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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Getting Rid of Bradley

***** Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie. Contemporary romance. Re-read.

I'd read this before, in the original Harlequin, but it's definitely re-readable. I don't have all of the reissues, but I do have all Jenny's books and a good number of the reissues.

Lucy Savage, like a lot of Crusie heroines, has decided to take control of her life, but so far it's not going well. Her husband Bradley stood her up in divorce court, the blonde dye job that was supposed to symbolize her independence turned out greenish, her sister keeps telling her what to do, and the sexy guy in the leather jacket turned out to be a mugger. At least she stood up for herself there--she beat him off with her physics book.

Except he wasn't really a mugger--he was a cop, and he'd knocked her down to keep her from being shot. Zack Warren's after an embezzler named Bradley, and when he overheard Lucy tell her sister she was going home to "get rid of Bradley" (throw out all his stuff), he put 2 & 2 together.

Now he's adding protecting Lucy to finding Bradley.

Getting Rid of Bradley is fast-moving and witty, with wonderful screwball-comedy dialogue and characters whose view of the world is just slightly skewed, but in their heads they're completely reasonable.

It just occurred to me that that's one thing I always enjoy about a Crusie novel--how clearly you can see the characters. Even when you're in their POV (point of view, not privately owned vehicle), you can see the contrast between how they see the world and how the world sees them--because everybody's a little off-center--it's part of being human.

And there's a dog--three of them, in this case, including Heisenberg, who does a "dog joke," and cracks me up completely.

I loved watching Lucy and Zack fall in love and merge their lives. You can see it happening, kind of like those clocks with clear cases so all the little gears are visible. There's no sudden about-face, no unmotivated actions, it's all right there on the page. I'm not explaining this well, I realize, but it makes perfect sense in my head. At any rate, it makes the book a joy to read, and re-read.


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Getting Rid of Bradley, is one of the book I haven't got the copy or even read it yet. Am slowly collecting Crusie's books :)

Great review, sound like a fun book.

I really looking forward to your review on "Agnes and the Hitman" *grin*
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