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Top Customer Reviews
What a bunch!
Amidst the chaos, Dani is also trying to make sense of the change in dynamics between her and her long-standing friend Seth.
The story left me wondering, is it possible that a self-help book lives in every writer, just waiting to be discovered? Maybe something along the lines of The Writer-Muse Relationship 101: Or 101 Ways To Ease Your Writerly Blues.
There's all sorts of shenanigans, plenty of conflict and great laughs too!
Everything works out at the end...a charming tale!
I really liked the premise of the main character writing a book inside the book, and her little nuggets of advice for “taking over the world” fit in well with the story. It was a neat concept that added to the tone and didn't feel awkward.
The characters were well rounded and believable, and I especially enjoyed the older relatives - who easily could have devolved into caricatures - were actually the smartest and most sensible of the cast.
So yeah, all and all a great little book and I would recommend it as a fine way to pass a few hours (admittedly probably moreso around the holidays). I look forward to Ms Keltner’s next one!
A wonderful holiday surprise when I started reading this on my Kindle. It's fun and quirky and had me laughing out loud as the cat stared at me suspiciously. Dani isn't the typical teenage girl and I related as well as sympathized with her immediately. I remember those crazy times during the holidays and the ugly Christmas sweaters! Though I suspect the ones Great Aunt Ruth Ann gave Dani and her family were much more hideous. It has a sweet YA romance and lots of silly family antics. There are actually a few really good tips to help you take over the world in the book, but it might leave you feeling too warm and fuzzy at the end to want to crush your enemies!
As a fantasy writer, I found actual useful tips for my main characters. Generally, a book with how-to instructions is straightforward and dull. This creatively weaves a list in with a story of family and romance at Christmas time.
The title, by the way, is a result of the book the main character is writing. Keep an eye on Keltner because this is an author with serious potential.
After deciding to write a self help book to break into the big leagues, Dani’s left with one problem—what to write about. Family feuds, a peeping cousin, and juggling sleeping arrangements become fodder for her imagination and she transforms her frustration into a manifesto for taking over the world, or in this case, just surviving the holidays with her family and getting her boy “friend” to be a boyfriend. Nothing’s too hard for smart, resourceful Dani to tackle! You’ll get a good laugh out of the family squabbles, kitchen klatsches, and advice to wanna-be emperors! Highly recommended!