Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: It's Not My Favorite by Rue

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Publication Date: April 21, 2014 (Paperback); May 30, 2014 (Electronic Book)
Published by: Sittin' On A Goldmine Productions LLC
Pages: 313
Source: Review Copy given by the author. 


The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher's wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, "Well, it's not my favorite." Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success. Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl... a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as "The Organizer," while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel. Rachel is outgoing, risque and happily gay. The only people who don't know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother's constant attempts to set her up with "nice Christian boys"; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend! Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She's forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she's been seeking or a grand delusion. Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence. So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota! (source: goodreads)

My Thoughts

(I was provided a copy by the author, but all the view mentioned here are solely mine and unbiased)

The story revolves around Hutchinson sisters- Gwenn and Rachel. They both hate their parents- the meek Pastor Ed and the dominating Shirley. While Rachel has made peace with the fact that her parents are going to remain the way they are, Gwenn is hopping and daydreaming for a new family. 
The Hutchinson family has forever been on move, never settling at a place for more than a few years because of Pastor Ed's and Shirley's search for God. These regular unplanned moves caused the sisters childhood miserable as they never had friends and suffered in loneliness or got mixed up in wrong crowd. Growing up Gwenn had some nice relationships but her parent's disapproval (Shirley's Judgey-ness) never let her have a nice ending. And Rachel has been in out of closet for past 10 years but the twist here is that her parent's don't know this and this causes some funny situations when they ask her to date "nice christian boys". 
Gwenn's search for a new family, a house where she does not have to feel like a stranger and a misfit anymore takes her on a journey which is both beautiful and torturous. She and her sister Rachel together work hard to get their own Happy Endings (or Happy Beginnings) about which they had been dreaming their whole life.

Oooh!!! The beginning chapter was soo hot. Alas! it was just a dream. But don't worry this book has a nice blend of several emotions. 
It was a delightful read with a great mix of diverse characters

I really liked the sisters and their bonding is awesome. Both are like two ends of same coin who are incomplete without each other. Gwenn is the responsible one, always making everybody happy, never wanting to hurt others and organizing other people's life even though her own life is a mess; and Rachel is a happy go lucky girl who never misses to have fun, knows how to party and flow with the flow.
Being the eldest child of the house I was able to relate to Gwenn's feelings of not hurting the family and her protective attitude towards her baby sister. 
Rachel might superficially seem like a immature girl but I felt like she really is the mature one, she handled her own problems very nicely.
I really hated their parents especially Shirley. At some instances I really felt like strangling her or giving her a nice talk on how not to judge her children and for Pastor Ed, I just wanted to give him a nice slap that would wake him up from his don't-go-againt-wife-as-she-is-his-superhero sleep and ask him to understand his daughters.
Ah!!! Finally the hero or as I like to say passionate lover boy (more like man) Daniel Gregory. I really loved him. He has his own baggage from his past but the way he carries himself makes the ladies swarm into his direction. I really liked getting to know about his struggles he faced while getting control over his own Demons. He loved like really loved Gwenn - though it was only after a short meeting and a funny encounter with the drunk Gwenn, he really liked her. And the way he followed Gwenn across the globe to take her out from her misery was amazing.

I can seriously go on and on about the characters, they really were awesome. The perfectionist and the best-est friend Todd, the hardworking Flora and the man-whore Henry whom-i'd-like-to-punch.

Towards the end I felt like story was kinda loosely tied. I really hoped to see getting-to-know-each-other-scenes between Gwenn and Daniel. How was the relationship between the sisters with their parents after the BIG revelation. There was also some really big descriptions which slowed the pace and sometimes were not necessary, but it can be overlooked as I think they might be pointing towards the storyline of future books in the series (this is the only reason my mind would come up with when I saw that this is a series).

Overall it is nice read and I really had amazing experience following Gwenn on her self-discovery or the introspection journey while soaking in the beautiful sights of New Zealand. Rue wrote it so beautifully that I really wished I was there with Gwenn.
I did a little happy dance when I saw that this is a series and I might get more of these amazing characters(ahem! ahem! Todd and Flora's please) and might get few of my confusions cleared. 

3.5 out of 5

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