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Self-Help 101 or: How to Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury (Volume 2) Paperback – June 23, 2016
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L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good. Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.
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I have to admit, I was concerned at first when I realized how much of the book would be about the burgeoning relationship between the 18-year narrator and her new boyfriend, but you know what? I was pleasantly surprised by how honest and earnest it felt. The awkward sex conversations with her parents, the desperate attempts to find private time to fool around - it me back in time twenty years, and was a load of fun.
The relatives introduced in Self Help Part Deux were even more staggeringly idiotic and monstrous than those in the first book. The characters in How to Take Over the World had some redeeming qualities, and felt like they could have been real members of your family. In How to Survive a Bombardment, I cannot fathom why Dani’s parents would want to hang out with these people, except to provide awkwardly hilarious scenes for our reading enjoyment (and a brilliant, epic finale). Still, anyone in their right mind would have cut ties with these people years ago.
Except for Corey. I loved that annoying, lying little bastard.
This is book two in the fantastic and hilarious Self-Help 101 series, and I enjoyed it even more than the first. I know Dani, Seth, and her family all the better now. Each character is more solid and layered. Of course The Fallible Four as seen through Dani's eyes are a bit of a joke, but I think most people could relate to having crazy relatives doing stupid things like them. Their antics made me laugh and wonder what on Earth could go wrong! The parents, aunts, and uncles had their own drama going on too.
Good tips on how to survive various kinds of bombardments mixed in with a fun and witty story. I hope there's going to be more books in this series!