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When in Doubt, Add Butter

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

What I hope to find (and what will get me to spend my money quic

What I hope to find (and what will get me to spend my money quicker and invest hours upon hours of my own time) when I pick up a book is one that doesn't sound like 95 out of 100 books that I pick up and read the first few pages of, a voice that grabs my nose and yanks ...
What I hope to find (and what will get me to spend my money quicker and invest hours upon hours of my own time) when I pick up a book is one that doesn't sound like 95 out of 100 books that I pick up and read the first few pages of, a voice that grabs my nose and yanks harder than a semi-truck in the middle of I-95.

When in Doubt, Add Butter is such a book, and it managed this feat admirably from the very first sentence of the very first page. "When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert Hoover Junior High School carnival said to me: `Gemma Craig, you listen to me. Do not get married. Ever. If you do, you'll end up cooking for a man who'd rather eat at McDonald's; doing laundry for a man who sweats like a rabid pig, then criticizes you for not turning his T-shirts right side out; and cleaning the bathroom floor after a man whose aim is so bad, he can't hit a hole the size of a watermelon--' " I could go on, but you get the general idea. This is a book that I'm invested in; where I want to know what happens; and that I can't wait to get to the ending, because like Beth Harbison, the author, I'm going all in. And then it becomes a mad rush to get to the finish line.

For me, this was such a book. The characters and the story line certainly kept my attention, but it was the voice, that voice kept me turning pages as fast as frying butter in a saucepan, and when I reached the end, I felt completely satiated. While this was the first Beth Harbison book I read, I'll certainly keep my eye out for another one with a voice as fulfilling and unique as this one.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

posted by RobertDowns on July 20, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Didn't get good until about 120 pages in

For some reason I just couldn't get into this book. I obviously read the whole thing, and once I got about 100 pages in, I finally became interested. It just didn't grab my attention like I look for. I had to force myself to finish this book, but I wanted to know wha...
For some reason I just couldn't get into this book. I obviously read the whole thing, and once I got about 100 pages in, I finally became interested. It just didn't grab my attention like I look for. I had to force myself to finish this book, but I wanted to know what happened. I would recommend it as a beach read, which is why I purchased it. Book wasn't bad, just not my favorite.

posted by 5571664 on August 22, 2012

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