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The Actor and the Housewife

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This Book is a Woman's Antidote to Life

I picked this book up at the library after loving Shannon Hale's book 'Austenland'. I didn't expect to be as impressed by this book, but I was completely wrong.
This book is every woman's dream: the movie star you've had a crush on since high school comes along by comp...
I picked this book up at the library after loving Shannon Hale's book 'Austenland'. I didn't expect to be as impressed by this book, but I was completely wrong.
This book is every woman's dream: the movie star you've had a crush on since high school comes along by complete chance, and before you know it, you're getting to know little things about this real man (who is also written in your diary and hanging above your bed on posters) and becoming his best friend.
The Actor and the Housewife isn't just a feel-good romance with a writing style that makes you laugh outloud, it's an antidote to lonliness, heartache, sadness, and every other thing that brings us women down. This book left me smiling just because it was such a good story, and to be honest, it made me wonder if maybe, JUST maybe, something like that could one day happen to me.
It's one of the best books I've ever read, and in my eyes, it can't disappoint anyone looking for a romance that we've all wondered about from time to time.

posted by Irish_Nights on July 14, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Angieville: THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE

Becky Jack is a Mormon housewife living in Layton, Utah, pregnant with her fourth child. She has just sold a screenplay to a film agency in LA and is meeting them there to sign the contract, when in walks Felix Callahan--sexy British star of Becky's favorite romantic co...
Becky Jack is a Mormon housewife living in Layton, Utah, pregnant with her fourth child. She has just sold a screenplay to a film agency in LA and is meeting them there to sign the contract, when in walks Felix Callahan--sexy British star of Becky's favorite romantic comedies. The two of them clash right from the start and, despite their visible disdain for one another (and the fact that Felix has long been Becky's movie star crush), they find themselves staying at the same hotel and eating dinner together that night. Becky returns to Utah sure it was some fluke, a fun story to tell the fam, and that she'll never see Felix again. Au contraire, Becky. Turns out Felix hasn't been able to get their abrasive encounter out of his head and the next time he has a layover in Salt Lake City, he turns up to see her and figure out what the deal is. From there these two unlikely characters become the very best of friends. Talk on the phone daily, stay up all night long talking, drop everything to jet off to New York at a moment's notice kind of BFFs. As you might expect, a whole host of factors get in the way of their "friendship," including at times concerned/jealous spouses, their different faiths (or rather Becky's strict one and Felix's utter lack of one), their diametrically opposed lifestyles, etc. Self-proclaimed platonic lovers, these two weather the small and large storms of life as their friendship and story stretches out over a decade and more.

I'll preface my comments by saying I have read all of Shannon Hale's YA books. I love her The Books of Bayern and thought her first adult novel Austenland was a fun, light romp for Austen fans. I expected to like this book just fine. I knew it would be quirky and different and fun. I certainly didn't go in expecting a happy ending because, well, given the subject matter who would? I laughed my way through the first 100 pages because any scene Becky and Felix share sparkles. I even cried. Once. At a scene about 80 pages in or so that was just so real (and a little close to home) it struck me in the gut. However, I felt that the next 250 pages were an uneven roller coaster ride of conflicting emotions, increasingly hard-to-swallow turns of event, and very inconsistent characterizations. Every aspect of the story felt so deliberate and pre-planned that it got in the way of my reading experience. It was an example of too much telling and not enough showing. The narrator and Becky herself told me over and over (and over again) how much she was in love with her solid-as-a-brick-wall husband, how little Felix meant to her compared to Mike, how she would never do anything to jeopardize her marriage, etc. Her actions spoke differently. The actual depiction of her marriage was lukewarm at best. The rock Mike was too vague an image to grasp. Next to Felix he was a mere smudge. Felix clearly meant an inexplicable amount to Becky. And vice versa. These two cannot function properly without each other. They will always be returning to each other. The crystal clear, most evocative, and resonant depictions were of Becky and Felix. And it was simply too difficult for me to buy everything Becky was saying in the face of what she was showing me page after page. And by the time the overwrought, rushed ending arrived I felt so completely jerked around I was unable to deal with the melodrama a moment longer.

posted by Angieville on July 16, 2009

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Entertaining

    This story is about the friendship between Becky, a pregnant happily married, Mormon Housewife and Felix, an Actor. Their friendship spans over years of joy and heartbreak.
    Some parts of the novel made me laugh out loud but then at other parts I just didn't feel connected. The story just didn't grab me like I wanted it to.

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