Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: "Slicker"

by Lucy Jackson
Copyright 2010
Lazybones Inc, LLC
Adult Fiction

Fun book!  Young Desiree Christian-Cohen, a budding writer, decides she needs to get away from her life in New York City.  With recently divorced parents, a recently out-of-the-closet father, and an elderly grandparent being cared for by her mother, she just can't take it anymore.  She closes her eyes and points at a map and ends up a few days later in Honey Creek, Kansas. 

Desiree spends the summer in Honey Creek, inveigling herself into the locale with her charm, wit and just the plain and simple fact that she is a tourist where they've never seen a tourist before.  Desiree falls in love with the country folks, the simple life and a young man who is able to fill the void she didn't even know she had. 

There were some bad moments in the book:  when Desiree's ex-boyfriend shows up and threatens to ruin everything, when one of her new friends shows up at the local diner beaten up by her boyfriend.  But for the most part, it was a light-hearted and fun book to read.  My favorite line in the book was "Don't bother trying to understand someone else's life.  It's one of those things that can't be done."  Simple words from a simple character, but they rang true to Desiree. 

Loved that the title is really calling her a city slicker and has nothing to do with the raincoat on the cover. 

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