Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kismetology by Jaimie Admans

2.5 Star

Finding the perfect man isn't easy. Especially when it's for your mother...

Mothers. Can't live with them, can't live without them, can't live three doors down the road without them interfering in every aspect of your life.

Mackenzie Atkinson's mother has meddled in her love life once too often and something has to be done. Mackenzie decides to turn the tables and find love for her lonely mother.  Her lonely and very fussy mother. Surely finding an older gentleman looking for love won't be that hard, right?

If you've ever thought that boys grow up, here's the problem: They don't. Ever. And Mackenzie is about to learn that the hard way.

Faced with a useless boyfriend, dressed up dogs, men who wear welly boots on dates, men who shouldn't be seen outside in daylight, and men who make reptiles seem like attractive company - will she ever find the perfect man for her neurotic mother?

Jen - 2.5 Star

Jaimie Admans had a great premise in mind when she created this story. I think it’s safe to say most women can relate to the trials and tribulations of our mother-daughter relationships. That’s one thing that caught my attention when I read about this book. We read so many love stories, but it’s good to hear about a book that talks about the other relationships we have as well.

I think Mackenzie is an endearing character because she spends a lot of her life trying to make everyone else around her happy. I wasn’t in love with her boyfriend Dan. I kept wanting more out of him, but then discovered the  genius of Jaimie’s writing: she was doing that on purpose. Turns out, I was feeling the same way towards Dan as Mackenzie. And as for Mackenzie’s mom, she’s the epitome of someone you can’t live with, can’t live without. Anyone who loves animals as much as Eleanor can’t be bad right? But Eleanor is as annoying as she is passionate about her fur baby, (rightfully named “Baby”) and you can understand why Mackenzie goes to such great lengths to get her out of her hair. She calls Dan fat, accuses him of planning her demise and walks in their house unannounced as if she owns the place.

Mackenzie’s plan to “screen” men to date her mother and find her true love turns out to be a full time job and she maneuvers her way through a string of worst case first dates. It’s during these dates that the book kind of lost my interest. They were all quite the same. Same location, lots of the same types of men and most of the time, same results (no dates for Eleanor). I don’t feel as if the idea was fully developed. I wish I could have seen Mackenzie do more than just meet the same types (perverted, bad sense of style, etc.) of men over and over at the same restaurant.

As a reader, I need more details. I know it may not seem like a big deal, but I felt like I didn’t get to know the characters well enough. What color is Mackenzie’s hair? Which 60s actress did her mother most resemble in her youth? What does Mackenzie and Dan’s kitchen look like and what does she do besides working and going on fake dates?

One great thing about this book is it’s underlying humor. Who doesn’t like one liners? I giggled when Mackenzie  thought one of the old timers she was “screening” for her mother was cute and she thought, “what’s the opposite of a cradle snatcher, a wheelchair snatcher?”

Like I said, the premise of the story is good, it just needed more detail and depth to keep my interest. The ending was very satisfying, and it reminded me of how a Kate Hudson romantic comedy movie would play out. It all came around full circle and left me satisfied knowing the characters all got versions of “happy ever after.”

Thank you to Jaimie Admans for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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