- File Size: 810 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Joypenny Press (April 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C5TOQ7M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With some cutting and editing, I could see this being a funny little movie.
I loved the writing and the oddball characters. If it weren't for them, this might not be as enjoyable as it was. It was both sad and funny, but man did I love Jane! And who didn't love Sparky!? I felt a little sad that Jane was already 35 and couldn't find anyone special in her life that wasn't a jerk. Well she held a torch for someone, she just didn't have the courage to grab what she wanted. But alas, fate steps in and works it all out, like it usually does.
I was glad that she started to grab life by the ba**s and get going. She seemed to be the only person holding herself back. She was only happy-ish because she didn't allow happy to fully take over her life. When she started to, she was on a roll and nothing was stopping her!
I laughed so much while reading this book. Some of the situations involving Sparky were the best I've read!
I got this book free on Amazon and I'd say it's definitely worth the read!!
I'll be the first to admit, I DETEST "Chick-Lit". I cringe at the sappy romances and unrealistic stories that flood the genre. With that said, I eyed this book cautiously wondering if it would live up to it's unique description. Ultimately, curiosity prevailed and I took the plunge. I'm so glad I did. The author skillfully captured the essence of women's lives in their 30's; the dating scene, messy home or apartment rentals with stray socks under the bed, scattered take-out containers, family drama including mother's that begin to wonder if their daughter will ever find a husband, and a job that feels like a dead-end chore. The author captures all of this and more, turns it on it's head and makes the somewhat depressing incredibly, laugh out loud hilarious.
Jane's story, while incredibly funny, also carries with it important life lessons presented in a subtle yet impacting way. I won't say what these lessons are as I believe it's up to the reader to interpret the novel's deeper meanings. The fact that the author was able to convey these lessons in such a light-hearted and downright goofy way further illustrates her talent as a writer.
Other reviewers have already covered the story and bare bones of the book in detail so I won't go in depth about what others have already said. In brief, this novel is written extremely well, the atmosphere is rich and vibrant in its descriptions, each character is unique and quirky, and the novel is well-edited.
It has been a very long time since I've read a novel where I have felt so connected to the characters; each one reminding me of someone in my own life. I am certain that every reader will be able to connect characters from this novel to friends and family of their own. I was extremely invested in the story line and cannot remember the last time a novel made me laugh so hard and so frequently, while at the same time conveying a greater message about life, love, self-worth and purpose.
I highly recommend this novel. If you are like me and avoid "chick-lit" like it's a contagious disease, don't pass this one by. I'm glad I didn't. This novel should act as a beacon for the genre, as an example for other authors of how to write a realistic(ish) book about aging, women, men, friends, family and love that ordinary, real people can connect with. Well done to the author, Cara Trautman, for writing such an engaging novel. It left me feeling very...happy(ish).
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