Published by HarperCollins
FTC disclosure: The publisher sent me this book, since I’m participating in a TLC book tour.
Maeve Connelly has just graduated from college and doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Fired from her bartending job and cut off from her parent’s financial support, she decides to road trip it to Los Angeles in her unreliable car, Elsie.
When Elsie breaks down in the small town of Unknown, Arizona, Maeve is forced to find work. She quickly finds a place for herself in Unknown, making friends and discovering a love for photography.
I love stories like this, probably because I’ve always found the idea of striking out for someplace new to be really appealing. And Maeve gets a job in a bookstore (I was insanely jealous). But at this point I was halfway through the book and wondering where we were going. Things seemed to be working out for Maeve and I couldn’t imagine things remaining status quo for the rest of the book. And then, whammo. I was hit with a bit of a surprise, one which put a whole new light onto Maeve’s earlier actions. And I had a hard time reconciling pre-disclosure Maeve with post-disclosure Maeve. I still liked the story, but I’m not sure the big secret needed to be a big secret for the first half of the book (still, that doesn’t mean I’m going to tell YOU the big secret).
Another thing I liked about the book was the emphasis on books. Maeve works in a bookstore, and there are constant references to books and reading. I especially agree with this quote:
“I don’t think you can have a favorite book. Different ones suit different moods. Sometimes when I’m sad, I want to be more sad – like the catharsis of taking it to the limit will burn it up more quickly. Other sad times, I want to laugh hysterically.” –p. 137
One little quibble…for a book supposedly full of people who love to read, I never saw anyone actually reading.
Despite my small gripes, I found this to be an entertaining read (I read it in one evening, staying up just a little late to finish). I liked watching Maeve grow into herself and find happiness in a small town.
Many thanks to TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins for including me in this tour. You can check out the other tour stops here:
- Tuesday, May 18th: Heart 2 Heart
- Wednesday, May 19th: Café of Dreams
- Friday, May 21st: Chick Lit Reviews .com
- Monday, May 24th: Stiletto Storytime
- Wednesday, May 26th: Thoughts From an Evil Overlord
- Wednesday, June 2nd: A Bookworm’s World
- Thursday, June 3rd: excess baggage
- Wednesday, June 23rd: Ask Miss A.com
- Monday, June 28th: Pop Culture Junkie