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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Actor and the Housewife

The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale

Mormon housewife Becky Jack is happily married and pregnant with her fourth when, on a trip to California, she meets him. Felix Callahan. That dreamboat, that heartthrob, that irresistible star who played the lead in her favorite girls-night movie. They don't hit it off right away, but as their encounters become more frequent everyone wonders what roles Felix and Becky will play in each others' lives.

I don't want to say too much, but I loved this one. It is indubitably Shannon Hale's best so far. And I REALLY like her other stuff. But this one is just more. More than I thought it would be, more funny, more heart-wrenching, more thought-provoking, more romantic.

It would be fantastic for a book club. Tons of interesting discussions to be had here. Highly recommended.

5 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to do it for my F2F book club since I read it back in April... just waiting for it to come out in paperback. :) (Glad you liked it.)

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  2. I agree this books definitely gets the questions churning. Even mentioning the premis at works gets my coworkers riled up on what is and isn't possible in friendships between married men and women. Going to see Shannon Thursday don't you wish you still lived in Utah?

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  3. I'm really excited to read this book. I think it sounds like so much fun and I've really enjoyed her others book so far.

    PS - How do you want me to send you my review of the Mortal Instrument series? I kind of spaced about it and then I just remembered.

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  4. Dano, yes!!! especially when it comes to these sorts of things. Illinois is treating us well, though, we can't complain.

    Jenni, email it to everead@gmail.com. I'm excited to see what you have to say!

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  5. Thanks to you, Alysa, I'm a Hale follower now. I was a big fan of Austenland, and most of her YA books. So I when I saw this post, I decided to read it. (Also, I somehow just discovered the whole "putting things on hold at the library" thing so I don't have to go hunting down books every time I go to the library. It's great. Anyway.)

    I have to admit, I'm hard to please when it comes to books. While I would definitely say I enjoyed reading this book (outright laughed out loud innumerable times--to the point where Spencer was begging me to read the book out loud), I can't say I would give it 5 stars. It felt a little bit like Hale just had all this witty dialog she wanted to get printed and so she found a story to attach it to. Not that the dialog wasn't witty; it was. Also, I was all prepared to be outraged by her ending, but I have to admit she really pulled it off. So I guess my official (and unasked for) review is 4.5 stars for a great read with a good moral, but with the slight imperfection of getting too caught up in witty dialog to move the story along quite enough for me. Voila.

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