Sunday, November 18, 2012

Novel Review: Georgie on His Mind by Jennifer Shirk

              Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance (with no sex scenes)

Rating (Out of 5): ~2.5
Publisher: Thomas Bouregy & Co. (Avalon Books)
Spoilers?: No/Very Minor.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Georgie Mayer has no boyfriend and rarely goes out. In short, she needs a life. Since graduating from college and returning home, her brother's protectiveness has been in overdrive, and she hasn't been able to have any fun, never mind go on a date.
So what's a poor particularly attractive girl to do in a situation like this? The only thing she can do: find him a woman!
He'll thank her for it in the end. That is, if his best friend Walt Somers would stop interfering with her plans. The handsome pharmacist has made it no secret that he doesn't approve of what she's up to. Unfortunately, having Walt hanging around does strange things to her mind, and she finds she can't help but take a healthy interest in him. But how can Georgie entertain thoughts of the two of them together when Walt still treats her like his best friend's little sister?

Available on Amazon.


I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Like, really badly. When I found it, I thought it would be one of those cute little gems that are always overlooked. And was a bit disappointed when I found that I was wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t very good, either.
This book is about a girl, name Georgie, who works at a pharmacy and falls for her brothers best friend, Walt, who has just moved back to town.
The characters were fine, but I didn’t really have a lot of feelings for them. Their relationships were pretty good. Well, fundamentally. I liked Georgie and her brother, Brad’s, relationship. I almost always like the idea of a brother’s sister and best friend getting together. Georgie’s interactions with her friends were nice. The whole idea of the story, with how Georgie falls and not wanting to be in a serious relationship while he does, and entering a dating contest, are interesting.
It just wasn’t pulled off as well, or as interesting, as I thought it would be. It wasn’t boring, per se, but it never captured me the way I wanted it to. There wasn't really any surprises, it was very predictable in that I knew exactly where it was going, and there weren't very many small things that made it even better along the way. I mean, it took me, like, a week to get through this book, and it’s not even two hundred pages long (although, part of that might be me, since I seem to be going through a very slow streak).
The writing wasn't super pretty, but I didn't really have any problems with it.
My favorite parts were probably when Georgie and Walt were trying not to think about the other, trying not to think about all the little things they liked about them. Also, I wanted more about Brad. And we got a tiny glimpse of his love life, and then were kind of left hanging, when I was hoping there would be more resolve. (Although, apparently there's going to be a sequel [mentioned in her blog, and this contest], titled with the girl he had a thing for's name, so maybe there will be some resolve there.)
Maybe, hopefully, other people found this book to be better than I did, cause it was probably just not for me.

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