32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
Ernessa T. Carter brings us the story of small town Mississippi native, Davie Jones, the oft overlooked ugly duckling with a mean mama, an infatuation with the cutest guy in high school, and classmates who insist on calling her Monkey Night. She finds solace in the movie 16 Candles, and goes by the mantra, “What would Molly Ringwald do?” After an embarrassingly horrendous incident, Davie escapes to Los Angeles, and reinvents herself into a sought after singer in a well known night club. Everything is fine until the cutest guy from high school shows up a decade later and turns her world upside down.
As I’ve stated a gazillion times, I love romantic comedies and chick lit, so this story was right up my alley. Davie’s antics had me yelling at the pages, threatening to throw the book out of my window, and smiling really hard at the cheesy stuff. What can I say? I’m a romantic who always wants a happy ending.
There were a few parts that I can say kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but I can’t delve into specifics without spoiling the story. I’ll just say that I would have preferred that the author had explained events as they were happening, instead of all of a sudden clumping a million things into a particular section.
Other than that, the book was enjoyable and a perfect read for our BookTini’s Chick Lit month selection in May.