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Friday, October 22, 2010

And One Last Thing...

And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper

Grade: 4 stars out of 5
After discovering that her husband is cheating on her, Lacey sends a mass newsletter to friends, families, and coworkers of what a dick he is. But the newsletter garners more attention than she ever thought of and lawsuits are now being thrown. Lacey goes into hiding from her soon to be ex-mother-in-law, the press and random people.

Lacey runs off and stays in her families old summer home near on the dock. There she meets Monroe who is renting the neighboring home to get away from the noise of the city. And recently divorced woman. But Lacey’s southern hospitality will be her downfall and Monroe’s.
And One Last Thing... is one of the more humorous chick-lit novels that I enjoyed very, very much. It is part legal stuff (not boring at all guys!), part crime-thriller novel writing, and part family embarrassment. But constantly fun and a blast to read.

What And One Last Thing... and several other chick-lit novels have in common that I recently found was the involvement of families. In teen novels it seems that families are missing or at least one of them is dead, but in this genre the family is present throughout the entire novel and 99.99% of the time they are crazy.

Quite frankly the majority of the characters in And One Last Thing... were an enjoyment to read because there were vibrant characters—full of life they were. Lacey’s brother, Emmett, who is gay demonstrates some of the clichés of fashion orientated spunk, and that extra spoonful of perky, but has an overly protective male buffness.Some of his antics and his choice of friends were LOL-worthy. Monroe’s family, all aptly titled Dr. Monroe (Monroe is their last name), was a hoot. A little spoilery for you but what other family would be completely okay by finding a new girlfriend half-naked making coffee in your son’s home? And then joke about it? Hilarious.

Lacey’s growth in finding her own self outside that little bubble of plastic, cheerful, perfect suburban home is diminished when compared to Mike’s “apology”. Having cheated on her for his secretary, “BumbleBee” (another cliché which borders on intentional), readers may expect and want an earnest apology, but we did not get that. We were only left with an agreement that all charges would be dropped.

In all, Molly Harper’s And One Last Thing... is a feminist work of fiction that has a great sense of humor, a strong style of writing, and a cast of the most interesting characters I’ve read in a long time.

P.S. I am going to immerse myself in her adult romance series as soon as school allows me to. Any opinions of those?

 Cover B- (fits the book nicely)
Source: Won from Gallery Books via Twitter
Published: 2010 July 27; paperback

3 comments:

  1. I love legal dramas and romance so this sounds really cute!

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  2. I'm not sure this book is for me, but I enjoyed your review!

    Stopping by from Book Review Wednesday!

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  3. I generally don't go for "chick lit", but I DID enjoy this book! It was well-written and totally funny. I actually found myself reading some of the more humorous passages aloud to some co-workers at lunch!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

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