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Recognizable as a Goldsmith but too drawn out
am 28. Juni 2002
This book, while recognizable as coming from the pen of Olivia Goldsmith, is very slow paced. And this - next to the poor character development - is the greatest drawback of the story, which is basically interesting. The characters are likeable but Goldsmith treats them somewhat superficially. She gets into their heads but doesn't delve deep enough - especially into the two main characters, Jon and Tracie.
Tracie, a budding writer with a bad-boy lover Phil, tries to turn Jon, the nerdy, workaholic good boy (who visits his six moms every Mother's Day), into a bad boy in order to help him get lucky with the ladies. But the experiment backfires: Tracie doesn't like the new Jonny and Jon doesn't like Tracie using him as the subject of an article on makeovers. Minors characters remain just that - minor - again the treatment is somewhat shallow, where there is greater potential for character development. I think this is what bothered me the most.
All in all, this is not a book I would recommend anybody buy. It's just not a keeper. If you can borrow it from a friend or get it at the library, it'll provide you with a couple of hours of easy reading and a few chuckles.