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Book Review: The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire by Sandra Hutchison

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Recovering both physically and mentally from a plane crash that took the lives of his wife and daughter, college professor David Asken is a mess. His sister hires 16-year-old Molly from across the street to help out with cooking, cleaning and making sure David takes his meds, eats, pays bills, etc. Due to David’s depressed state of mind and Molly’s somewhat neglectful parents, the two form an unconventional and rather controversial relationship. But the development of their relationship is only one of many thought-provoking topics covered in this novel.

The attraction David and Molly feel for one another is made obvious through their actions and inner dialogue. While I knew it would be wrong for a man in his thirties to hook up with a teenager, the prospect became more acceptable to me as their relationship deepened. Aw hell, I’ll just admit it, by the end I was rooting for a romantic HEA for the two of them. But before you judge me or the author for crafting a story filled with such taboo, read the book to find out why the idea of them being together didn’t disgust me.

Kudos to Hutchison for tackling several delicate subjects with candor, realism and punches of humor. Also, her writing is smart and seamless.

One of my favorite quotes:

“But perhaps it was one of those things adults were just expected to develop a taste for, like Brussels sprouts and oral sex.” – Molly’s take on coffee

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Book Review: Pieces of It All by Tracy Krimmer

Pieces of It All gives readers a realistic look at young love. (Or should I say lust?) It took me back to a time when I wondered what it felt like to be in love and reminded me of all the times I realized what it wasn’t.

Beth is a high school graduate preparing to head off to college. She’s book smart, responsible, and a good daughter and friend. She’s also innocent and naive. Harvey, on the other hand, comes from a broken family, is a recovering alcoholic, and is much more experienced with dating than Beth. When Harvey and Beth meet, there is an instant attraction. Beth tries to take things slow despite her intense feelings for Havey, but things end up heating up quickly.

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Beth and Harvey. I really liked Beth because she’s a good girl with a good head on her shoulders. Sure, there were times when her actions annoyed me, but this is a new adult novel, so I expected a few poor decisions that would ultimately lead to personal growth. I felt that her thoughts and actions were realistic for a girl her age. For example, she followed her heart against the advice of family and friends. That’s what most young people do in real life, and that’s how they learn! And then there’s Harvey–another realistically drawn character. Harvey is the bad boy, the boy girls want to fix. Goodness, knows I dated my fair share of Harveys.

“Every girl has one–the bad boy who just drives her crazy.”

While I felt sad for Harvey given the home life he grew up with, I didn’t like him at all near the end. Some of his perverted thoughts about Beth bothered me (even though most young men probably think that way), and he did something that made me question his character. After that particular event, my opinion of him continued to go downhill. I even noted the following while reading: “This guy is an immature a$$hole. He’s more than just flawed. He’s a complete a$$hole. And how old is he? I’d expect these actions from a teen, not a guy in his twenties.” So, that about sums up how I felt about Harvey.

When I got to chapter twenty-four, it sort of felt like part two. This is where Beth really starts to grow and where Harvey proves who he really is. His behavior saddened me because he reminded me of people who’ve been dealt a crappy hand in life and instead of working hard to turn things around, they use it as an excuse to treat others poorly. I’m glad Beth was smart enough to do what was best for her in the end.

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Don't Call Me Kit Kat

Now Available: Don’t Call Me Kit Kat

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Thoughts from readers:

“I like to read books that I can take something away from when I’m done. Don’t Call me Kit Kat is more than a story about a girl working through her problems. It is more than plot and structure. This book delves deep into what it means to have an eating disorder.” – Rachel Barnard, Author

“Readers learn eating disorders don’t just happen overnight and don’t have economic boundaries…This gripping story delivers believable characters dealing with real issues.” – John Kurtze, Goodreads Reviewer

This book took me right back to junior high. All of the insecurities and fear that young girls have; it all felt so real.” – Alicalynn, Goodreads Reviewer

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