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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Wake Up, Wanda Wiley is a work of romantic comedy fiction and quirky humor penned by author Andrew Diamond. Metaphysical in its original concept, this light and frothy humour is set within the mind of the titular character Wanda. Wanda is an author sinking into deep writer’s block, fuelled by an unsuccessful relationship and a tendency towards self-medication that fogs up her mind. But in that fog lives Hannah Sharpe, a creation of Wanda’s who never makes it to the page. In Wanda’s brain, she meets the meat-headed action hero Trever Dunwoody, and Hannah spies a way to use him to get her freedom and her story at last.
Author Andrew Diamond has created a bright and original rom-com with a cast of really enjoyable characters. A quick-read length book that would be suited for a holiday novel, Hannah’s exploits in the subconscious of her creator are sharp and extremely witty. She’s a hero anyone can root for, up against some intelligently drawn archetypes of popular fiction characters who slowly become more real and meaningful as the plot drives forward. Trevor is a hilarious example of this, whose role in the novel becomes surprisingly endearing as it goes on. Another specific feature that I really enjoyed was the dialogue, especially Hannah’s quips and the way she utilizes words (as any good character should) to orchestrate events. Overall, Wake Up, Wanda Wiley is a highly recommended read for fans who are tired of the tropes and want something brand new to enjoy. It is, as the subtitle says, 'The Most Original Romantic Comedy You'll Read All Year.'