For Andrea Lieberman, life began at 26. Growing up with parents so protective they made a convent seem like a Sandal's resort, she developed a catalog of phobias so large, even going into a church seemed risky business. Finally, Andrea had had enough; she wanted to live rather than fear dying. Without hesitation, she accepts a photography assignment for a magazine traveling through England and packs up her camera, her pepper spray and every insecurity she accumulated since birth. Excited but petrified to reveal the news to her boyfriend, he intercepts with news of his own - a marriage proposal, leaving the lingering question of their impending nuptials as she travels abroad.
Upon touching down in England, Andrea flops around like a fish out of water. The magazine's staff - the idiot, the slut, and the mute - offer little comfort outside of a pint of beer until she's assigned two blokes as travel companions - a tight-arsed copywriter and a drop-dead gorgeous art director with movie star charm. These two men help Andrea push herself beyond her comfort zone while testing the limits of her fortitude and her relationship with her boyfriend. The photographic journey becomes a comedy of errors thanks to unforeseen obstacles at every turn. As Andrea struggles to complete the assignment, she discovers the most revealing picture she develops will be of herself.
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Chaperones is a charming, funny, and witty read. This lite “comedy of errors” is perfect to take to the beach or for passing time on the train. While the incredibly sheltered main character, Andrea Lieberman, is on a 6 month photography assignment she visits nearly every historical sight in “Jolly Old England”, leaving a path of panic (and sometimes destruction) in her wake. Reading the trials Andrea faces in overcoming her many and varied fears of life gave me countless opportunities to be grateful that I didn’t have parents like hers. However, watching Andrea grow as the story progresses is the hidden treasure. While I wouldn’t say this is laugh out loud funny, the story is quite entertaining and humorous. Add to this some romance, a few zany coworkers, and the beautiful setting of castles and cathedrals and you have a complete escape. Some of the characters in Chaperones are funny, which can render some them unrealistic. That said, the main characters are endearing and convincing. Andrea’s transformation throughout the book happens naturally, creeping up on you as the story unfolds, in much the same way as it does for Andrea. The setting felt realistic. Many of Andrea’s experiences felt contrived and predictable; however this is a comedy and was not unexpected. This is also not the trend for the book as the incidents which are relatable and funny by virtue of their familiarity are plentiful as well. I would recommend this book to friends with interests in British tourist locations, something light for taking on vacation, or just a break from heavy reading. Full disclosure: I have been provided a copy of the book for the purpose of providing a review; however the opinions presented are my own and not influenced or dictated by publisher or author.
Chaperones is a book full of laughs and quirky characters. Andrea Lieberman is off to England to work at a magazine as a photographer. Her assignment is to photograph the castles and cathedrals of England. She wants to do this alone so she can 'find' herself. Her parents are loving but a bit controlling as is her boyfriend. Not a bad controlling but enough to be annoying, they do love her though and just want to keep her safe. She thinks she will be doing her assignment by herself but she will have two male companions. One is gay and the other is a hunk. So along with her chaperones, she sets off to photograph England. Unbeknownst to her, her boyfriend has hired the gay man to watch over Andrea because he feels she will be safe with a gay man. There is a surprise in store for the three of them though. As the three of them head off, the men are in for a treat as all of Andrea's fears surface which at times prevent her from doing her job. She has to conquer those fears which turns the story into a madcap adventure for all three. Her parents on the other hand still have fears and I thought that the funniest part of the story was when they decide to go to England to check to see that she is ok. I could just picture them in my head as these two middle aged people, hide so their daughter does not know they are following her around. This is an easy to read book that will have the reader laughing and turning the pages. I really enjoyed this book, it is good to read a book that you don't have to think too much about, just enjoy the story.
Reviewed by Juli Williamson for Readers' Favorite Chaperones by Megan Karasch is a fantastic novel of self discovery and growing up, even when the main character is already 26. Andrea was so over protected while growing up she never learned anything about life or herself. Her only enjoyment came from behind a camera lens; everything else scared her silly. Literally, the thoughts and actions that come from her overwhelming fear are comical. Yet for her, they are reality. Now is the time to overcome fear, with a GIANT leap, flying across the Atlantic to England to shoot castles and cathedrals for a travel magazine. The question is: can Andrea function without her parents or her boyfriend there to protect her from everything? Megan Karasch takes a humorous look at growing up in spite of fear and parental protection. This is a feel-good tale in which Megan Karasch reminds us that no matter how old we are, the way our parents raised us influences our daily lives. This is for good or bad, and yet we have to let go of our handhold or pry them off us, to become what we need to become for ourselves as adults. How we look at relationships and even crossing the street might be affected by what our parents told us when we were little. A book that I thoroughly enjoyed, I read it in one sitting. I laughed, I moaned and groaned, and I hopefully took away a lesson or two.