Friday, January 1, 2010

Becca By the Book

Author: Laura Jensen Walker
January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-27697-5
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction

Becca Daniels is adventurous—to the point where she is willing to sky-dive. Her second trip down though resulted in a broken leg when Becca landed long. Unable to commit, Becca has never had a relationship that lasted longer than a week, or a job that lasted longer than two years. So when her book club friends suggest she go back to the bookstore job Becca held down the longest, she is horrified…but, needing a job, she reapplies and is instantly hired.

Becca’s book club friends also dare Becca to date the same guy for three months. In return, they would do any three activities that Becca chooses. Becca thinks it’d be easy to date the same guy for three months, but she adds a clause, three months, or twenty-five dates, whichever comes first.

And then Ben comes into the bookstore. Ben is a Christian, and thus, “too churchy” and definitely not Becca’s type. But Becca is determined to win the bet, and Ben is determined to help her, so the two embark on a hilarious series of dates that plunges outspoken, purple-haired Becca into a sea of church potlucks and prayer meetings.

I have always enjoyed Laura Jensen Walker’s books, and I’ve loved both of the first two books in the Getaway Girls Novel series. Becca By the Book is the third book in the series, and it easily stands alone.

I think I enjoyed Becca by the Book the most of the three books in this series so far, mainly because I enjoyed having seeing all of Becca’s preconceived ideas of church and Christians busted in this humorous book. I especially loved the secondary character, Lucy, as she was real, fun, and totally loveable. I would like to have a friend like Lucy.

If you love books, and love totally real, quirky characters, then Becca by the Book is for you. The Getaway Girls Guide to Christianese is included at the end of the book. Written in first person, I was instantly able to relate to Becca and get to know her. I also enjoyed her snarkiness. Don’t miss Becca by the Book. $14.99. 320 pages.

The Advance Reader Copy of this book was sent to me for review by the publicist. No money was paid to me for this review.

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