Thursday, August 26, 2010

Escapades of Romantically Challenged Me by Maya Jax (Blog Tour)

December 4th 2009 by Lipstick Ninja Press
Paperback, 222 pages
Genre: fiction

"This is it. This is how I'm going to die. Here lies Lelaina Zane, aspiring writer, died at twenty-six while still living with her parents and dressed like a whore in her ex-boyfriend's basement. Cause of death is unknown, possible heart attack or strangulation by crazed mother-in-law to be." Lelaina Zane is mastering new levels of embarrassing social conduct... Lelaina, aspiring screenwriter and dating disaster, is busy impersonating a superhero to gain the attention of a Hollywood agent when she finds out that her dad had a heart attack. Leaving LA for the first time in three years, she returns home to be with her family. And now that she's back, her parents want her to stay and join the family law firm. After three years of unsuccessfully trying to 'make it' in Hollywood, she thinks they might be right. But soon after settling into her new life, Hollywood calls with a potential offer. Lelaina has to decide if she'll stay for her ailing father and the promise of a successful life, or return to LA to pursue what she's always wanted. Torn between her two choices, the decision becomes even harder when her cheating ex -- her first love, first kiss and first... you know -- reappears with apologies and a proposition.--Goodreads

My Review:
Escapades of Romantically Challenged Me made me laugh , made me cry, and made me think of the power of a story*.

I couldn’t believe how much this book made me laugh. It has some extremely funny and embarrassing parts that I will not forget any time soon. It also had some very serious and emotional scenes that made me think. When I started reading this book I thought the main character was a little outrageous and that maybe I shouldn’t continue reading the book but OMG I’m so glad I did.

Lelaina is the main character in this book. She is smart, dedicated, passionate and very accident prone. Her main goal in life is to become a screen writer but her parents have another career in mind for her. My first impression of her was that she was very dingy and desperate. But after getting to know her better I could see that she was just trying to make her dream of becoming a screen writer come true. It’s a difficult business and the only way to get noticed is if you put yourself out there. But in Lelainas case if anything can go wrong, it will. It seem like she is victim of a never ending stream of bad luck but some might call it fate. She is a very likable character and I started to feel a kinship with her by the end of the book.

There are lots of other characters in this story, friends and family, but Lelaina’s main love interest is her long time friend and ex-cheating boyfriend Conner. I don’t want to give too much away but when it comes to their relationship I’m just going to repeat one of Connor’s lines that is in the book. “It’s not what it looks like.” There is more to their story then what you see.

I do want to mention this one line Maya put in the book and it is “I don’t think I fully appreciated the power of a story until this moment.” When I read this line in the story I had a little epiphany. Yes stories can be a very powerful thing. They can be your companions and even your saviors when you are in desperate need of an escape of the real world. Especially when things seem forlorn and hopeless. I just wanted to share my thoughts on that and thank you Maya Jax for pointing this out to me. You have some fantastic scenes in this book and I truly enjoyed it.

This book is for adults and contains adult content and situations.

"I heard Super Girl was escorted to Emergency by a prostitute, so I figured it had to be you."



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1 comment:

  1. Hey there! Just wanted to stop by as many of the blogs that I follow as I could during the Friday Hop timeframe! If you have a chance, stop by The Wormhole and check out my 300 follower giveaway! Happy reading – have a great weekend!