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In Stereo Where Available [Kindle Edition]

Becky Anderson
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Book Description

Phoebe Kassner didn't set out to become a 29-year-old virgin, but she is, and, having just been dumped by her boyfriend, she doesn't see that situation changing anytime soon. Meanwhile, her twin sister Madison—aspiring actress, small-time model, and queen of the short attention span—has just been eliminated on the first round of Singing Sensation. Things aren't looking so great for either of them, but when Phoebe, victim of a fake phone number written on a cocktail napkin, receives a surprise voice mail from a guy named Jerry, she takes pity on him and calls, setting in motion a serendipitous love story neither of them saw coming. And suddenly Madison has a romance of her own, as one of 12 women competing for two men on a ruthless, over-the-top reality show. As Phoebe falls in love with the jilted high school English teacher who never intended to call her in the first place, Madison's falling in love, too, clawing and fighting her way through a tide of adorable blondes.


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"With her charming debut, Anderson has created an appealing new subgenre—the kinder, gentler chick-lit novel. . . . Nicely done."   —Library Journal

About the Author

Becky Anderson is a humor and fiction writer who won her first writing award at age 17. She has worked as a freelance editor for a local newspaper as well as award-winning novelists. She lives in Bowie, Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK8TSI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted fun misadventures October 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
In Silver Springs, Maryland twenty-nine years old first grade school teacher Phoebe Kassner remains a virgin, not by choice, but by circumstance. She thought her latest boyfriend Bill would be the one but he dumped her before they slept together.

Phoebe knows she is the complete opposite of her twin sister Grace "call me Madison", who hopes to make it in Hollywood. After begin tossed in the first round of Singing Sensation, Madison is on the Yank team of the Belle of Georgia reality show.

Meanwhile Phoebe gets a call from high school teacher Jerry Sullivan, who thinks she is Karen, a teacher eh met at a recent conference. Apparently Karen not only gave out the wrong number, but Phoebe's email address too. Feeling sorry for Jerry, Phoebe meets him and they start dating before falling in love even as Madison finds a southern gentleman to her liking.

Teenage stepsister Alexa, who is in Jerry's English class, sums up the plot quite well with the potential of her having three sibling-in-laws (there is an older stepbrother) if the twins get their acts together. The amusing story line is lighthearted fun as Phoebe and Jerry fall in love while in the background reality TV is satirized by the antics of Madison and her rivals. With a neat afterward involving Karen, readers will appreciate the double the fun misadventures of the twins IN STEREO WHERE AVAILABLE.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender. Smile Provoking. Real February 4, 2008
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When 29 year old Phoebe Kastner's cell phone rings, she lets the message unit pick up. It's a wrong number, some guy asking for someone named Karen. When the same thing happens again a few days later, she realizes the poor guy has been given a fake number. After agonizing over whether she should or not, she finally calls him - just to say who he's actually been calling. He has a nice voice - and is clearly so happy it's Karen calling back - Phoebe hasn't the heart to reveal the truth. He asks for her e-mail. E-mail would make telling him much easier. She gives him the address. A few seconds later, a short note arrives, attached to a sweet little poem. He's sensitive. Phoebe is impressed, and more than a little interested.

So begins the central plot of this honest and almost painfully realistic portrayal of a woman who's reached a turning point. Every effort Phoebe has made to build a lasting relationship has fallen short. She's almost ready to give up, can hardly bear another failure, but slowly, inch by inch, she tries again and the journey makes absorbing and heartrending reading.

After critiquing a few million words by some wonderful writers, I know the polished prose of a professional writer when I see it. This is the real stuff. Author Anderson is flawless in the mechanics and at her strongest in the characterizations she builds. The players on stage feel and act like real people.

I picked this one up because my daughter said it was great. Despite being male, over 65, and a writer of adventure novels, which means I'm not part of the normal audience this story will attract, I found myself rooting hard for Phoebe and Jerry to make it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time... October 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
There is little character development and a lot of ridiculousness (and not in the adventurous & fun way) that make this story unlikeable. At first, I liked Phoebe and Jerry and was rooting for them, but the more pathetic their situation got, the more I was turned off.

**Spoilers ahead**

-He was an alcoholic, tells her, and then she gets upset when his mother tells him about it?
-He has anger management issues (beating up the boyband guy, the photographer, etc.) that seem to be perfectly okay.
-He quit drinking because he got drunk and lost his virginity at 21? Right, that's realistic.
-They knew one another for 3 months and we're supposed to think it's great that they're rushing into marriage?
-Oh, how romantic! He says "I love you" and then immediately rushes to the nearest motel so they can have sex.
-He has what seems to be an unhealthy sex drive and little self control... Yet that isn't an issue?
-They come thisclose to breaking up because Phoebe is immature and insecure and then they, again, make a rash decision on a road trip - this time essentially having a Vegas wedding.
-She immediately starts calling herself by his last name even though there's no way she's been able to legally change her name yet.
-She's so immature she can't handle being separated from her "husband" for an hour to watch her sister get married.
-Where did Jerry's sister, niece and nephew go? They disappeared without explanation after his proposal.

There was also a lot of unnecessary mentions of God. Religion had nothing to do with the plot and I felt that the author was trying to insinuate that church is part of "good" people's lives.

Phoebe didn't seem to be making many good decisions and reminded me a lot of someone in high school who is still flailing about. She did not act like a mature adult woman and that was really disappointing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! January 25, 2008
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Becky Anderson has crafted a fine first novel. "In Stereo Where Available" is a fun, well-written satire about the increasingly crazy world of dating and reality TV. The networks need to take notice and make "Belle of Georgia" into their next series; I don't think reality TV could be funnier. While Phoebe navigates her way through the realities of a serious relationship with Jerry, and Madison careens through quasi-stardom, the reader is free to sit back and enjoy the story, which is full of hilarious dialogue, memorable characters, and very sharp observations about our culture's obsession with media, fame, and, of course, finding the perfect mate. Highly recommended, and I can't wait to see what this author is going to come out with next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Electronic books may be quicker but will never be better than a real...
I loved the story line however the book was so filled with gramatical errors and words that were spelled correctly but had no context in the story I found it a difficult read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ralph E. Self
4.0 out of 5 stars Loads going on.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were flawed but endearing, the plot was engaging and it even had a few ethical issues added in as a bonus! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Splodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and well written
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and captivating, it kept me turning pages to the end. The author has a very relatable and authentic style that makes the book a pleasure... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathy B
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel-good read
This novel was a pleasure to read. The characters were like old friends: interesting and not quite predictable. Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by PacMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly breaking rules of the romance genre
A disclaimer: I never read chick lit, but I bought this novel because the author has such a good reputation. "In Stereo" was full of surprises. Read more
Published on May 23, 2010 by Carol Kean
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Men Don't Always Read Tom Clancy
ISWA is a delight, albeit probably 180 degrees opposite of a Clancy tome mostly likely found clutched in the hands of the average male reader. Read more
Published on May 23, 2009 by Gary Presley
5.0 out of 5 stars Twins..but Oh-so different
I read this book because my son told me his friend's wife had just published a novel...Some call this chic-lit...almost scared me off. Read more
Published on April 2, 2009 by S. Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a funny chick lit novel
With its opening scenes Becky Anderson's book In Stereo Where Available fools you into believing it's just another funny chick lit novel, but it offers a lot more. Read more
Published on October 11, 2008 by Edith
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty satire makes chick-lit novel a delight
There is a lot more than sweet romance to Becky Anderson's debut novel, In Stereo Where Available. While the complicated developing relationship between two strongly delineated... Read more
Published on July 12, 2008 by Meg Westley
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read that touches on some poignant issues
On the surface, this is an entertaining, and often very funny, chick-lit novel. Phoebe, the heroine, is desperate to find true love - and lose her virginity. Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by J. J. Mackenzie
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