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Suprising and Funny - she keeps getting better!,
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This review is from: Fair Game (Paperback)
What a wonderful surprise this book is! I enjoyed Elizabeth Young's first, Asking for Trouble, but Fair Game truly surpasses it. Oh, the ending is fairly predictable - but the storytelling is superb! The main protagonist, Harriet, if one of the most likeable characters I've come across lately. She's not the drop-dead-georgeous, but she's OK looking (like most of us) and has a healthy attitude about her height and figure flaws. Interestingly enough, the object of her desire John, apparently isn't totally perfect either - it's fun to see a man frequently described as gorgeous only to find through little clues that he's not total physical perfection. But the entire premise of this book is that things aren't always what they seem. Harriet and John (and the entire cast of supporting characters) are almost starring in a Lombard and Gable movie - misunderstandings and zingy dialog abound. Young writes Harriet as a smart woman who can get herself through most situations with her own self-deprecating charm and intelligence. Like many otherwise normal people, there are people and things from her past that do push emotional buttons and cause her to act in emotionally defensive ways - but not in extreme (as the characters in so many books do.) But for me, the wit and humor that Young employs makes this book such a joy. I normally roll my eyes when I read a review from someone who says that they laughed out loud at a book, but I have to admit - this one had me laughing. And kudos to Young for showing in a few passages that she has real talent for "word pictures" - the snowball fight is one instance. And, without giving away too much, there is a scene near the end that is just beautiful - snow and the city at night. You feel like you're there. Behind all of this looms (figuratively) the character of Nina - Harriet's old schoolmate and possibly John's girlfriend (Is she? Isn't she?) She's a bit of an enigma throughout the book, but Young does a fabulous job of bringing home the impact of Nina near the end in one chapter. Through much of the book, I felt as if Harriet was over-reacting to Nina - but that one chapter took care of that. Finally - what is with the cover art on Young's books? I received several amused glances from my husband - not quite as bad as the artwork on bodice-rippers, but all the girly bows and flowers don't do justice to the solid writing that lies within. Worth the money to ship to the USA - pick it up.