Just Pru - Anne Pfeffer (Giveaway!)

5 Stars!

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends …  or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures a girl who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

I grew up in the desert around Phoenix, Arizona, where I had a bay quarter horse named Dolly. If I wasn't riding, I was holed up somewhere reading Laura Ingalls Wilder or the Oz books or, later on, Jane Eyre and The Grapes of Wrath. Horses eventually faded as an interest, but I ended up with a lifelong love of books and reading.

After college and eight years of living in cold places like Chicago and New York, I escaped back to the land of sunshine. I now live in California, one mile from the Pacific Ocean, with my dachshund Taco. I have worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, doing adoptions and guardianships for abandoned children.

As a writer, I'd always been interested in children's books, since they had meant so much to me as a kid. I've found I especially like writing books about teens and twenty-somethings, an age where you make so many decisions about who you are and how you want to spend your life.

Well this book was fantastic! I LOVED it. I know this kind of book is not for everybody, it is very quirky, kind of depressing at times and funny other times, but overall very heartwarming and endearing. Just my kind of book!

At first I wasn't sure - I thought "Pru is just pathetic." But she gets under your skin, and better yet, she gets into your heart. A VERY unlikely heroine. Pru, someone who is afraid of her own shadow, the thought of driving anywhere makes her throw-up ends up literally saving the day. How exciting to see her grow through this wonderful story. She went from Pathetic to Wonderful in 189 pages.
I loved Pru! I would love to read a follow up book - hint hint (maybe a sequel???)
This story had amazing character development that will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride along with the characters.
"The obvious answer was to move back with my parents. The thought made me want to stab myself with a dull, rusty object."

"I would never be of much use to anyone. I was too sick. Correction. I was too lame. I was worthless, the scum of the earth. I was a wart, a pustule on the posterior of humanity."

"I had eight hours to pull off a drive that would take a normal person forty-five minutes. If I factored in two hours for getting lost, two for counting aloud and throwing up, and one for entertaining doubts about my self-worth, I still had three hours to cover unforeseen emergencies."
 Now I have got to read more by this author! 

Thank you "Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours" for sending me a copy of this delightful book for my honest review!

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  1. This looks awesome! I'd love to read it!

  2. I would love to know more about Pru....I am intrigued!

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  3. Hi, looks like a fab book! How about adding your review to the Books You Loved collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers

  4. I'd like to know how she conquers her fears to do what she is doing. Thanks for this opportunity.

  5. I find it fascinating how she was able to find a fictional character she could emulate to get her through. I'd love to find out what she is going to do when her past comes calling.


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