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Saturday, July 10, 2010
53, The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
Becky is eight months pregnant and in Hollywood to sell her screenplay. While talking with the agent, in walks Felix, her screen idol, who is famous for hisromantic comedies. They clash in an amusing way and end up having dinner together. Because he can't understand his strange attraction to a not-so-beautiful and hugely pregnant woman, Felix follows up by bringing his wife to Utah to delve into his feelings more. Becky is happily married to Mike, but the connection with Felix is so strong, that they become best friends. And for the most part, the spouses are supportive, while friends and family question the advisability of the whole relationship. I found the whole premise to be completely unbelievable but I love the way Hale writes and this book is no exception. She almost makes it plausible, but not quite. If the book wasn't written so well, the characters so interesting and the dialog so funny; I probably would have quit the book mid-stream because the actual plot was so odd. But I did finish it. There is a heart-breaking scene which made me cry and another scene near the end of the book that made me uncomfortable. I did like how the book ended as it was totally in sinc with everything else that takes place throughout, but overall, it was my least favorite Hale book. Still I'm giving it a good rating, because of the great Hale touch and her humor.