Release Date: 06/10/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Small town country girl Elva Presley Hicks is about to attend her five-year class reunion with her best friends, Shay and Margarett.
The discovery of an old fanfic manuscript stirs up memories of her summer job as a plumber’s helper in Houston the summer before senior year. She earned a lot of money that year, but was lonely as heck.
It’s not like there weren’t any suitors back then. Elva could have chosen between Chase, the obese pig farmer, and Wyatt, the plumber with wandering hands. But Elva yearned for something more, and found it that fateful summer, with electrician, Mitch McCall.
It was magical. Mitch wasn’t turned off by Elva’s name or fan fiction writing, and Elva didn’t lose interest in Mitch after he cut off his nose at work.
Trials and triumphs followed including a friendship implosion, world-wide fanfic humiliation, and goat salvation. It would go down as the most memorable summer of high school.
But as these things sometimes do, the summer romance fizzled and Elva moved on to life after high school. And while she’s ready to reminisce, she is unnerved when she runs into Mitch at the reunion. Can they give it another go after so much time has passed, or are they too different now to even try?
I was really intrigued when I read the blurb for this book. While this book wasn’t what I expected, it was still enjoyable. I thought that this book would be mostly centered in the present so that we could see what was going on with Elva and her friends now, but it actually only had, like, ten pages of present day content, and the rest was a big flashback.
It was interesting to read in Elva’s point of view; there were moments that I got very frustrated with her, but there were also moments that I couldn’t help but sympathize with her. There were things that happened in the story that were pretty predictable, but there were also things that I thought would happen, but didn’t happen at all, or just didn’t happen the way I thought they would. One thing that really interested me about Elva was her fanfic. I had a feeling I knew what would happen, but I hoped I would be wrong. One thing that I didn’t like very much about this book was Elva’s disdain for religion. I didn’t think that she was very fair concerning Margarett’s religion. I know that there are some branches of religion that are a little extreme, and in this case, Margarett’s was extreme, but I feel like if Elva was really a good friend she wouldn’t have been so pushy about rebelling and would have just let it be. I have friends that I’m sure think that some of my religious stuff is crazy, but they don’t bash on it and they don’t try and get me to fall away from my faith; those are real friends. I liked how the book ended, but I felt like I would have enjoyed it more if we had had more insight into the present day stuff so we could have seen how things played out.
About the Author
Molly Blaisdell is a dash of fun, mixed in with some smart cookie and a splash of capable. She started her first fan fiction group in junior high and never stopped writing. Today, she writes about geeky girls with lofty dreams and about the absolute craziness of falling in love. Her debut novel is PLUMB CRAZY, a NA/YA romantic comedy. She’s also the author of 30 books for children and hundreds of articles. You can find her and her books at www.mollyblaisdell.com.
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