Release Date: 06/10/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Small town country girl Elva Presley Hicks is about to attend her five-year class reunion with her best friends, Shay and Margarett.
The discovery of an old fanfic manuscript stirs up memories of her summer job as a plumber’s helper in Houston the summer before senior year. She earned a lot of money that year, but was lonely as heck.
It’s not like there weren’t any suitors back then. Elva could have chosen between Chase, the obese pig farmer, and Wyatt, the plumber with wandering hands. But Elva yearned for something more, and found it that fateful summer, with electrician, Mitch McCall.
It was magical. Mitch wasn’t turned off by Elva’s name or fan fiction writing, and Elva didn’t lose interest in Mitch after he cut off his nose at work.
Trials and triumphs followed including a friendship implosion, world-wide fanfic humiliation, and goat salvation. It would go down as the most memorable summer of high school.
But as these things sometimes do, the summer romance fizzled and Elva moved on to life after high school. And while she’s ready to reminisce, she is unnerved when she runs into Mitch at the reunion. Can they give it another go after so much time has passed, or are they too different now to even try?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I will admit at the outset that this book was challenging for me to review. On the one hand, I am a mother who doesn’t always “get” young adult books. On the other hand, I have a pre-teen who may ask to read this book one day. To give the fairest and most balanced review, I felt that I had to review it from both angles. I would definitely give this book and overall review of 3.5.
Speaking from a mother’s perspective, I wish that the profanity had not been included. But thankfully there were no intimate scenes. I realize that the case could be made that “all” teens talk like that anyway, but if a book is considered young adult, I do tend to hold it to higher standards. While I would permit my daughter to read this book as a teenager, I would caution her about the language. The religious issues that were mentioned did not seem to be somewhat out of place, but that’s merely my personal preference.
Speaking from a teen’s perspective, I believe that the quirky humor and characters would resonate with most teenage girls. The book does tackle tough issues, and I am pleased that the main character works very hard at her summer job. It also was a quick read which is always a plus for young adult books!
If you have a teenage daughter who likes romance and humor, this just may be the book for her!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine
Molly Blaisdell is a dash of fun, mixed in with some smart cookie and a splash of capable. She started her first fan fiction group in junior high and never stopped writing. Today, she writes about geeky girls with lofty dreams and about the absolute craziness of falling in love. Her debut novel is PLUMB CRAZY, a NA/YA romantic comedy. She’s also the author of 30 books for children and hundreds of articles. You can find her and her books at www.mollyblaisdell.com.
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