Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: Pinch Me by Adena Halpern

Pinch Me by Adena Halpern

Publisher: Touchstone 
Pages: 265 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon  


“Never marry a man unless he’s short, bald, fat, stupid, and treats you badly.” That is the advice that twenty-nine-year-old Lily Burns has heard her entire life from her grandmother Dolly and her mother, Selma. Despite this, when she meets Gogo, the handsome, successful pediatrician who treats her like a queen, she has no choice but to let her heart take over. When she agrees to marry him, Dolly and Selma are inconsolable. They decide it’s time to tell her the truth: their family is cursed. If she marries for love, there will be unimaginable consequences. 

Nevertheless, Lily and Gogo elope. Unable to believe her good fortune, Lily asks Gogo to pinch her—to make sure all this isn’t just a dream. The moment he does, Lily finds herself transported back to the house she lived in when she was single. Gogo is gone. When Lily tracks him down, she finds that he’s married to someone else and has no memory of her. In this modern fairy tale, Lily must find a way to break the curse and turn her nightmare back into a dream come true.

Kritters Thoughts:  What a cute book!  Lily grew up with a mother and grandmother who thought that a family curse ruined each of their relationships with men.  After they went through their fair share of men, they decided that raising Lily to avoid relationships would be best for her.  I think that since they raised her that way, she wanted even more to find the man of her dreams.

Lily finds the man that she wants to marry in Gogo (I know why would you name a character Gogo?).  Even after all the warning from her family she runs off and elopes.  I thought it was endearing to still believe in love even though she didn't have an example to live up to.  The curse really does exist, which gives this very chick lit read a little twist.  

With an ease to its reading, this book was a quick read that would be perfect for a week at the beach.  I thought it was a great take on a chick lit classic storyline.  It made the story feel fresh and new.  I would recommend this book to all the fans of the chick lit genre.

Rating: perfect beach read

Off the Shelf Challenge 2012: 4 out of 50

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