Review: True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson

True Love and Other DisastersDetails: True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson

Pub. Date: April 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Mass Market Paperback , 368pp
Sales Rank: 43,600
Series: Chinooks Hockey Team Series

True Love and Other Disasters Synopsis:

Disaster Number One: Men

Hard knocks and hunger taught Faith Duffy not to believe in love. Still, when she married her very wealthy—and very old—husband, she became the perfect wife. And then he went to that big bank in the sky, leaving Faith with lonely nights, a pile of money, and a total mess of a pro hockey team. Heck, Faith doesn’t even watch hockey!

Disaster Number Two: Passion

But most of America and half of Canada is watching Ty Savage. His lethal sex appeal and deadly right hook make him the favorite of fans. For most of Ty’s life, he’s dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. The last thing he needs is a bimbo messing up his plans.

Disaster Number Three: Love

Faith loathes Ty on sight, but she can’t stop thinking about him all day . . . and night. Then a moment of temptation ends with Faith in Ty’s bed, and she begins to see there’s more to him than sex appeal. Ty discovers there’s far more to Faith than beauty and billions. But a relationship with Faith is impossible, and falling in love—that would be a disaster.

My Thoughts:

Rachel Gibson did  a great job with making True Love and Other Disasters a book that was easily read and enjoyable for those who know nothing about hockey.  I was not really sure about this book at first because even though I am from Detroit and hockey is a huge thing around here in Hockeytown, I know next to nothing about the story.  Based on that I figured, that I would get very frustrated with the hockey end of this story but the exact opposite was true.  I wanted more and more of these wonderful people and their story.

Faith was by far one of my favorite women in a romance novel this year.  She knew that because of her background of being a stripper, being a centerfold in Playboy and the simple fact that she was so much younger than her husband, people thought the worst of her.  That she was just after his money and it was all superficial.   It might have started that way but she was completely in love with her husband.  That being said she was very surprised that he left her his hockey team, especially since his son had all but told his father he expected the team when he died.  Faith almost let’s the son bully her out of the team but in the last moment she decides to keep it and has to take on Ty, the team captain who is not going to let anyone especially some woman get in his way of winning the Stanley Cup something that is the last thing he needs to do in his career.  They hate each other from the moment the meet but soon all of that changes but being together would be a huge problem for both of them.

This is a light fun-loving romance story with frustration, secrets, pain, laughs, and so much more.  Like with most books in this genre the plot is not outstanding or really complex rather a fun read that allows one to check out from their normal life and enjoy someone else’s.  The flow of the story moves along and by the end you just want to find out what happens to these two.

My Rating for True Love and Other Disasters:

 3 Penguins:  This was a fun story and a good read.  Not one that I would probably reread over and over again but a nice relaxing beach read.

*I received this book as a gift.  All opinions are my own.




Review: Pink by Lili Wilkinson

PinkDetails:  Pink by Lili Wilkinson


        • Pub. Date: February 2011
        • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
        • Format: Hardcover , 310pp
        • Sales Rank: 254,939
        • Age Range: Young Adult

Pink Synopsis:

Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new—she’s even ready to besomeone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.

Transferring to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence is the perfect chance to try on a new identity. But just in case things don’t work out, Ava is hiding her new interests from her parents, and especially from her old girlfriend.

Secrets have a way of being hard to keep, though, and Ava finds that changing herself is more complicated than changing her wardrobe. Even getting involved in the school musical raises issues she never imagined. As she faces surprising choices and unforeseen consequences, Ava wonders if she will ever figure out who she really wants to be.

Humor, heart, and the joys of drama—on- and offstage—combine in Ava’s delight-fully colorful journey of self-discovery.


My Thoughts:

Ava is a young girl who is a lesbian, out to her parents who have very relaxed thoughts on this, has decided that maybe she is not who she has created for herself and decides that she is going to transfer to a new school, Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence.  From the very first day this school is very different, it is harder than she thought it would be and she learns that she will be grading herself.  Ava goes from wearing all black in her previous school to wearing pink in her new school.  This is a huge change.  She is out to make new friends and land herself a boyfriend.  Little does she know that friends can be hiding in the strangest of places, where there are least expected.

There was just a lot going on in Pink.  At times, it was difficult for me to manage the different parts of Ava’s life.  For me, the fact that she was able to keep the two halves secret for so long seemed a bit far fetched for me.  I am sure that it is possible but I just don’t know.

I did enjoy the message of Pink the most.  I think that the book would be very easy for teens to relate to especially those who thought that they were one way and realize that maybe they aren’t or want other things out of relationship, school ect.  I also like that Ava found the “better” friends in a place she never guessed she would out of a very embarrassing situation something that I know every teen can relate to.

So overall, while Pink was not my favorite story, the message is really want made it work for me and why I would recommend this for a teen who is just trying to figure things out.  That is always a tough thing!

My Rating:



* I borrowed this book from the library and all opinions are my own.