Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Full of it by Wendy French

This was an enjoyable book, but I'm not entirely sure that young adults will be able to relate to the story. I know very few teens who are 26 years old, have a job at an insurance company, and recently inherited a house that they've moved into. Those thoughts aside, this was a pleasant read, so allow me to tell you about it.

Lauren Peterson recently broke off her engagement to Daniel and is trying to put her life back together. She's living with her best-friend Rachel, whom she works with at an insurance company, and feels like she's imposing on her friend. She also has a slight problem where she can't control her tongue and always manages to say the wrong thing. Her luck changes, though, when she inherits her Great Aunt's house. At first she figures she'll sell it and have loads of money. However, when her brother (whom she has a strained relationship with) suggests she split the money from the house with him and that she has no idea what she's doing, she blurts out she's going to move into the house. It seems like a good idea at first, but then she finds out it's not in the best shape and with financial problems, maybe her brother's right when he says she's in over her head. But house troubles aside, she's two great neighbors - Patty and her adorable grandson Thomas - not to mention a new love interest. Maybe things are actually going to be okay. Lauren, though, can't keep her mouth shut and relationships are put to the test.

The character of Lauren is one of those people we've all met. We might even be that person who just can't censor what we say. Her big mouth is what makes her charming and provides a many entertaining moments. Plus the old house she inherits, filled with stuffed animals (I'm talking stuffed raccoons from the wilderness not the cuddly stuffed animals you give children) is a heartwarming disaster. While the book was a little predictable in the end, it was a worthwhile read. As for teens, not so much of a connection, but plenty of older teens are already checking out the adult sections and this might be a nice suggestion for those teens. It might fit under the chick lit heading.

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