Friday, August 13, 2010

Review: The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale

Becky is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets her dream actor Felix Callahan by chance. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later something has happened, though nothing has happened… it isn't sexual. It isn't even quite love. But soon Felix shows up in the Utah 'burbs to visit and before they know what's hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky's husband is pretty cool about it. Her children roll their eyes. Her best (girl)friend can't get her head around it. But Felix (think Colin Firth) and Becky have something special… something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it?-

The Actor and the Housewife was wildly entertaining. The dialoge between Becky and Felix is hilarious and makes me wish I was just as witty. The book covers a huge time span (11 years I think...?) which is difficult to do in one novel. Unfortunately I found some parts to be a little slow and had to muscle through. Other parts, however, were touching and yes I shed some tears (some because I was laughing so hard).

A recommended read if you enjoy LDS fiction/comedy.

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