Book: The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
Genre: Literary Fiction... Romance-ish
I finally fit in this book that I've heard so much about. Some loved it, some not so much. I was anxious to know what my reaction would be.
First, the story. A Utah Mormon mom with four kids (sheesh, sound familiar?) goes to LA to close the deal with a screenplay she's written. What luck! She runs into her celebrity crush! And he hangs around, giving her a ride, taking her out to eat, etc. They hit it off and become best friends. So how does her husband handle it all? He tries to be understanding, but when things really get going, he starts feeling a little more weird about the whole thing. And so the conflict goes from there.
I don't know why, but some stuff made me a little squirmy. Maybe because the character was so familiar (except she was funny and outgoing, and I'm so... not.) But it did make me wonder, what would I do if my celebrity crush (any guesses who it would be?) suddenly became part of my life. Weird. I mean... really really weird. But fun to ponder anyway.
But weird or not, I totally enjoyed it. What a fun book, really. The character had some hard choices to make, and all was not fun and games, but it was interesting to see where it all lead.