Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Club!!

Today is Book Club Friday!

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You can write about any book you want.

This week, I have a special guest poster!  Jennie has linked up for Book Club for as long as I can remember and her reviews are always so much fun.  In fact, all of her blog posts are dripping in awesome.  You should check her out.  After you read this post, of course. 

What up, Book Clubbers?

Heather was kind enough to ask me to sub in for her hosting duties for Book Club Friday this week, which is why I’m here and…err…she’s not. For those who don’t know me, my name is Jennie and I’m a writer, nail polish enthusiast, and avid reader with a little blog called well shut the front door! Cool, now that introductions are out of the way, let’s get down to business.

This week, I read Adulation by Elisa Lorello. And by “this week” I mean “on Tuesday in three and-a-half hours.” No, it wasn’t because it was a novella, but because it was so good that I totally got sucked in and didn’t do anything else (I’m also a bit of a speed reader, but that’s really neither here nor there).

Adulation is the third book of Ms. Lorello’s that I’ve read and like the previous two, Faking It and Ordinary World, it was awesome. Aside from Ms. Lorello’s obvious talent regarding prose, she has the unique ability to put new spins on tales that have been done to death.

In fact, when I was first looking at her novels, the description of Adulation made me crinkle my nose because it was a story I thought that I’d already read about a thousand times.  But I was wrong.

Adulation is about Sunrise Smith and Danny Masters. Yes, the MC’s name really is Sunrise, but she’s not the hippie you’d expect her to be. She works in a bookstore, is an aspiring author, and has recently turned forty. During her fortieth birthday party, which is more “watch movies with her two bff’s” than a big night out on the town, she comes up with forty goals for her to achieve in forty weeks. And one of those goals is to sleep with her writing crush: screenwriter Danny Masters.

Sounds like a ho-hum plot, right? Well, the theory of it is but the delivery is something else entirely.

Adulation is written from alternating perspectives, which means that, as a reader, you get to know not only what’s happening with Sunny, but also with Danny. And neither character is perfect. In fact, they’re both pretty darn flawed but that’s what makes them sympathetic and relatable. You know, like real people.

When Sunny’s friends get her tickets to the premiere of Danny’s latest movie, complete with a Q and A after the screening, they all head off to NYC for the weekend, which is where Sunny meets Danny. But, again, not in any way you’d imagine. Instead of Sunny going all fangirl on Danny, she essentially calls him an ass after he insults the audience who showed up to support him. Better yet, the insult is captured on video and then blows up on YouTube. Awesome, eh? (In my introduction, I may have forgotten to mention that I’m Canadian…well, I am.)

The rest of the novel deals with the aftermath of said videoed insult and as much as this book could be classified as a romance, I don’t think that it is. Yes, there is a romance but it’s more about two characters, Sunny and Danny, growing and learning about themselves. Danny has some elements of his past that haunt him while Sunny has been stuck on pause for years and it’s through this insulting event that both are spurred to make major changes in their lives.

The tone of Adulation is definitely not as funny as Faking It, or as cry-fest-y as Ordinary World, but more of a reflect-on-your-life’s-choices kind of deal. So if you like novels with solid and engrossing side-plots, engaging dialogue, and real characters with lots of depth, then Adulation is the book for you!

Thanks to Heather for asking me to sub in! And if you’d like to read more of my book reviews, click here!  You can also follow me on Twitter: @ms_jennieshaw.

And, by the way, Adulation is on sale for $1.99 until the end of March!  Pick it up now!

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marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

I haven't read anything by Elisa Lorello but that does sound fun. I also linked up one I read in one day but it was not a novella and I'm not a speed reader, it just sucked me in that much

Elisa said...

Thank you, Jennie! I'm glad you liked it. (And still blown away by how quickly you read it.) :)

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

Sounds like an episode of CSI hehe

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