Wow, I’m truly honored! Special thank you to Linda for introducing me!
I’m writing this quick post to introduce you all to Yecheilyah Ysrayl, a book review blogger, author, and all-round nice gal here on WordPress. It’s not just because she reviewed my novelette, All Good Stories, and gave it 5 stars, I’m writing about her because she gives great (and helpful) reviews. In a market so full, it’s hard to choose what to read, isn’t it? We really need reviews these days that go beyond the minimalistic, “I liked it,” to know what we’re investing our money in. Because money doesn’t grow on trees. Neither do books anymore, for that matter. (Sorry for the cheesy joke, I’ve been watching too much Stephen Colbert.)
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Familiar with Linda through her blog, Life in Progress, I expected humor. What I didn’t expect was to finish the book in two hours laughing my butt off! Everyone knows how I love a good laugh and Linda did not disappoint. All Good Stories is a romantic comedy about friends Jupiter and Xavier and takes place, for the most part, at the bookstore where Xavier works. From the onset, we can tell there’s a bit more heart invested on Xavier’s part. The cute way Jupiter shortens his name, the way he dreams of being with her, and the added bonus of being her best friend.
However, Jupiter’s got a new novel. It wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t lead her to Bob the Blogger, a novelist and blogger obsessed with alliterations whose profile picture looks nothing like the real him. After a steamy three hours commenting back and forth with Jupiter, Bob has agreed to critique her novel, has written her three love poems with the added warning that he will NOT use the first letter of her best friends’ name (because he’s a Serial Alliterator and X just wouldn’t go well with his alliterations), and has given her his phone number.
Bob’s weirdness causes Xavier’s growing love and concern for Jupiter to thicken into a hilarious investigation. Plus, what’s Jupiter’s book about anyway?
Though funny, this book also has an underlying message that I enjoyed. You all know I love books with a purpose. The seriousness of meeting people online and of rushed relationships have been at the focal point of many of the books I’ve been reading lately. All Good Stories is definitely a good story and it is also well written.
I enjoyed the pacing of the read and that it did not slow down toward the end. It’s a short read but it didn’t need to drag on beyond what the author gave us. It’s like a literary treat if ever you’re waiting at the doctor’s office or airport and could use a good chuckle or two.
Plot Movement / Strength: 5/5
Entertainment Factor: 5/5
Authenticity / Believable: 4/5
Thought Provoking: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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