Going Away Partyby Laura Pedersen
Jess MacGuire, an otherwise "good Catholic girl," invites an older man into her home while her family is away on vacation. Unaware that he has his own agenda, she makes it too comfortable for him to leave. Comic in spirit, but serious at heart, GOING AWAY PARTY stars a girl who is almost a woman and a man who just lost his wife. Together they find an unexpected bond, wit battling wisdom in spiraling interplay. This is a believable, hilarious encounter that no reader will forget. Destined for your list of favorites, Laura Pedersen is an author of exceptional humor and good taste.
- Story Line Press
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- 5.73(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.04(d)
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My 20-year-old little sister was reading this while we were on vacation and she was constantly laughing out loud. I thought she was reading a joke book. So I took over when she finished. It's a fast read, partly because you want to find out if they do or they don't - but don't skip ahead! Turned out not to be all humor -- bringing up the modern problems of regular people, expectations of our families, and even rampant US-style capitalism. Why does money have to be SO important (or at least feel like it is)? Overall, a perfect mix of thoughts and laughs.
Found out about this book only after reading 'Beginner's Luck.' It's a much more adult relationship comedy, whereas the other would make for a family movie (though I loved it and that's why I got this book). A wonderful blend of serious soul searching and ruminations on sex and life mixed with original humor. I love movies and so I'd say it's a bit like Woody Allen's 'Anything Else' meets a much funnier 'Lost In Translation' (because of the younger woman meets older man). Bill Murray would be hilarious as the lead male character of Denny. Though it'd be hard to pitch this as just a fluffy romantic comedy. You'd have to add 'noir' to that. The ending isn't dark, but it isn't formula Hollywood either. Yet it makes sense and is satisfying (I won't give it away).
I assumed this would be a funny, light read, based on the reviews and cover. It was. In fact, I laughed out loud in some spots and it brought back lots of memories of growing up. But there were some interesting things to say about being a young person in the age of hi tech and about finding the "right one." I won't ruin the ending but it was great, heartfelt, funny, and totally believable. (And sexy, too.) I've just finished the next book, "Beginner's Luck," and it's even better -- hilarious!
My niece loved this book and passed it on to me. It was funny and also had some interesting and intelligent things to say about the current state of growing up, life, love, work, and the every day challenges we all face. I really enjoyed it. And though people in their 20s can probably really identify with the main character, for an older person such as myself, it makes us realize that young people nowadays have issues and problems that we never dreamed of. But it's worth reading just for the humor. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud like that. Plus there was some good suspense and a realistic sex scene. In a few parts it's like a women's version of "Catcher In The Rye," with the same wry humor and quest for meaning.