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Animal Cracker Paperback – June 6, 2013
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Brown has a light touch...avoiding gratuitous sentimentality. The characters' well-developed back stories allow readers to make sense of their personalities and choices. Diane's wry, comic voice is smart and enjoyable...Hal's well-drawn narcissism is funny and exasperating, and the excerpt from the book he's "writing" is a dead-on portrayal of egotistical self-delusion. In the end, Diane and her friends cook up an extremely satisfying and well-timed showdown that will leave readers satisfied. A sweet, but not saccharine, comic novel. - Kirkus
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The main character Diane is young and idealistic but she can see that the real world doesn't work the way she hoped did. I liked her and her office mates so much that I would love to read another book about them.
Brown creates distinctive characters with authentic voices. My favorites include pink-loving queen of donor relations Mary-Day, and the vulnerable Katelyn, a receptionist with terrible taste in lovers. Diane herself is a great mix of steel and self-consciousness. This is not a woman who has her life together by any stretch of the imagination, but she knows right from wrong and goes to hysterical lengths to see justice prevail.
At one point, when Diane and her reporter roommate travel to Colorado to uncover Hal's secret, the plot edges dangerously close to farce. And I never did buy the author's description of Hal as an aging Brad Pitt type. I kept envisioning him as Ed Begley Jr in one of his slimier roles, say,the philandering college professor in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. On the other hand, Brown's descriptions of Boston--especially north Boston--put you right there. I wanted to get on a plane and visit some of the restaurants in her Little Italy.
ANIMAL CRACKER is a light, funny read. Well worth missing a night's sleep.
The further into the book you go, the faster things happen.She concocts a daring research adventure with her journalist roommate that can have disastrous consequences in any thing goes wrong, and left me riveted to the page.
The reason it's 4 stars instead of 5 is that the author has an interesting take on paragraphs, occasionally putting them in where it isn't necessary, which sometimes makes it confusing who is talking. Is it the person who was just speaking? Or have we changed speakers? She also sometimes forgets quote marks where they are needed, and they show up where they are not. Despite this, it is a delightful book.