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Decent story, but it never quite lived up to its potential. Lots of geeky moments to squee over, that was a definite plus. I listened to the audio version, which was well done, but that meant I didn't get to see the graphic panels. :( That might have bumped it up a half a star or so...possibly. At the very least, it would have been interesting to see the visuals.
My biggest issue was with the heroine. She could be fun and geeky/quirky at times--I loved the fact that she wanted to draw and write graphic novels--but then she'd go all squirrelly on us. She was completely blind to things that should have been obvious, were actually obvious to everyone else. There were times when I thought she'd gotten a clue, but then she turned around and proved me wrong. She also let certain events from the past rule her present, and went a bit overboard. (Especially when we found out the details about those life-altering events and saw that for the most part they were one-offs. Granted--one caused her parents' divorce and her mother's depression, but when we find out that it was the one and only time it had happened? Seemed like total overreaction on mom's part...which apparently was status quo for mom, at least back then. One rejection of her work and she never writes again? Dramatic much? Though we could clearly see where Mandy got her "one chance and you're out" attitude from.)
Everything ends on an optimistic note, which was nice, but I would in no way classify this as a romance. Mandy spends more time moaning about people moving in on the guys she's crushing on/ attracted to/ used to date (until he kissed someone else) than going on dates or hanging out with guys in date-like settings. I was a bit bummed not to have seen more page time for the guy she's probably going to end up with--he was a fun character. I do have to say, though, that his "declaration" is absolutely adorable. It was definitely a highlight, and the part I will remember most.
Sooo...I didn't love it, but I didn't dislike it either. It had some memorable bits and many cute and funny moments, but never quite lived up to its promise.
Rating: 3 stars / C
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is an easy listening book, but definitely had me coming back for more. I never understood 'chick lit,' but now know the story arc is low and smooth, subtle and hard to quit like snacking on a big bowl of potato chips: nothing spectacular, but habit forming and satisfying, just the same. The presentation was perfect, too. Never a drop in voice intensity or volume as in other books I've listened to.
Any additional comments?
If I hadn't like it, I wouldn't have finished it or reviewed it. Now I'm looking for more by the same author and narrator.