Breakups. Family secrets. Stumbling toward independence.
A riveting and humorous exploration of love, secrets, and sisterhood, It's Not My Favorite is the poignant story of two sisters who discover they must confront their past, let go of their religious guilt, and summon everything in their power to escape their arrested development.
Gwenn Hutchinson runs The Organizer by day and bails her little sister out of emotional quicksand by night. Between that distraction and the full-time job of creating a vivid fantasy life for herself, she can almost drown out her mother's post-divorce ranting, "I've always had a man to take care of me, Gwendolyn. You're not gettin' any younger, you know."
Rachel Hutchinson, bakes away her anxiety while avoiding a painful breakup with her secret girlfriend. The only people who don't know this "girlfriend" secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley.
Just when it seems things can't get worse, Gwenn finds a pack of old photographs that may uncover a family secret. Will these pictures lead to the truth, or bring them face-to-face with the reality they've worked so hard to avoid?
It's Not My Favorite is the first book in the hilarious, fast-paced, romantic comedy, The Lake Effect Series, full of snappy dialogue and memorable, quirky characters, guaranteed to win a spot in your heart.
Buy this book, and join the Hutchinson sisters as they struggle to embrace adulthood!
|Publisher:||Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
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When I started this book I thought, “Oh no, this is silly. This is going to be a waste of time.” But I was very quickly hooked by the humor and every day drama of these two sisters. Gwen has over the years tried to please her overly religious parents, but keeps telling herself that she must have been swapped at birth. Her sister Rachel is openly gay, and everyone except her parents knows it. Gwen comes across some photos that reveal a part of her parents past she knew nothing about – photos of her mother with another man. Maybe her belief that her father at least is not actually her father isn’t a fantasy after all. Gwen tracks down Daniel Gregory, Jr. who happens to be the son of the man in those photos. There is instant chemistry between them. Now she feels even worse – is she attracted to her half-brother? Gwen spins out of control and runs off to New Zealand. In the meantime Rachel has broken up with her girlfriend Annie. This book is undoubtedly chick lit which I normally do not care for. But Rue’s writing was delightful. These sisters are so realistic. I laughed, I felt like crying, I detested their parents, I rejoiced for Gwen and Rachel. Rue’s style of writing made me love these sisters.
3.5 out of 5 this book has a nice blend of several emotions. It was a delightful read with a great mix of diverse characters. I really liked the sisters and their bonding is awesome. Both are like two ends of same coin who are incomplete without each other. Gwenn is the responsible one, always making everybody happy, never wanting to hurt others and organizing other people's life even though her own life is a mess; and Rachel is a happy go lucky girl who never misses to have fun, knows how to party and flow with the flow. I really hated their parents especially Shirley. At some instances I really felt like strangling her or giving her a nice talk on how not to judge her children and for Pastor Ed, I just wanted to give him a nice slap that would wake him up from his don't-go-againt-wife-as-she-is-his-superhero sleep and ask him to understand his daughters. Ah!!! Finally the hero or as I like to say passionate lover boy (more like man) Daniel Gregory. I really loved him. He has his own baggage from his past but the way he carries himself makes the ladies swarm into his direction. I really liked getting to know about his struggles he faced while getting control over his own Demons. He loved like really loved Gwenn - though it was only after a short meeting and a funny encounter with the drunk Gwenn, he really liked her. And the way he followed Gwenn across the globe to take her out from her misery was amazing. I can seriously go on and on about the characters, they really were awesome. The perfectionist and the best-est friend Todd, the hardworking Flora and the man-whore Henry whom-i'd-like-to-punch. Towards the end I felt like story was kinda loosely tied. I really hoped to see getting-to-know-each-other-scenes between Gwenn and Daniel. How was the relationship between the sisters with their parents after the BIG revelation. There was also some really big descriptions which slowed the pace and sometimes were not necessary, but it can be overlooked as I think they might be pointing towards the storyline of future books in the series (this is the only reason my mind would come up with when I saw that this is a series). Overall it is nice read and I really had amazing experience following Gwenn on her self-discovery or the introspection journey while soaking in the beautiful sights of New Zealand. Rue wrote it so beautifully that I really wished I was there with Gwenn. I did a little happy dance when I saw that this is a series and I might get more of these amazing characters(ahem! ahem! Todd and Flora's please) and might get few of my confusions cleared. Originally Posted at my blog: Gateway To Different World
I adored It's Not My Favorite! It starts off with a bang, and I was hooked right from the very start! This book definitely pulled me in. There are several dynamics in this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Everything worked together really well and created a lasting impression long after I finished reading this one. The characters, y'all. They are rich and detailed. I'm a huge character person, and I couldn't get enough of these characters. The development is brilliant and I felt like I got to know all of the characters. Rachel was my favorite, and I really bonded with her! I hope that Rue writes more. I absolutely loved her writing and It's Not My Favorite. It allows you to experience the characters and story so well. This is a wonderful contemporary that you won't regret giving a chance to! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Reviewed by Patsy Glans for Readers' Favorite Watch out Duluth, here come the sisters in It's Not My Favorite by Rue. Gwenn Hutchinson has her own business. She organizes people and their stuff and rarely has time to organize herself and all her messes. Her sister, Rachel, is known as the best baker in town and is openly gay - only her parents are not in on the open secret. They are holier-than-thou and will not handle this surprise well. Gwenn is suffocating in her personal life; she does not get along with her parents as nothing is good enough for her mom. When Gwenn hears, "It's not my favorite" from her mom, it always means, "You will never measure up." Gwenn meets Daniel Gregory and has this strange feeling he is her brother as she had come across a photo of an older version of Daniel and her mom. Rachel is on the rebound after a bad breakup with her girlfriend, as they were deeply into each other and even bought a loft together. She needs Gwenn to help her through this, but she soon learns Gwenn is not going to be helpful, not with her own problems chasing her. As each sister ploughs through their demons, they each discover their own self and realize they don't need their parents’ approval for them to be happy and secure. Rue is amazingly accurate in her descriptions of the Duluth, MN area. It was refreshing to read about an area I know well; it connected me to the story on a higher level. There were also some very hilarious scenes that made the book exciting to read. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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