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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: The Actor and the Housewife

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give away too much. You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

I am the first to admit that I've been stuck in a young adult dystopian fiction rut. A change was absolutely vital to my sanity. A good friend handed me a stack of books. In them was what she deemed "the worst book" she had ever read. So of course, I'm going to read it. All the way through. The book is by Shannon Hale, called "The Actor and the Housewife." A happily married stay-at-home LDS mom becomes friends with her Hollywood crush, a prominent actor. The pair have very little in common and certainly wouldn't seem like they would be friends. And yet, they can't seem to live without each other's friendship. I'm a little more than halfway through now and I can completely understand why my friend (and a few others that I've mentioned the book to) are so repulsed by the premise. I'm starting to feel like the author is maybe focusing too much on the fact that they are "JUST FRIENDS," nothing romantic (although it certainly seems that way at first). But I gotta say, I'm not hating it. The dialogue between them is hysterical and it's really interesting to have a complete outsider's view of the Mormon culture (because we really are peculiar) where they're not trying to tear the religion down. He even gets to taste that essential beverage of Mormons: Sprite with lime sherbet! 

Here's the teaser: 
 "No chance she'd allow any man to see her naked besides the one who'd gotten her pregnant four times. You broke it, you bought it, baby."
- pg 117, "The Actor and the Housewife" by Shannon Hale

In the comments, tell me what book you are reading and how it's going so far!


Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Interesting! I may have to read the worst book ever...or not. Sprite with sherbert--yum!

Erin said...

I really, really liked that book. Mostly, I think, because I had a friendship like that, where even my husband wondered how I could have such a good friendship, and nothing more.

I just finished reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Numerous people had told me how much they loved it, and frankly, I was bored until a little over halfway through the book. I'm glad I trudged through, because I did like the ending.

Jessica said...

Not my favorite-their friendship was a little much for me.

Beth said...

Is this one of those things where the friendship becomes a romance, or stays just a friendship? Hrmm...Thanks!

Anonymous said...

that last line makes me laugh. hehe

mine: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/teaser-tuesday-grave-dance/

Maria said...

Nice teaser, sounds good!


Anonymous said...

Haha, what a good teaser! I think I'd feel the same way.

hairyshoefairy said...

I didn't love that one but I didn't mind it as much as so many other people seemed to. I prefer Shannon Hale's YA fiction more than her adult fiction in general, though. And yes, the dialog completely cracked me up!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting book, although it would seem odd for a book to not have "just friends" turn into love. But I don't think not having a predictable plot line makes it the worst book ever!

And thanks for stopping by Kinda Silly Books earlier today to share!

Queen of Chaos said...

Hmmmmm, I'm intrigued!

Pooch said...

Hilarious teaser. Must be a fun book!

Jen said...

I read all of Shannon Hale's princess books. They were fun little stories. I saw that one when I was looking at other books she wrote, but I passed on it.

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