Finding love is simple with the One True Love Plan.
“If only life were as easy as your sisters.” Abby’s heard that one before. And it’s true —Shelby and Kait aren’t exactly prim and proper. Abby is determined not to follow in their footsteps, so she has created the One True Love Plan. The most important part of the plan is Rule #1: Find Someone New. This means finding a guy who hasn’t already dated Shelby or Kait. But when Abby starts falling for the possible father of Kait’s baby, she has to figure out if some rules are meant to be broken.
Grade: D+ //
ARC -- cannot, will not quote :P
This book in a word: Incredible. And not in a good way.
The base of the spotlighted family is the mother, Mona (an erratic and irresponsible parental figure), and three sisters, Shelby (21), Kait (18), and Abby (15). Shelby has a three-year-old kid, Hannah, and Kait is pregnant for a portion of the book and then gives birth to premature baby named Stephanie. Abby’s father and Mona have been married twice—they’re divorced at the beginning of the novel. Mona is also pregnant (three months only, so no baby pops in the middle of the narrative, as it doesn’t have a very wide time line), her baby’s father being Steve, who is her at-the-time husband and Kait’s ex-boyfriend and allegedly Stephanie’s father. However, Stephanie could also be the daughter of next-door neighbor Jackson, who is also in love with Abby. Abby wants nothing to do with him because of this. Oh, and Steve is also sleeping around with Kait to boot.
Does this constitute enough showing (not telling) as to how farfetched the entire novel is? The sad thing is, this ensemble could’ve worked under any other plot. The slutty family theme begs for exploration, but this was taken so far past the line, it came together as comical and lacking. The characters, the situation, and the resolution—all extremely over-the-top. Some major toning down should’ve been applied as needed.
What’s funny is, the main character loves soap operas, so I guess the point in all this craziness was to create a connection between real life and soaps. And it didn’t work at all, what with all the commotion created by my handy WTF siren.
One redemptive aspect I found in this clutter of trailer park snafus was the Marjetta Geerling’s voice. Very realistic and quite funny, so I’ll keep look out for her next novel. This one missed the mark, but hopefully her next one will be a testament to her potential (or perceived potential, anyway).
No recommendation on this one, I’m afraid. Although, it might be good for amusement...