STEALING ADDA: A Head Over Heels Contemporary Romance Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : May 24, 2012
- File Size : 1744 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00860TOVW
- Publisher : Tamara Leigh; 3rd Edition (May 24, 2012)
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1942326351
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #247,212 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Stealing Adda starts off a little iffy. I admit, at first I didn't even like Adda. She comes off career-driven and shallow, and her only interest besides writing seems to be her collection of over seventy-four nail polishes. She also gives everyone she knows mean or borderline mean nicknames, and has no qualms about letting her Improper side out to wreak havoc on the world. Then again, she spends 95% of the novel as a nonbeliever, so I guess I can't exactly blame her. Actually, fairly soon after getting to know her, Adda becomes endearing. She's snarky but can often be funny. She writes steamy romance but truly believes in what she's doing and holds fast to her self-respect when it comes to real-life men. Her intelligence and zest for life come through on the page, and her romantic and other trials make her relatable.
As a writer myself--though nowhere near where Adda is--I appreciated the probing look into the life of a bestselling novelist. The contrast between fancy restaurants and glitzy conferences vs. sleepless nights, writer's block, and salacious rumors, is sharp and on point. A shared career also gives Adda and Nick's romance extra depth, as they navigate the pitfalls of working with and falling for each other.
Tamara Leigh's secondary characters are quirky, interesting, and delightful. Adda has a couple of great mentors, Joyce Keuhner (AKA Puffer) and Elizabeth Carp, whose contrasting personalities make for a good look into the different parts of Adda's own psyche. Birgitta Roth becomes a villain you love to hate, and Adda's family is delightful too, though they don't get much page time.
Other reviewers have said Stealing Adda's Christian message is too strong. If what they mean by that is Adda's interactions with the Bible, and how keeping Psalm 31 at the forefront of her mind seems to pull her out of trouble at the last second--yeah, I can kind of see that. In fact, the placement of Christian elements seemed odd at times, considering almost no one in Adda's circle was a believer. But since, as mentioned, our protagonist is not a Christian, nor does she run with them, the message is often more subtle than other reviewers have given it credit for. It's a weird mix that doesn't always work. Maybe if we'd seen some more interest in Christianity from Adda, or more character development for Nick, Sophia, and other Christians?
Finally, I think I'd have liked the book better if Adda's life was a little less perfect on the outside. Perhaps if she'd been a mid-list novelist or someone trying to navigate publishing for the first time. Perhaps if she'd been an unknown author with a runaway bestseller. I only say that because such a small percentage of authors in any genre ever attain what she did. It sometimes makes Adda feel unrealistic. That said, her story is one I'll hang onto. I'm also interested to see how it compares with Rachel Hauck's The Writing Desk and The Secret Life of Sara Hollenbeck, coming out this fall.
I laughed out loud multiple times, which is not an easy feat to attain from me. (Life's been hard and stoicism bears it's own fruit; which brings to mind a few scriptures but this review really isn't about me but about the book, Stealing Adda. Whew!) I found Adda VERY relatable on multiple levels and I'd list those here except it'd become about me again. So, without further digression I conclude that I'll be recommending Tamara Leigh AGAIN to anyone who'll listen to me.
Thank you again, Tamara, for an exceptional read!
Oh, another hugely enjoyable factor is the numerous plays on the title. 😀
I love books that show believable changes in a character. Some of Adda's views and choices change, but her personality remains consistent. The fact that her quirky personality is showing to greater advantage by the end of the story is a big part of why the ending was so satisfying to me. There were other reasons too, but I don't put spoilers in reviews. You'll just have to read it.