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Laura Demanski"Laura Pedersen exudes an irrepressible, irreverent spirit...in a book that lives and breathes in its snappy, unaffected dialogue."
Posted October 23, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2003
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).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2002
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.