Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review: Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer

Just Pru 
by Anne Pfeffer
New Adult Realistic Contemporary 
Asked to Review
Published by: Anne Pfeffer
Published on: March 2, 2015
Pages: 202
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


"My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn't bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be."

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam. 

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper? 


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: To be honest, when I agreed to review this, I hadn't even read the synopsis. The name Anne Pfeffer was enough to get me to want to read it. 

And she didn't disappoint.

Pfeffer is an incredibly talented writer. I have read several novels from her and have adored all of them. They leave me laughing out loud, sighing, and rooting for the characters so much that I don't dare read the books in public.

She has an ability to create characters that leap off the pages and stick with you; not only her main characters, but all of the secondary characters too.

I adored this book. I loved that Pfeffer took a character who was a little unconventional and gave her a voice. The novel is perfect for fans of romance, comedy, clean new adult, and novels about self-discovery. Really, the novel is a great read for anybody. I can't wait to see what Pfeffer comes up with next. 

The Characters: Pru is not your average character. She is a slightly overweight girl who has anxiety and depression and has never really been away from home until now. She's been on her own for two months, but everything is coming to an end. Until, ironically enough, her apartment burns down. 

Pru is a character that is lovable from the get-go. She has a witty personality and quotes movies like non other. Add that to a shy, awkward women who's discovering herself and you've got one heck of a good character.

The secondary characters were also fantastic. 

So why 4 stars? I loved it. It stood out from other books I've read and the writing was great. 

Warnings/Side-notes: There are some very vague mentions to drug, suicides, nudity, and alcohol/drug use. I'm talking very mild here. This is a book that I loved because its new adult and it was clean. That's a rare breed. There was one or two instances of strong language. 15/16+. 

The Wrap-up: An adorable, funny novel that I fell in love with. A great read that comes highly recommended. 

Love,

Danica Page

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