After reading and loving Tina Ferraro's previous books, I knew I had to have The Starter Boyfriend. She has a wonderful way of writing heroines you want as your best friend and heroes to die for. In this book, there are not one but two heroes. Kind of. "Hero" number one is a guy Courtney Walsh can count on to always be there. He's a solid, stand-up guy with chiseled good looks. Oh, and he's a mannequin in the tuxedo rental store where Courtney works. If he were real, he would make the ideal first boyfriend. She christens him Tux, and tells him her problems.
And, boy, does she have problems. Her friends on the softball team are increasingly becoming party girls and encourage Courtney to join in. For Courtney, it's a constant struggle to stay on the right path. She's determined not to follow in her absentee mother's footsteps, who's a recovering alcoholic. Add to that, the pressure of trying to keep her household together for the sake of her dad while maintaining her grades and part-time job.
Enter hero number two -- talented surfer Adam. Courtney has known him for years. He's everything Tux is, only he's made of real flesh and blood. But he's never really paid any attention to her. Mainly because surfing is his life. Courtney tries to fight her attraction for him, and she's almost relieved when her friend Saffron makes a move on him. Almost. Can Courtney be content to have Tux as her starter boyfriend, or will she fight for real love?
This is a wonderful book about loyalty, family ties, and finding your way in the world. It's funny (there's a hilarious scene involving one of our two heroes and a midnight road-trip) and light-hearted, but it also has emotional depth. I loved it!