Oh, how I love Melanie. I started following her blog years ago. She is hilarious and full of awesome.
I was so excited to read her book The List when it came out. It was so cute and funny. I even got it signed by her when I met her at the Storymakers Writers conference in May. She taught a class on dialogue and she is just as hilarious and sweet in person.
When she asked me to read and review her new book, I jumped at the chance. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It was so cute. SO funny. I recommend it to everyone. And it doesn't hurt that it has a stinkin' cute cover!
A little about the book:
Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because her fiancé — a musician and soon-to-be reality TV star — wanted her to sacrifice her own career ambitions for his.
Now she's stuck at home sharing a room with her little sister, trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn't happen, and spending Friday nights Facebook-stalking everyone who has a better life. Her therapist father urges her to choose her career dreams and count her blessings by writing weekly thank you notes, but gratitude is a tall order when she botches an important job interview and has to settle for writing an undercover dating web-zine column — the
last thing in the world she wants to do. Still, as Pepper (byline: Indie Girl) chronicles her bizarre and hilarious blind dates, she gives her father's challenge a try and slowly finds herself leaving self-pity behind. Life takes a major upswing as Pepper's column hits the big time and she tastes the exhilarating thrill of success. But there's one tiny problem: the intensely hot man she's falling for is having issues with her job (again). Will Pepper trade her personal ambition for another chance at love?
Doesn't that sound so cute? Well, it was. It was also hilarious. She's named after a spice for one thing. And so are all of her siblings. I didn't even notice until she pointed it out in the book. Pepper Spicer? What were her parents thinking! LOL
One thing I loved about this book were how the chapters started with thank-you notes to various people in Pepper's life. Some are touching and sweet, but some are seriously hilarious. It made me want to write thank you notes to people in my OWN life. Still thinking about it actually...
Another thing I loved, was Pepper's love life. This book is full of awkward blind dates. She has some pretty interesting things happen on them that had me rolling! There is also a sweet romance with a hot, but flawed guy and did I mention the awesome kisses? Oh, and there is a mountain biking scene that had me laughing my head off. Since my hubby took me mountain biking for the first time this year, I knew exactly what she felt like! Ha ha! :)
Anyway, this book is so much fun. I really enjoyed it and I just love Melanie. If you ever get a chance to hear her present at a conference or to go to one of her signings, DO IT! She is so sweet and fun. Thank you Melanie for letting me read and review your book! Can't wait for the next one!