Mom's Perfect Boyfriend

Mom's Perfect Boyfriend

by Crystal Hemmingway


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Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Maria Semple, a smart romantic comedy about mothers and daughters, told in an addicting, fast-paced style.

Crystal has trouble saying no to her lonely, single mother. For 25 years, it wasn't a problem. But when one small mistake leaves Crystal jilted, homeless, and unemployed, she has to move back in with the person who caused it all: her mother.

Soon Crystal is sucked into her mother's vortex, partying with boomers and hawking homemade marshmallows. Desperate for some independence, she hatches a foolproof plan: get an experimental android to play her mom's "perfect" boyfriend. It's only a matter of time before her mom finds out, and Crystal will never live down the hilarious and disastrous consequences.

A story told through emails, texts, and journal entries, Mom's Perfect Boyfriend is a humorous yet deeply honest portrayal of the complicated friendship between mothers and daughters. Sometimes the people we want to rely upon the least are those who can help us the most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950458011
Publisher: Galbadia Press
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Smart Companions , #1
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 794,408
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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Mom's Perfect Boyfriend 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KarenfromDothan 5 months ago
Crystal has been having a tough time lately. Her mother invites herself along on what was supposed to be a romantic vacation for her and her boyfriend. Said boyfriend then tells her he wants a separation and takes off on a months long hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. On top of all that, she loses her job. How could it get any worse? Read, “Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend,” to find out. If you’re in the mood for some light romance then I recommend picking up this novel. It’s perfect for those times when you want a fun read. Told in epistolary form - journals, e-mails, letters, texts, and book excerpts, it’s an easy read. I really liked the way Margot, Crystal’s mom, ends each of her journal entries with three things she is grateful for. I think that would be a great habit to cultivate as a reminder of everything we have to be thankful for. It’s a cute story about relationships; mother-daughter, sister, and romantic.There’s a Smart Companion robot in the story that adds to the humor when the main character makes an error in judgement, trying to free herself from her intrusive mother. Believe me, there are times I wouldn’t mind having one of those around for my own mother. It’s an entertaining, delightful story that I thoroughly enjoyed. 3.5 stars
clocke34 7 months ago
Usually I don't enjoy books with this formatting (especially when narrated on an ebook reader), and for a while thought I wouldn't be able to finish it as written, but the story line drew me in.It tells the events that took place within a mildly dysfunctional family unit through a series of journal entries and texts,chronicling all the good ,bad and humorous situations that happened as their lives unfold over a period of months.I found some of the situations wildly improbable but that was the essence of the book and what kept you enthralled to the end.Crystal and her sister Lisa kept open lines of communication about the entity that affected them most-their mother, and she in turn shares her views and thoughts about the way she felt her family treated her.It is interesting how each person can interpret the exact same instance and words differently based on where you are mentally.There was a good balance of hilarity and seriousness mixed in to make this a good read that didn't seem to lag but sprinted toward the finale.
Bookish_Anki 7 months ago
Thanks to Galbadia Press for sending me the ARC in exchange for my review. I loved & enjoyed reading this book so much. I finished it in a day. The story is told in form of text, journal entries & emails. It was quick read, funny, emotional & filled with lot of excitement. Once I started reading, it was so interesting that I couldn’t put it aside like literally, I had to know what happened next Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend also throws light on their mother-daughter relationship, the generation gap & thought process & we all have been there at some point where we don’t’ agree with our mothers, have fights with her but we do realize that there is no one like moms who will forgive you & support you no matter what you do I loved the ending of the book the way things laid out for everyone If you loved Bridget Jone’s diary then you are bound to fall in love with this one too.
Caroles_Random_Life 7 months ago
This was a fun read! I decided to pick this one up because I thought it sounded like the perfect light summer read. I found this to be a really fast-moving book largely because of the way that it was told. This story is presented through text messages, emails, letters, and journal entries. All of these things come together to tell the story from different perspectives. Crystal and her mother, Margot, are at the core of this story. This book is about their relationship and other relationships in their life. Margot can be a bit demanding of Crystal. She calls and texts very often and wants to be in the middle of everything. Crystal is trying to set some limits but when her boyfriend leaves for an adventure and she loses her job, she has no choice to move back home with her mom. I really liked watching Crystal and Margot both grow as characters in this book. They both have their own journey and I liked the way that we get to see them navigate their relationship. The android boyfriend doesn't even come into play until about midway through the book and while that added a bit of fun, the real story watching the characters find themselves while navigating some difficult times. I thought that the story was fun and that the messages were comical at times. The pacing of the story was perfectly executed with the different formats providing the change when needed. Everything was nicely wrapped up by the end of the book and while everything may have come together a little too perfectly, I thought that the book's conclusion fit the story. I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a wonderful summer read with the right amount of light-hearted fun and more thoughtful moments. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Crystal Hemmingway's work in the future. I received an advanced review copy of this book from Galbadia Press.
Amanda_Dickens 8 months ago
This is a light hearted and fast paced easy to read romantic comedy. The formatting of this book made it a very quick read. However, there are some random e-mails that felt unnecessary and took me out of the story. The characters all grew through out he book. However, the way it was written made me feel detached. Less like I was reading a book and more like I was snooping through someones computer. Logically this was not going to happen. The robot was not a believable robot but more like a mail order husband. He was independently living and could drive. This also pulled me out of the story. If you can get past the plausibility of the story I would recommend it if you are in the mood for a fluffy book.
SaraOxo 8 months ago
Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway a four-star read that you will find to be the perfect reading companion. This way my first read by this author and I can’t wait to check more out, it was so funny, I liked the writing set up once I got a handle on it, but it did take me a while. It was weird as I enjoyed watching everything fall apart, it made me question everything about myself. Crystal was great, she told her story and everyone else’s and made you care about them even if you wanted to slap a couple of them at times then hug them and cheer them at other times. I for one am excited about the next novel in the Smart Companions series, and who knows I may even look for some stories about Dinosaurs while I wait.
EmilyP23 8 months ago
Well, yes, this format of emails, journal entries, chat, text messages and diaries did make the reading go faster – but it was more like a “build-your-own-story-line” from instant snippets and impressions without knowing the characters at all. I can’t say it was enjoyable for me. My first impression of Crystal was that she was a doormat, gladly allowing everyone to step all over her with no consequences whatsoever. I realize the steamroller types, like her mother, don’t listen and will do what they intend to do regardless. But that’s where saying “no” and meaning it really matters. If mom had bought her ticket to Hawaii despite valid protests, she would have had a lovely time alone while I went elsewhere with my fiancé (who already needed to de-stress). Ahhh, but I see protests were totally missing from Ms. Doormat’s responses. I am sure her fiancé, David, was always coming in second in her priorities. Crystal’s mother, the lonely and misguided Margot, is totally clueless about crossing lines and indulging her inappropriate behavior. I think my teeth were clenched throughout the reading of her diary entry about being delighted that the hotel upgraded them to the honeymoon suite so they could all be TOGETHER. (I kept hearing a growling sound while reading this, and I don’t own a dog, so maybe it angered me more than I was aware.) Through mom’s interference in Crystal’s life, she lost her fiancé, became homeless and unemployed, and had to compound the issue by moving back in to live with the clueless person who caused it all (hint: her mother). I even felt sorry for the android “Smart Companion”, Adam – unless he had a kill or stun setting to defend himself? I understood we were looking for the whole point of the book, which was relationships, most specifically between a mother and daughter. It’s fine to love a toxic parent, but without boundaries the daughter is willing to enforce, it’s not going to turn out well in the long run. In the right frame of mind, maybe I could try to chuckle at the antics. But I just couldn’t get over the clueless mother unable to catch any social hints and the weak-willed daughter ready to let her just about ruin her life without standing up for herself. Moms are supposed to help us prepare for handling the events in our lives, teaching us coping skills for problems we come up against, teaching how to compromise where situations warranted, sharing joy, love, and compassion. But this mom was a train-wreck and I found little to laugh about. This book completely missed the mark for me.