Funny You Should Ask

What I read: Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman

Why I picked it up: I liked the cover when I saw it on the new release shelf at the library.

How I read it: On paper in three sittings.

What it’s about: Chani is invited to do a follow up on her viral article from ten years ago. The original launched her writing career, but it has always been clouded by one question, “what really happened that weekend?” Now she gets a bit of a do-over, but so does Gabe. He’s different now, less Hollywood, more himself.

What I liked: There’s this bookstore in Montana called “Cozy” that I really wanted more of. He gave her the perfect day there.

What I disliked: The double standard for men and women in Hollywood is on full display here. Everyone thinks she slept with him to advance her career, and no one believes her when she tells the truth: nothing happened. They just smile, nod, and judge her forever.

Genre: Multiple timelines, celebrity, writing, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I think it’s worth a read. Heads up for an open door scene at the end.

33: Red Carpet Summer

Red Carpet Summer by Melissa Ferguson

I started this days ago when I was still in Portugal. I thought I’d read a ton on the plane, but instead I watched a ton of Jack Ryan. Then I got home and was engrossed in Downton Abbey, a show that just delights me.

So I said, “enough’s enough with all that tv” and decided to abandon it for Lent and read more. So finished this delight tonight. Melissa wrote The Dating Charade which I read earlier this year and loved. She gives this ebook away for free on her site. Just go here if you’re interested:

There were so many great insights into the music industry and how “celebrity” is degrading to women much of the time. Addie meets Skyler (Uber-Famous singer) in a diner one night and then becomes her assistant for the summer. Addie and Skyler each have their own stories and they’re delightful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️