Thursday, July 29, 2010

And One Last Thing by Molly Harper

"If Singletree’s only florist didn’t deliver her posies half-drunk, I might still be married to that floor-licking, scum-sucking, receptionist-nailing hack-accountant, Mike Terwilliger."

Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend," Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit.

Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying.

Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one . . . last . . . thing?

My Take

I don't believe I have ever laughed so hard while reading a book. I loved every single character in this book. Lacey's reaction to learning of her husband's infidelity, although truly tragic and genuine, had me nearly in tears; and that was BEFORE she wrote the newsletter.

The story is written first person, by Lacey, the jilted wife. The love interest is Monroe.  Like Cher.  Why does she only call him by his last name?  THAT conversation seriously questioned my self-proclaimed "Iron Bladder" title.  The dialogue is brilliant and snarky.  I love snarky.  I love sarcasm.  I love speaking your mind without bothering to filter.  I love Emmett, Lacey's gay brother.  I love that relationship they have.  I love that Beebee  has no eyebrows except for the ones she draws on and they are asymmetrical. I love that I can open the book to any page and find something that tickles me completely stupid.

This is not a clean read and it is not without crass language.  However, I did not feel the story was an excuse to write a steamy sex scene or use a dirty word.  The crass talk and/or possible sex scenes actually added to the story.  I have NEVER said that about a book.

I really want Molly Harper to be my friend.

If you are interested in owning your very own copy of this really fun book, let me know in a comment.  For extra entries, follow me and let me know, tweet, facebook, digg, or post on own blog.  Include separate comments for each entry.  There are two copies available.

Contest ends August 16th.

*In case the Federal Trade Commission asks, nobody paid me to write this review nor has anybody offered me any money to publicly humiliate cheating husbands.  I was, however, provided a copy of this book for an honest review.

48 comments:

Autumn said...

Sounds like a fun read! I'm glad to know you had such a good time with it :)

Autumn said...

I'm a follower

Riahli said...

Ack! I really, really want to read this one!! Sounds like a super good read.

I've been following for a while so I don't think I count on the second seperate comment thingy, and I don't have time for anything else because quite frankly I'm suppose to be cleaning the house right now, oh well!

Maybe I'll just get super lucky...

Atypical Girl said...

I need a good laugh...and of course, I get one reading your awesome blog, but still. More laughs the better, right?

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Atypical Girl said...

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Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

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I'm a follower :)

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Amy said...

That looks like a really fun read.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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karenk said...

i'm a follower :)

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Shannon said...

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I follow. =)
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Riahli said...

~I'm a follower~ :)

Riahli said...

...and I'm going to sneak another one in too... ;)

Sue said...

I'd love this. Thank you for the giveaway.

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Crystal said...

I've been seeing this one around and it sounds really good.

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Crystal said...

I'm a follower :)

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Donna said...

Sounds like a good book and I love good books...include me in your giveaway.

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I follow your blog

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nfmgirl said...

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CountessLaurie said...

Thanks for the great review. Sounds good to me!!

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CountessLaurie said...

following, following, following, following (in a sing song monday voice...)

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Breanne said...

I would love to read this!

Breanne said...

I follow via GFC

Liza said...

Your review makes me want to read this one!

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

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belgd said...

Am a follower. (:

AmandaSue said...

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Audrey said...

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Kulot said...

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Crystal P said...

half drunk eh, lol
I'm intrigued, I must say!
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Kim said...

I'd like a chance for this one too--even if it isn't a clean read. :) I'm now also a follower.

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AmeliaB said...

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misha1989 said...

Hi
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Lejla said...

Look foward to read this book. Hope I'll be the one of two lucky winners. Thanks

pmernick said...

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Ruthie said...

Hope I'm in time...2 different dates on post & sidebar.

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