An entertaining, though unremarkable contemporary romance/ chick-lit. 3/5 stars.
I finished reading Station Eleven and the next book I had lined up was The Wrath and the Dawn. I had issues with the former being a bit slow, and I had heard that latter was similarly glacial at the start. So before settling down for another slog, I decided to read something light and quick.
And that’s exactly what Johnny Be Good is. It’s entertaining, fast-paced, well-written and would do nothing to disappoint fans of the genre.
I think it would have been improved by being 100 pages shorter. It all starts to get rather repetitive about half way in. Meg loves Johnny, Johnny is a total narcissistic prat who needs a good kick up the backside. He raises her hopes, then dashes them. She dithers about. Rinse. Repeat. That said, it’s a credit to the author that you keep reading even though the book has these issues.
This is the first book by Paige Toon I’ve read, and I’d happily read more. I think I’ll keep any eye out for the sequel and perhaps get it from the library the next time I need to read something breezy. Definitely one for fans of chick-lit though, I think others might want to kill the characters for being egotistical/doormats/indecisive. You’ve been warned! 🙂
Claire Huston / Art and Soul
Many things about this book are good, but it’s definitely one for fans of comedy chick-lit.
What it’s about:
When twenty-something singleton Jess Beam finds herself without a home, job or friends, she tracks down and moves in with her estranged grandmother. Desperate for the cash from a prospective publishing deal, they embark on a project to see if Jess can make an apparently eternal bachelor scumbag fall in love with her using the tips from her grandmother’s 1950s “good woman” guides to dating.
I have mixed feelings about this book I find hard to express. So hard, I’m going to have fall back on bullet points.
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A solid, entertaining second novel from Rachael Lucas.
Would-be gardener Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a gap year, leaving her in charge of their garden. After a turbulent few months, a quiet spell in the country is just what she needs.
A shoulder to cry on wouldn’t go amiss either – so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . .
As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy’s heart’s desire – her parent’s garden – is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.
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While scouring the Internet for any advice that could distract me, ahem, I mean help me with revising my novel, one of the most useful comments I found (in several places) regarded weeding out your disappearing characters.
You know. The Bobs, Petes and Daves* who make a splash in the first couple of chapters only to evaporate, never to be heard from again.
The editorial wisdom is as follows:
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