My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 23rd 2012
Genres & Themes: YA, Coming of Age, M/M romance, LGBT, Contemporary, Funny, Family, Friendship.
Howie gets a job at Artie Kraft’s Arts ‘N Crafts hoping to score with his lady coworkers. After all, girls love a sensitive guy, and what’s more sensitive than dedicating your life to selling yarn and … stuff? (Okay, so maybe it’d be a good idea to actually learn what one sells at an arts ‘n crafts store.) But things don’t go exactly according to plan. Coworker #1 is Cora: tiny, much-pierced, and way too fierce to screw with in any sense. Coworker #2 is Kristy: blonde, bubbly, unattainable perfection. And Coworker #3 is, well, Arthur. It goes without saying that he’s not an option. Right?
Yeah, Howie’s life just got straight up confusing.
This may truly be the funniest book I’ve read in 2014!
The humor was present throughout the story and I felt it but the laugh out loud moments? Not exactly…
See, up to 40% of this book, I laugh out loud an uncountable amount of times and even thought very very hard about giving this a 5 star rating. BUT, after that 40%, more specifically 50%, it felt like the story was dragging and I wondered really hard when was Artie finally going to stop lying to his loved ones about who he really is. Though, since this is a coming of age story, I can understand the process of denial, revelation, acceptance, etc.
Nonetheless, the humor was still present after that percentage of the book but it didn’t make me laugh anymore. It may be because I got used to it…or maybe Howie just wasn’t funny anymore. I guess the drama took a big of a higher importance and I understand that, but I still wanted to be able to laugh…
Don’t get me wrong, I still think this is the funniest book I’ve read in 2014 because 40% of a book of 317 pages is something, so I did have a great time reading it. Plus, the drama scenes weren’t as dramatic as those usually are so this is incontestably a wonderful and relaxing read that I recommend to every M/M romance lover.
Howie is, for sure, a very easy character to connect with. You may not agree with the way he thinks and the reasons he wants that job at Artie Kraft’s Arts ‘N Crafts, but never will you hate or think he is a self-centered person. Because he isn’t. He cares about his mom, his brother, his friends and come to care about the people he works with as well.
He was actually a realistic person with honest thoughts. The fact that we always knew everything he was thinking about was a big plus to the story since that’s what makes me connect with a main character, usually. He was endearing.
Artie…changes. I couldn’t say if it’s because we don’t know him at first, except from Howie’s vision of him, but I feel like he had a major character development (the good kind.) He’s older than Howie but you won’t have the possibility to focus on that since he will charm you, reader.
One character I didn’t quite like though (but at first did) was Kristy. She started by being a very nice girl who cares but then I felt like she was becoming waaaay too upbeat and excited about every single good thing. She didn’t feel realistic nor was I patient to deal with her so, when she wasn’t in the picture, I was very happy girl.
The writing is very good and brought to life the majority of characters, especially Howie, plus an absolutely comfortable atmosphere.
Do you want an entertaining, original and heart-warming read?
If yes, I am curiously looking at why you haven’t picked this book up yet. *winks*
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