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Dysfunctional Romance! Paperback – 14 Apr 2012
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The story is about Barry and Sandra who are absolutely meant to be together because they are both as mad as a balloon and this is what makes their story so good. It's all about acceptance of each other and their flaws, a real feel-good read. It also happens to be one of the funniest books I have read for a while, with sharp and hilarious one liners I wish I had written myself and may well start using verbally around the house just because they make me giggle so much.
Derick Hudson has an eye for the ridiculous and it flows along at a pace in this novel. I loved the banter and relationship the two main characters have, both wonderfully real and believable.
Derek Hudson writes not as a typical male or female author who might stereotype their opposite sex but just as a great storyteller and I hope he writes a sequel to the story of these two very likable characters.
Unlucky in love Sandra Wiggins has just been dumped again. She’s single again and working in a less than glamorous job with a grumpy, old-before-his-time boss. Her only ally is Rebecca, her outspoken colleague.
Sandra’s OCD takes on the usual guise of obsessive cleanliness, only drinking from her luck glass and not walking on the cracks in pavements.
Equally, if not more, obsessive Barry Shaw works advertising company. Barry’s affliction is more complex. He doesn’t like his routine to be disrupted and hyperventilation is always a very real possibility. While out doing some “research” to help with his latest assignment – to advertise a minimising bra – he literally bumps into Sandra, due to his identical aversion to the cracks in pavements.
Barry can’t resist Sandra’s attitude, and handcuffs, and waits in the exact same spot at the very same time the very next day in the hope that the object of his desire will once again cross his path. Little does he know she is also planning to do the same having spent the afternoon thinking about the clumsy oaf that had literally knocked her off her feet.
So, in any good fairy story this would be the part where the pair fall madly in love and live happily ever after. However, this is not a fairy story and the happy every after has to wait a while.
Drama unfolds with every page.
This novel has everything you could ever wish for. A malfunctioning condom, two pregnancies, three babies, a wedding, a wayward lottery ticket, a dubious yet loveable fortune teller, a geriatric dog, two lovebirds and a pet turkey. You cannot fail to love this book. Well worth a read!
You know you've read an absolutely great book when just the thought it makes you smile long after you've read it! It was while writing this review that I realised how much I loved Barry and Sandra's story, how unforgettable it is and that Dysfunctional Romance! deserves 4.5 contrary to the initial 4 stars I'd given it on Goodreads!
I've been transfixed by all things Irish since a long time now. Besides being a lovely country, from what I've read and heard, Irish people are very pleasant, warm and fun loving. So the moment I saw Derick Hudson's Dysfunctional Romance! and realised that it was about a young Irish couple, I knew I had to read it, no matter what. When Derick Hudson announced the date on which the book would be free on Amazon, I marked it on my calendar and began reading it immediately after downloading my copy. And boy! I am absolutely happy I read Dysfunctional Romance!
The story of Barry Shaw and Sandra Wiggins, Dysfunctional Romance! gives love stories a whole new, fresh, clean, hilarious, practical and a completely blows-my-mind-away-it's-THAT-abso-freaking-lutely lovely twist. Every bit of this book was fun, fun and more fun.
Both Barry and Sandra have their own complexities, complications and a set of anxiety disorders. They are, in the most odd and twisted way, perfect for each other. I loved reading about their relationship from the time they accidentally bumped into each other on the sidewalk to the time when Sandra gave birth to their precious little twins. The banter between the two was brisk. The way they did what they did and the way in which they did it was uproarious and humorous. Reading about Barry and Sandra's families and workplace was exhilarating.
There are some scenes from this novel that I know are going to remain with me forever, the most memorable being the one where, on their first date, Sandra sneezes and her lens falls in her wine glass! And how can I forget the one in which Sandra, a citizen of Ireland, almost calls 911 when Barry experiences a mini heart attack!
From the prologue to the epilogue, from chapter 1 to chapter 77, from location 1 to location 5709 or from 1% to 100% (on Kindle), Dysfunctional Romance! is a full-on fun-filled roller coaster ride. My bed literally shook with my laughter while reading this one. Author Derick Hudson has written a refreshing, bright, light-hearted and totally hilarious novel that keeps you smiling from start to end. Without a doubt, this is one of the funniest- no, hell no, this is THE most funniest book I've ever read.