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4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Chance, December 6, 2011
This review is from: Stay Tuned (Paperback)
When the book "Stay Tuned" (by Lauren Clark) came to me, (sorry Lauren) I groaned a little. I love to read and will read anything (nearly), but considering my personal animosity towards news (and its anchors) lately, this book was going to have an uphill battle to win me over. It had a few things in its favor though: it had come with a strong recommendation from a dear friend, the author looked very engaging in her picture and well - the blurb was something that I could relate to.

So with my interest at least tickled a little - I decided to feature a interview, excerpt, and review the book. While the book started out slower than I am use too - it was a pleasant change of pace. I easily forgot (at least momentarily) my misgivings about news anchors and found myself relating to Melissa.

I could identify readily with her confusion over what to do, her desire to carve out her own niche in a world she loved and the pain of realizing it all might fall apart. While I did wonder at times when the story would pick up - I admired the author's skill at making Melissa seem less like a fiction character and more like a real person. It was then that I considered the few lulls in the story mirrored real life, perhaps more than the author intended, the "feast or famine" mentality society has these days... the reality of life being that it all glitz and glamour and in order to understand the full picture we need to consider every piece of the puzzle.As I closed in on the juicy bits of the story, the author's deft skill at weaving fiction with bits of reality reminded me a lot of a cherished author of mine - Nora Roberts. Both have the ability to mix the right amount of reality and mystery, suspense and levity, all while keeping the reader engaged and relaxed.

Tapping through the last pages of the story I began to understand the choice of title, the composition of the cover and while I considered both simple initially - I now appreciate how clever they really are. After reading the final words, I sat for a little bit to think about what the title really meant. As I contemplated the author's true intention behind naming her novel "Stay Tuned" - the phrase "what doesn't kill me, makes me stronger" comes to mind; both speak of perseverance and survival - a strong will to weather storms and hold out for the end of the rainbow. Pick up "Stay Tuned" and I assure you, it will be the treasure I found it to be.

****note: I received a free or discounted copy of this item in exchange for an honest and impartial review****
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