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Stormin' Mormon [Kindle Edition]

Phil Villarreal
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When smart, sassy student Jerusha is assigned to interview sports radio talk show host, Saul, for a media arts class, there is an unmistakable chemistry between them. Both are insecure in long-term relationships, however, with nice but uninteresting people; Jerusha with the computer-obsessed Jared, and Saul with the perky but boring Shannon.

Together, they form a plan to drive their significant others away without having to go through the awkwardness of simply breaking up. The plan is this: Pretend to convert to Mormonism and then become so totally Mormon that their lovers will have no choice but to leave.

Editorial Reviews


Phil Villarreal's "Stormin' Mormon" doesn't just storm, it rocks and rolls to a quirky beat all its own. With a keen eye for character and an ear for laugh-out-loud dialogue, Villarreal has written an entertaining, off-the-wall romantic comedy. -- John Fusco, February 11, 2008

The novel remains fun and humorous rather than sinking into a pit of mean-spirited Mormon bashing, as the plan might suggest. -- Astrid Duffy, Arizona Daily Wildcat, Feb. 21, 2008

About the Author

Phil Villarreal is a movie and video games critic at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.

Product Details

  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phil Villarreal (July 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars drags on at times June 26, 2008
I am glad a friend passed this on to me to read. I would have hated to have to buy it. It is a story not unlike many other stories. Drags on at times to the point that I finally closed the book and threw it into the discount book pile at my local bookstore.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Bad September 21, 2009
Using Mormonism as a way to irritate ones partner away might sound funny in idea, but as executed in this novel it is amazingly derivative. If the author was looking to shock for comedy, than why not have his characters suddenly become Muslim and try to run their partners off by making vague threats about the government.... ah, thats because Mormons are an easy target but Muslim comedy starts riots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really hate Saul. January 16, 2012
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I actually read this book. I might be the only reviewer (save the author) to do so.

My take: Saul is a shock jock with a tough on-air persona. Jerusha, a femme fatale who charms her way into anything she wants (save the music industry), selects Saul as interviewee for a school project after hearing him spout some sports douchebaggery on the radio. The two meet and instantly connect. Jerusha refuses to break up with her nice boyfriend, Jared (a nod to the Mormon husband-wife team behind Napoleon Dynamite?), even though she doesn't seem to like him. Saul is too much of a wimp to dump his hot girlfriend. They make a pact to pretend to be Mormons so their insignificant others will end their relationships, and they can be happy together. (*Spoilers ahead) Their weird plan (immediately) succeeds and Saul and Jerusha begin spending copious amounts of time together. Then Jerusha cheats on a test and gets kicked out of school, Saul gets her a job at his radio station, Saul goes nuts on air and is put on suspension, and... Jerusha takes over his radio show! OMG! Ultimately, the two realize that witty banter is all they really share, so they become co-hosts on Saul's show and set about winning back their old lovers. Saul's lady has, sadly, moved on. Jerusha, after rediscovering her own faith, finds out Jared has been secretly becoming a Mormon for her.

The premise appealed to me, but a fatal flaw in the plot that prevented me from enjoying this book. Saul is a wuss. He's not in love with his girlfriend, but he refuses to break up with her because she'll cry. WTF. Like a badass, he tries to return some stolen CDs to Best Buy and, when he thinks the manager's caught him, nearly wets himself at the sight of a security guard. Jerusha, on the other hand, is hot stuff, and she knows it.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book has bad grammer June 26, 2008
I did not enjoy this book because I do not understand much about Mormons. I knew this before coming in to the book so this is a bit biased, I do enjoy animated books though and I felt it should have had more of that. It drags on a bit at times even though it is short.
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More About the Author

Phil Villarreal is the author of "Secrets of a Stingy Scounderl: 100
Dirty, Little Money-Saving Secrets" and "Stormin' Mormon." He has been
a movie critic since 2001, writing for the Arizona Daily Star, OK!
Magazine and He freelances for Engadget and MoneyUnder30.


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