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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Getting Rid of Bradley

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

This is one of Crusie's earlier books, but it still has the Crusie magic.

High school science teacher Lucy Savage is, as the title says, "getting rid of Bradley"--Bradley being her soon-to-be ex-husband... if, that is, he didn't stand her up at their divorce hearing.

Taking her sister Tina's advice (Tina has a lot of advice), Lucy's getting on with her life. Or trying to.

Cop Zack Warren overhears them in a restaurant talking about "getting rid of Bradley," and follows Lucy to ask her about Bradley--an embezzler he's been trying to catch.

When someone shoots at her and he tackles her, Lucy, who didn't hear the shot, thinks he's mugging her and hits him with her bag, that's filled with science books.

If this is starting to sound like one of those screwball comedies, you'd be right. The banter and misadventure fly fast and furious, and just don't let up. And that would be enough to make the book worthwhile. But it's got the Crusie trademarks: a heroine who's changing her life, and fabulous writing, where every little detail means something.

And of course there are dogs: Einstein, Heisenberg, Maxwell, and Pete. This is also the book with the dog joke in it.

Getting Rid of Bradley is short but perfect. I've read it several times, and it never fails to entertain and impress.

Note: the last time I read this, I did a better job with the review, I think. Click Here to check it out.

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