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Super padded book. Found myself bored with the storyline and skipping sections of the book to get to the 'good part' which I simply never came. Felt like the author spent way to much time articulating on Mona's past, so much so it got annoying and then skimmed through present events that were unfolding in the book in a few poorly written sentences. Left me annoyed and the plot dry at best. The ending was no different, it almost seemed as if the author realized she was about to go past a page limit, and crammed as much dramatic, wrap-it-all-up but skip any form of a cohesive story details into the last few pages. Overall, annoyed I wasted my time reading this book.
I was sadly disappointed in this book. I've heard such great things about Jennifer Coburn that I was truly excited to discover her writing, but I feel I made a mistake making this my first experience. The characters were predictable, as were the scenarios. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. For a light read sometimes you want predictable, easy and fun. But I found the protagonist of the story to just be a unbearable for me. Her tunnel-vision that marriage is the only thing that will make her happy, and marriage to a man she barely knows none the less. Her efforts to change everything about herself to appeal to said man she doesn't know. The predictable falling for her "chauvinistic, dirty-mouthed" coach was just too much to bear. It was just all too much! I wouldn't recommend. Too much predictability. Too much frivolity. Too much "change who I am to get a guy". I will probably check out a couple more of her books because I have heard good reviews, but this did not leave me hopeful.
This book is about a young woman who has lived through a tragic and dramatic experience and yearns for a family. Mona believes she is not seen and goes through extreme messures to change who she is, to attract the attention of the one guy she thinks she loves, Adam. Mona hires Mike to teach her how to attrack men and they hit it off. I love the interactions with Mike and Mona so much. Mona’s story is so sad, yet stupid funny at times and downright hilarious at others. Most of the time I didn’t know if I should be laughing at what happened to her or if to feel bad for her stupidity. I mean she comes up with some elaborate schemes that some how blow up in her face making her seem like some psycho. I do like this story a lot, however I did feel that there were missing parts or gaps. I would have loved to have known what actually happened in the six months lapse of time to understand their story a bit better. My favorite part was the Theature. This story is about being lost and finding yourself. I did enjoy reading this quirky story a lot.
Mona has spent her entire life invisible, not really on purpose, but when circumstances allow her the opportunity to do anything she wants to, she sets her sights on the man Adam, that had been her grandmothers’ accountant and had all the right ingredients to be the ideal man for her. To achieve this monumental task, Mona hires Mike, the author of a ridiculously male advice column to teach her how men think. She pays him for months of “no holds barred” lessons, but fires him half way through because she has actually fallen for him, it thinks he doesn’t share those emotions, or any emotions.
Along the way Mona’s former vanilla life gains more color than the rainbow in both friends and activities. This story also offers beautiful depictions of bygone days of Coronado, Ca and Missoula, Montana making me wish I could go back and see either location in their former pristine condition. Thank you for that.
SPOILERS!!!: You ever finish a book and go I have got to go do a review, right now?! Well that is what happened to me when I finished this one. It started out a bit slow, wasn't sure I was even going to get into it. Especially with all the ridiculous acts she set up for her dates with Adam. I can believe 1 or maybe 2 attempts at these but she just kept them coming, which was completely over the top and unbelievable to me.Then surprisingly, I did start to get into the story. I loved the sparing between Mona and Mike, and although I pretty much determined what the ending would be early on, the author did a good job of building the anticipation. Then I don't know what happened! It's like the author got sick of writing this story and decided to throw in the towel! To have all these different people at the play, declare that they are in love with Mona (including the random guy in the back) was completely ridiculous. Mike finally declared his love this is marvelous speech, only to be trumped by the best friend, guy in the back and the director of the play. Mona then does her lack luster response to all of them, including asking Mike to wait. So I think this is good, Mike is going to get a chance to prove that he means what he says after acting like a Neanderthal throughout most of the story. Maybe writing a new article where he falls on his sword a bit and truly expresses how he feels to Mona and his readers, making everyone see how he's changed. But guess what dear readers, this does not happen. You get to the last chapter, which reads like an epilogue, and it's 6 months into the future and we get to hear how all the charters have paired off (even the old guy and Vicki!), plus Mona and Mike are pregnant and living together. Do we get a final coming together with an amazing kiss and a declaration of love from them both? Nope! Just a oh guess what....we are having a baby and living together now...the end. I was so disappointing! If our author was smart she would rework this book and give us an ending not just an epilogue!