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not a keeper but readable,
This review is from: Sexiest Man Alive (Mass Market Paperback)There are elements of this book that are clumsy and disjointed and elements that are charming and funny. The reason I only give three stars is that it never seemed to quite flow for me. There's no reason not to read this book, it would make a thoroughly enjoyable fluffy holiday read, the characters are likeable and those funny elements provide laugh out loud moments. It's not often that I actually laugh out loud at a book (usually I smile slightly whilst snickering in my head) but the writer puts her characters in some truly funny situations. The exchanges between Jasmine and Librarian Josh(there are two Joshes - one is a librarian, the other an actor) were very comical.
Those are the good bits.
The bad: there are times when I felt the author's voice to be quite childlike and underdeveloped. Jasmine (the heroine), who starts off shy and completely unable to talk to men, changes almost overnight when she meets her hero. There's no slow and interesting character development for Miss Holquist and as a result the humour created for Jasmine's character slows down. Actor Josh (the hero) is perfectly pleasant for the most part but didn't, for me, ellicit any great feeling. I found myself disappointed by the fact that the characters weren't stretched to their full potential.
The plot had the same problem - too much too soon and there was nothing held back for the second half of the book. Or nothing that I particularly cared to read anyway.
Again if I were to sum up why I don't give more than three stars to this book it is that while enjoyable it was frustrating knowing that with excellent ingredients Diana Holquist couldn't have done more when putting them together. There are parts of this book that reminded me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I just feel that she would have written the story better.