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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Mom's Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway is a laugh-out-loud story of a slightly dysfunctional group of family and friends. Crystal is 25; she’s got a good job, a fiancé, a nice place to live and a great holiday to Hawaii booked. Or at least she did have. Now she’s been dumped, with no job and nowhere to live – except with Mom. Margot is driving Crystal round the bend, forever asking for help, dragging her to parties and just not letting her write her novel in peace. Her sister works for a “Smart Companion” designer so Crystal decides to order one for her Mom; enter Adam. This could go one of two ways – a complete and utter disaster or the best decision Crystal ever made. What could possibly go wrong?
Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway was very different. Written in the form of journal entries, text messages, emails, and excerpts of the novel Crystal is writing, this was a hilarious meeting between Sophie Kinsella and Bridget Jones. It took me a while to get used to the way the book was written but, when I did, I couldn’t put it down. This story is very cleverly written, everything meshing together nicely to form a hilarious comedy with a bittersweet touch or two. The character development builds through the story and you get a real sense of who these people are via the eyes of their nearest and dearest, a great way of building characters. It moves along at a nice pace, with plenty going on and plenty of laughter along the way. Great book, and fans of Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella will love this fresh, original story.