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How to Date Dead Guys Paperback – July 15, 2014
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About the Author
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I've chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can't wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I'd love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger's time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
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*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review (but I also bought a copy for myself)*
I didn’t expect this book to affect me the way it did.
With such a quirky, fun title and premise, even though I read some other reviews, I didn’t quite believe them. But listen to the other reviews and listen to this one—the character development, and the development of relationships between characters, for Emma, all the dead guys she brings back, and even some of the smaller side characters was real, believable, and absolutely phenomenal.
And the book was so much more meaningful and deep and touching and heart-wrenching than I thought it would be. I don’t full-on cry over books, but I did shed some tears and get watery eyes numerous times while reading. I’m a series girl because it usually takes me numerous books to really connect to characters and get emotional about them, but every dead guy introduced in this book somehow managed to worm his way into my heart. I just really felt for the characters and the struggles and heaviness of the situations they were in, and I couldn’t believe how quickly I got attached to each one.
As for the premise, I was imagining that the main character would do a spell and then a bunch of ghosts would rise up and follow her around. Instead, well, I’ll let you have the fun of discovering it as you read and just say it was very unique and creative and kept getting more interesting and complicated (in a great way) as the book went on!
I did have some general issues in the beginning (like the immaturity of the protagonist), but they faded away as I got sucked in, and eventually they all proved to be a purposeful part of the story.
So this wasn’t a dark book, but it wasn’t rainbows and unicorns either. It was fun and quirky, but it was also serious and emotional. It would make me laugh on one page then cry on the next. And even though this book dealt with topics of death and life and what it means to really live, it didn’t so much make me think as it just made me feel. Overall, it was just kind of beautiful.
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)
She's pretty but doesn't know it because she keeps comparing herself to her roommate who is not only beautiful but also her exact opposite when it comes to dealing with the world at large - especially with the men who make up roughly half the population.
When the studious Ms. Roberts develops a crush on the handsome younger brother of her roommate's boyfriend it's not surprising, therefore, that she gets tongue-tied every time she comes into close contact with him. Things do get a little better as they get to know each other but Emma has a long way to go before she feels completely at ease around him.
She doesn't get the chance, however, to get comfortable with her feelings and with him. The reason: The object of Emma's affections drowns.
That's as much of the plot of Ann M. Noser's excellent "How to Date Dead Guys" that I'm going to reveal because to let you in on what happens next would be unfair to her and to you as a reader. Suffice it to say that you're in for a treat as this novel shifts into high gear with enough little twists and turns to make it far more than just "interesting."
Emma is an unlikely heroine in much the same way that EM Kaplan's food-critic-turned-detective Josie Tucker is. Emma is rich and has been pampered her entire life; her mother is everything she isn't - stylish, self assured and gorgeous. Emma isn't really sure of what she's doing a good share of the time and trusting to her instincts instead of hard facts is difficult for her. She is, in truth, far more comfortable with mathematical equations than she is with her gut feelings and her unwillingness to trust her instincts causes problems for her throughout the book.
Noser has surrounded Emma with a wonderful cast of characters including both her roommate and her mom, who each despair that she will ever find a suitable boyfriend, and a local cop who finds her actions more than a little suspicious.
This is a romance novel but, at its heart, it is also a coming-of-age story. As the novel progresses we see Emma grow and discover things about herself - hidden talents and hidden depths - that she was unaware of. It is a novel that features witchcraft (well, you can kinda assume that from the title, at least I did) but it's not crammed full of the arcane ramblings that mark so many books about witches and warlocks.
I consider that a plus.
An engaging story, clever writing, excellent characters and an interesting premise make this novel a bona fide 5-star read.
I highly recommend it.
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