August 13, 2012

Speed Date: Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie

The Deal: Tess thinks that she has been there-done that when it comes to Nick, a successful and ambitious lawyer that she had been seeing for a while. Nick is gorgeous and she enjoys his company a  lot, but ambition always gotten in their way- he has a lot, she doesn't have any - and she likes to tell herself that she's so over him, she only wishes her body would agree too.

Particularly after Nick shows up at her doorstep... and convinces her to play his fiancĂ©e for an upcoming weekend-work party that could make or break his career. 

My Thoughts: There are many things I appreciate about Ms. Crusie's writing. I appreciate her humor, the way she can write engaging stories with a fairly simple prose, and that she writes older characters (her heroines and heroes are usually in their mid to late thirties or early forties). 

I don't appreciate Strange Bedpersons. 

I liked Nick, he was okay, he was a hard worker a little obsessed with his work but he didn't go out of his way to make other people's lives difficult, nor did he screw people over to climb his way to the top. And a number of secondary characters were nice too - like Tess' friend Gina or Nick's best friend

But boy, I hated Tess. She has this whole money = bad thing going on, and it was annoying. Her only reason to have a job was so she could scrape by, and volunteer the rest of her time to a literacy foundation, which is good of her, but she does it with a holier than thou attitude toward everyone that doesn't do the same. 

And she kind of ruined the whole book for me. 

What's a Book Speed Date, you ask? It's a quickie review--about 150 words or so--of any genre book (variety is the spice of life, after all).

If you want to join in or just read other speed date reviews, check out The Book Swarm

Because I have my day otherwise engaged, I decided to post it early this week! 

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