rather take a film class he knows nothing about than work for his father this
summer. Then he stumbles, no wait, rams into this tiny Goth chick on campus
dressed in black with a mouth that scalds. Wouldn’t you know not only do they
have the same class, but they get partnered up. Yeah, she is hot in a dark and
deadly kind of way, yet her razor-sharp tongue shreds. There is just something
about Stephanie that keeps him interested, or maybe she’s bewitched him? Ethan
is really not sure if she is human or a little demon under all that makeup and snark
she throws at him.
LOVELY is by author Lauren Layne. To say Ms. Layne’s word-crafting is bullwhip
sharp would be an understatement, and to say her writing is brilliant would be
spot-on. How she gets Stephanie and Ethan’s characters to converse will have
you in stitches. Even more amazing is how these two find the threads of
emotional baggage to link them in ways that are profound. Maybe these two polar
opposites will find they really are more alike than they realize. The rub is
you will have to read this phenomenal book to find that out.
When you combine a Miniature Goth Monster—he thinks—and a Prada toting, walking
toothpaste commercial, beefcake douchebag—she thinks—then stir in sexual
attraction up the wazoo and ISN’T SHE LOVELY is a book that will give you sore
sides from laughing, not to mention an aching wrist from flipping through the
pages to read how these two characters survive being thrown together for a
class project for a summer college class. If Ethan and Stephanie were a salad
dressing they would definitely be oil and vinegar flooded with Sriracha.
Before I even finished the first chapter, I am sure my neighbors could hear my
laughter a couple of houses away. Ms. Layne’s sense of humor triggered fits of
hilarity the likes of which I rarely come across. Zingers flow left and right
between Stephanie and Ethan to a point that I had to stop reading to get a hold
of myself (laughing uncontrollably while wiping away tears).