Tuesday, April 29, 2014

G297 Book Review of A Comedy of Erinn by Celia Bonaduce

Name of Book: A Comedy of Erinn

Author: Celia Bonaduce

ISBN: 9781601831255

Publisher: Kensington

Type of book: Romance, chick-lit, May/December romance, Italy, TV, snob, know-it-all, unlikable character

Year it was published: 2013


Erinn Wolf needs to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright turned photographer, she's almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of her sister's constant worry. When a job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, she's thrilled to be making a paycheck--and when a hot Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she's certain her life is getting a romantic subplot. But with the director, brash, gorgeous young Jude, dogging her every step, she can't help but look at herself through his lens--and wonder if she's been reading the wrong script all along. . .


While other characters populate the book, the only few that stand out in my mind are Erinn, Massimo, Jude and the sister Suzanna. Erinn is the most frustrating and unlikable character that I have encountered in my journey of fiction. She argues over pointless details, corrects people about their grammar in a condescending way, and yet good things happen to her! I often think that because of people like her, the intellectuals have a bad name. Massimo is a charming Italian man who seems to be perfect for Erinn and secretly I wish Erinn would have gotten with him. The romance between her and another character feels way too forced. Jude is Erinn's polar opposite. He uses current slang and isn't someone Erinn can get along with. I actually liked Suzanna because she's warm and sisterly and affectionate.


Everything great happens in one day


Its written in third person narrative primarily from Erinn's point of view. I have to admit that the story and plot weren't realistic for me: someone who never had TV experience but only theater manages to land on TV and then is very egotistical and gives bad name to intellectuals also is well liked and manages to have two men after her? I would imagine that working there is cut-throat and its not suited for newbies.

Author Information:
Celia Bonaduce is an award-winning producer whose credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone. If Celia Bonaduce’s last name is any indication, she is proof that TV talent runs in the family. 

An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach is book one of her three-book deal with eKensington, a digital imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. The follow up novel, A Comedy of Erinn, has also been released, and book three, Much Ado About Mother, will be coming out on May 14, 2014

You can visit Celia Bonaduce’s website at http://celiabonaduce.com/

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Just because I rated it two stars it doesn't mean that the writing was horrible. It simply means that the cover, the story, and the character have completely turned me off from liking the story. Just thinking about the character is enough to make my blood boil. Better yet, if my blood worked as a grill, then right now let's enjoy a nice juicy hamburger. In other words, this isn't a book for me. I knew it would be a chick lit romance, but typically the reader should enjoy a character whatever their personal feelings about it, and its really not good when you're hoping for the main character to fail. What I wasn't warned is that it has tones of May/December romance and that the book and storyline are not realistic whatsoever. Umm, if you constantly correct someone, especially if they happen to be the boss, then wouldn't this person fire you or whatnot? And something that always mystifies me is how can a guy fall in love with a woman that is literally pain in the butt?

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2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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