In this book there is everything you need for an entertaining story: there are colorful characters and some hysterically funny situations.
It is about two friends but most of all about two writers and it is full of phrases, idioms, repartee, and eccentricities typical of writers.
Timing is good but the word choice sometimes is a bit too gross.
I’m a writer and despite this not being my favorite genre I found myself giggling and tittering at the absurdities of some scenes.
In particular I loved the “I am not a romance writer.” situation because is the triumph of pure silliness but is somewhat believable.
There is comedy and farce, but there are also human emotions,in particular the conflict between the desire to have a good reputation and the willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed (including writing a romance novel).
The book also features semi-serious but still wryly and deftly expressed observations like for example:
The statistics tell the story. The number of romance books published each year is equal to the
combined annual sales of mainstream fiction, science fiction, fantasy, westerns, mystery and suspense,
religious fiction, adventure, and every other kind of novel being written.
“It’s discouraging,” I admit. […]
“So, what you’re saying is that you have gone from J.D. Salinger to Danielle Steele.”
“I couldn’t beat them,” he concedes, “so I joined them.”
Not all the jokes are brilliant but there is always a nice touch of humor.
If you are a writer you will enjoy it.
I received this book at Story Cartel, in exchange for an honest review.