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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

**** Ready or Not? by Chris Manby. Chick lit.

Still with the brief comments--I still have 8 more books from December I haven't written about yet. Yeesh.

Heidi and Ed are getting married in 4 months. There's just one fly in the ointment, and that's that Ed turns into a.... well, "complete moron" would be putting it politely... when he's with his rugby pals. And then Heidi's ex, Steven, comes back into her life, as an utterly attractive single dad. And he wants her back. But then again, Ed is her soul mate, right? And Heidi does not do kids.

I'm really of two minds about this book. On the one hand, it's a lot of fun, and there's a wonderful plot thread about Heidi's best friend Kara, a single mother, who's just started dating again that provides conflict both when Heidi agrees to babysit and pawns off all the work on Ed, and again when Kara can't tell her new beau about her baby.

But on the other hand, I felt like there was a bit of bait-and-switch, and it seemed to be saying that Ed and his friends' outrageous behavior (stripping each other naked and shaving off all their body hair?) was something most guys do, and nothing to get upset about. Maybe I'm just sheltered.

Regardless, it was a fun read, and I was perversely pleased that it didn't end the way I expected it to.


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