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Boo by [Gutteridge, Rene]
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Talk about Working out Your Faith with Fear and Trembling.

The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone–or, "Boo," as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its "bloody fingers" (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky's Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary–and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.

Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, Boo shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.

About the Author

Rene Gutteridge is the author of Ghost Writer and Troubled Waters. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3282 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1578565731
  • Publisher: WaterBrook; 1 edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RNYGOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This novel's cover and title nabbed my attention, but the first chapter hooked me for good. I was laughing out loud within the first few pages, and then--horror of horrors--forced my wife to listen to some of these scenes. She bore with me. Even giggled. Laughed out loud, as well.
I sped on, enjoying the tale of Wolfe Boone, "Boo," a newly converted horror writer, who throws his town of Skary, Indiana into an uproar when his faith threatens to derail his writing career. This town has built its tourism upon his career. What ever will they do? Even more engaging: what will Ainsley Parker do? She is the one waitress at the local Haunted Mansion restaurant who resents Boone's presence and refuses to serve him.
Until she has no other choice. And discovers he's not all she's made him out to be. In fact, he's somewhat...handsome!
The story is quaint, romantic, and often hilarious. The lengths gone to by these townfolk to backslide their pet writer and revive the community are amusing. Along the way, you discover the mystery of the town's many black cats, the taste of Mad Cow Meatloaf, the vision to see past other's reputations, and the sound of your own laughter. Have fun!
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I enjoyed this book, being a fan of 'quirky' people, as I am.

My main complaint was the way the horror fiction and films were all portrayed as seeming to be 'of the devil.'-I am a fan of the horror genre, and I am also a Christian..so, it being implied that it isn't Christian to like a certain type of FICTION, well, I must confess: I was irritated.

The rest of the story I found enjoyable though, and, am in the middle of reading the sequel, ("Boo Hoo"), as I type this-which is equally as good!
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Well... I am shocked that I am a dissenter on this one!

It is a "cute" story. However, the plot is very simple and very predictable. Perhaps I had my hopes too high after reading the reviews here that had prompted me to read the book. While I read, I kept waiting for the story to really grab me. Unfortunatley, it did not. The further I got in the book the more I realized that the "hook" I was waiting for was not to be found.

It is not a bad book, but not great either. Very ho-hum in my opinion. It is reflective of what I always thought Christian fiction would be - references to the faith, but slow and...well... a bit boring. This is only the second piece of Christian fiction I have read - the first being "Bad Ground" by W. Dale Cramer - a fantastic book! After reading "Bad Ground" I was shocked that Christian fiction could be so great! I had to get on to another one right away and "Boo" was next in line. Unfortunatly, it fell short of the mark. A more interesting plot, better character development, and/or better prose in general, might have saved the day. For me, a day with this read, does not go down in history as anything more than drab with a pinch of cute thrown in.

My recommentdation (although not that of the majority) is, don't purchase. Borrow from a friend or a library and save your money.
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Boo by Rene Gutteridge is lots of fun to read. Gutteridge has lots of fun making plays on the characters' names and speculating about what life would be like in a horror author's hometown. Wolfe Boone's horror stories have built the town of Skary, Indiana. All of the local businesses make money from tourism based on his books. So what happens when Wolfe (known as Boo to the local townsfolk) has a spritiual conversion? Everyone's secrets will come out! Miss Peeples is a hoot! The Christianity seems more like a plot device than actual faith until the end of the book when Wolfe finally reveals who showed him the gospel. Ainsley obsession with Martha Stewart is fun, but sometimes seems to overwhelm her character. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing how characters grow in faith and humor.
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Before this book, I had no interest in comedy except in movies, this may actually change that.
Just the thought of a horror novelist in a formerly unknown town converting to the Christian faith is quirky enough (especially to a horror fan like myself), but add to that quite a quirky cast of a variety of characters (not all of them in lightest aspects), then you've got a laugh-out-loud story with obvious and subtle humor, a dash of heartbreaking moments, slow (and meaningful) moments that add poignant depth to certain characters, and this becomes a very nice start of what seem to be a flat-out hysterical series.
Can't wait to read what happens next to Wolfe Boone and Ainsley Parker.
And Thief...
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Got this for a book club. Thought it was too thinly written overall with way too much emphasis on the "way" through Christianity. Folks can be good, can be positive contributors to our community without having to "find Christ." As even a non-practicing Jew, I found this whole storyline somewhat offensive. However, even its weak points made for good book club discussion.
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I started 2005 with "BOO" by Rene Gutteridge, and after the drag at work had me so pooped, I picked up this book that I got as a Christmas present, and was hooked. I'd put my daughter to bed for the evening, and I'm glad she was sleeping, because within a few pages, I was rolling with laughter! There were places in this book where I'd be on lunch in the break room at work, I'd start literally howling, and people wondered what was up. So, expect people to wonder where your medication is when you read this, and tell them, "THIS is IT!"

I remembered when I first heard the main man's name was Wolfe, the same name as myself. Now, I was named after author Thomas Wolfe, but I never figured I'd run into a book that would catch my attention with the main character named Wolfe. But, he becomes a Christian in this town called Skary. What makes things really weird is the fact that he's a well known horror writer, and this town is all about Wolfe Boone, better known as Boo. So, leave it to Miss Missy Peeple, the town gossip, to try and get things back to the way they were. And Ainsley Parker, daughter of the Sheriff is the main attraction of Mr. Wolfe Boone. Ainsley Parker, works at The Haunted Mansion, which happens to be a restaurant that has delightful choices. How about some queasy quesadillas, with some bloody fingers. Maybe have the special of the day, Mad Cow meat loaf with a screamy potato?

But Wolfe is what I'd call a very likable person. People want to know who witnessed to him in the first place. I mean, his editor, Alfred Tennison even wants to know when his next work is due out, and man, are citizens of Skary sure getting nervous! And while Wolfe is someone you like instantly, you really learn to dislike Missy Peeple.
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