer of emotion or feeling that was left out. All the right ingredients, it just wasn't nurtured to its full potential - If that makes any sense.
The author hails from Michigan, my home state. As a fellow Michigander I feel the need to point out that the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in Lake Superior, not Erie. As I read an advanced readers copy, I am hoping this mistake gets corrected before the final edit.
This book is definitely a fun, light-hearted and smiley read. I grinned almost constantly and it left me missing the summer when I too was lounging on a sandy Lake Michigan beach!
Cherise Everhard, October 2012
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
I read a lot of the reviews for this book and thought it sounded like one I would really like. I was surprised at how amateurish some of the writing is and how often the author repeated the same thoughts. Alright already - I get it. The ex-husband is a jerk and Des is gorgeous and perfect "even his knees are cute". GAG The only flaw he has is maybe his ears are too big. Also, what's with the pinging and ponging and other weird stuff going on every time Sadie meets up with the hunk? I haven't finished the book yet. Will probably read it through to the end but too unrealistic and cutesy for my taste. The other thing I don't understand is the few people who gave this book a mediocre rating had comments that didn't match up with a one or two star rating. If you give something less than three stars, do you really say "Great read" and "I loved this book"?? Made me think some of the reviewers were fake. This is definitely an author that I won't be clamoring to read all her books!