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PENNY REID AT HER BEST!
Reviewed in Australia on 22 January 2018
'Love Hacked', by Penny Reid, featured knitter and psychiatrist, Sandra (along with her gorgeous group of knitter friends). Is she my favourite character so far? I think so!
Sandra was confident, witty, clever, funny, quirky, observant, honest, loving, loyal and very real. Another strong trait - she was a fixer and that was significant to the story. Her serial dating of 'safe, respectable types' started and finished in the same odd way, every time, even though the guys were all candidates for her 'relationship plans'.
Alex was the anti-typical 'safe, respectable type' - sharp, striking, dark, controlled, mysterious, isolated, surprising and possibly dangerous. His history was unexpected, as well as sad. Their fascinating, but complex story was told mainly via a number of dates and while there were several reasons why they shouldn’t have clicked (including an age gap), they somehow did, perfectly. Zing! (Btw, a love scene was one of the most touching I've read. 😍)
What I loved most about this book was that Penny really let her natural (at times naughty) talent and wit fly free - making it a winner. Some gems were: BonerGate; Sookie von @$&^*#@%*& (a James Bond adversary); Starwars references, assorted fractured German phrases and her situational or custom made Tshirts (sorry, you'll need to read the book to know what I mean by all that 😂). The next thing I loved were her 'Reidisms', referencing: life, society, love, relationships, friendship, info talk (e.g. bitcom), etc. Penny made her acute observations weaving humour, emotions, fabulous dialogue and deep musings together.
The authentic plot had me, completely, at the 'attention grabbing' intro and I remained rivited throughout. Each chapter was introduced by a catchy horoscope prediction and then, continued on it's merry, unpredictable way.
Laughs, combined with a strong story, is so hard to pull off, but Penny nailed it in 'Love Hacked'.