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Boo (Boo #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  866 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews

Talk about Working out Your Faith with Fear and Trembling.

The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone or, Boo, as the locals fondly call him.

For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark si

Hardcover, Large Print, 533 pages
Published June 21st 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published September 16th 2003)
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Aug 07, 2009 Jessika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, library
This is such a cute book. I can totally picture this as a Hallmark movie. Now, that being said, if you're not into the heartwarming kind of story, then this probably isn't for you. This is a Christian fiction, so I can imagine that would turn some people away, as well. However, I admit, I was hesitant about this book at first, but for being a Christian fiction, it wasn't too overbearing.

Skary, Indiana sounds like such a charming little town--I'd live there! The characters really pulled the stor
**Read for S524: Adult Readers' Advisory** Oh man...I am so not cut out for Christian fiction. I thought it would just be casual mentions of church life, and moral living, but I didn't understand the references to a lot of this kind of Christianity. But whatever, I belong to a religion that has a lot of terms that other people don't understand, so I can get past that. I think Mormon fiction is freaky too, so I'm all about equality of religious culture weirdness. But I guess it bothered me that B ...more
Joe Faust
Jun 24, 2011 Joe Faust rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christian
Gutteridge’s novel walks the tightrope between romantic comedy and farce. Most of the time it falls. It might not have done that if the eccentricity knob for some of the supporting cast members had been turned down a bit. And I know that the leads were Christians, but there’s a difference between forgiving wrongs and letting them go unpunished.
Mar 23, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for an entertaining read that provides you with plenty of offbeat humour, quirky characters, a devious conspiracy, an unlikely villain, heart-warming romance, enduring faith, and leaves you with a satisfied smile of a book well worth the read... look no further than Rene Gutteridge's BOO.

When bestselling horror-novelist Wolfe "Boo" Boone suddenly becomes a Christian and leaves his days of writing horror novels behind, his home town of Skary, Indiana, suddenly panics, as their i
Jul 14, 2012 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Instead of just reviewing this light-hearted, cutesy, fun read, I'm going to take on one of the criticisms of this book: Some folks were bothered by the fact that Ainsley wasn't very friendly to Wolfe (aka "Boo") at the start of the book. Um...if there was one person who had always been the "thorn in your flesh," to use the language of 2 Corinthians 12:7, and continually made your life needlessly more difficult, how would you feel about him or her? Would you want as little to do with him or her ...more
Laurel Harper
Nov 12, 2015 Laurel Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story as a "Thanksgiving" novel. I thought the ending was a little weak, but there are sequels.
Tzigane Monda
Boo is an easy and quick read. I would recommend it to others.

Some of the characters are a little out there but at the same time I am sure we can all think of people who share some of those same characteristics, especially if you have ever lived in a smaller town. I would hope that two points would be realized from the supporting characters- 1. not every person who calls themselves a christian truly has a relationship with Christ and therefore is not actually a Christian and 2. that those who tr
Jul 21, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book!
I didn't realize this book was Christian Fiction until I was almost halfway through the book. Usually I am turned off by CF, however this was such a cute read! And they don't force God down the readers throat as much as I had thought they would have.
The characters are adorable, though I think Gutteridge forgot during scenes between Ainsley and her father that Ainsley was an older woman versus a twelve year old girl.
Oct 22, 2015 BrandyLee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This audiobook taught me to read the synopsis on the back all the way through. Judging a book by its cover is folly. On that note, I overall enjoyed this novel that I never would have chosen normally.

The part of the synopsis I glazed over was "god" and that turns out to be a key word in describing this work. Gutteridge, it seems, is a christian humor writer. Surprise! I thought the book was about something Halloween-y.

The book IS about how a famous horror writer turns to religion and shuns futur
Katie W
My book club read this and there weren't many copies in the library. I grabbed an audio version and really enjoyed it! Michael Taylor does a great job with the voices and story.

Ainsley is pretty disgusted with Wolfe. He's turned her beloved town into a horror attraction without even trying. When he accepts God and starts to pursue her, she realizes that there might be more than meets the eye with him. Ainsley is a very sweet and obedient girl. She's a favorite of many and tries to make those aro
Aug 08, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I think I loved this book because I love autumn. It's a perfect book if you're snuggled up in October or November and need a romantic-PG-comfort story.
Aug 16, 2009 Ynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was.... AWESOME! Love Rene's writing style... I have already started reading the second book... "Boo Who"... Hope it's as good as the first...
Sep 03, 2015 Shaxar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Pretty cute! It's rare that I actually like a romance novel, but this was kinda adorable. The only annoying thing was how EVERY CHARACTER kept banging on about how it's impossible to be both a Christian and a horror novelist. O RLY GUYS? I'm sure Dean Koontz among many others would beg to differ. Anyone know if this was an author tract on the matter vs just shoddy characterization?

Anyways. To end on a positive note, the best part was how Boo refused to get involved in the rumor-mongering. The e
Oct 10, 2011 Josie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, boy. I honestly don't even know where to begin with this one. It's pretty horrid. I had such high hopes for this book. All I wanted was a light, enjoyable read to balance out "Catch-22". This book CLEARLY proves that all the clever synopses and cool covers in the world won't distract from really bad writing.

Things I Liked:
Nothing. I continued reading purely out of curiosity, not that it was even the kind of book that you would expect a twist ending from. And true to form, there were no surpr
Sheila DeChantal
Wolfe Boone, known as "Boo", is why Skary Indiana is even on the map. A horror novelist who keeps pumping out the best sellers and drawing in the tourists. The town, adores him and does everything they can to draw in the additional revenue of the tourists by playing up to the "scary" theme.... the local restaurant is called the Haunted Mansion Restaurant, famous for it's bloody fingers (fires splattered with ketchup) and bookstore is Spooky's Books (where employees dress like the walking dead).

Jan 10, 2012 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Hmmm... What can I say about this book besides that I'm utterly grateful I listened to it on audio book, so as not to waste my ever waning eyesight on something so horrible? I know, that probably sounds just a little overdramatic, but everything about this book was bad... everything except the guy who read the book (he did separate voices for the characters and everything!). Where to start? This is a book about a town called Skary, Indiana, which is famous because a world-renowned horror novelis ...more
May 22, 2012 Lizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible, horrible writing although the premise of the book is relatively cute. I had to finish it just for closure but will forever remember it as a guide as to "what not to do" if I ever get around to writing. The thing that bothered me the most is the author kept using unconscious when it was supposed to be subconscious. The characterization is trite and shallow and rang as un-authentic throughout the book. The main character is annoying and there are too many cliches in characterization and ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]In the town of Skary Indiana, a man awakens to a sudden realization. Horror writer Wolfe Boone (nicknamed "Boo" by the town) walks into a church and asks how he can be saved. His sudden conversion rocks the small town, which has built up a tourist industry around his best selling novels. The mayor, an older woman who you might call your typical busybody, is particularly horrified and soon launches a plot to ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christy by: heard of author through Word Lily
In a nutshell:

Wolfe Boone, a reclusive writer of horror novels converts to Christianity and hints that he may be giving up writing in the horror genre. This rumor causes immense consternation within his hometown, Skary, Ill. which has made a thriving tourist industry out of his residence. Ainsley Parker, waitress at The Haunted Mansion, has hated Boone from a distance for the ghoulish transformation his novels have wrought on her town. Little does she realize, however, that she is the object of
Feb 09, 2013 Leya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I picked up this book on a whim. The cover which is nice and bright , all that white(as you can see) really did it for me. And the title wasn't too shabby either, I have a weakness for Boo's. Hehe.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised on how much enjoyed this story. I admit that it took me a while to get into the story, but once I got to know the characters I found it easier to follow and was laughing out loud in no time.

Ainsley and Wolfe are great together, slowly getting to know each other and h
Rebekah K
Jul 14, 2015 Rebekah K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute love story about a horror writer who lives alone and as a recluse in a small (very quirky) town called Scary. He falls in love with a waitress at a restaurant, and becomes a Christian because of simply observing her character. The story is a comedy following his struggles with trying to get out of the horror business, while also trying to win the girl's heart. The girl, on the other hand, despises him for changing the town into a tourist attraction, and just wants it to be normal ...more
Cathy Daniel
So about this book. I liked Wolfe and I liked Ainsley a lot! However, I didn't care for the towns people and hated Missy Peeple. It's hard not liking the majority of the characters! Just evil and not nice people :( I'll read book 2 and hope for improvement. I also was disappointed this book didn't make me laugh . After reading My Life As A Doormat I guess I hoped for more humor.
Can I do a half like vote? The small town in Indian survives with having a horror story novelist living there. He definitely hasn't been welcomed but the town feeds off his fame. When he decides to quit writing horror stories and court the town's favorite girl next door all kinds of plots develop to return to the thrill business.
Cara Kinney
May 08, 2015 Cara Kinney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Wolfe & Ainsley's characters okay, but Missy Peeble and Garth were confusing antagonists--was I supposed to be amused by them or fear their deep, dark evil? The pace of the book was mostly very slow. If heavily edited it'd be a cute novella. I appreciated the theme, but we were knocked over the head with it too much.
Oct 13, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for a book club read. Even though the plot was simple and predictable, it had me laughing through out the book. Her character are unique and fun. Such a clever story! Gutteridge addresses the reality of our Christian walk on a daily basis...and yet the story is from a unique perspective. Can't wait to read the rest of the Boo series.
Jan 09, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars. A light-read story that would be fun to watch on screen. Don't judge it off the first chapter which was kind of hard to follow before getting to know the quirky characters. Would be fun to read in October. :)
Nov 10, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was definitely a touch cheesy, but I just loved it! I don't reread books all that often (not when there's so many new books to be read!) but I started this one again recently. Good "seasonal" read--wait till fall! :)
Jun 14, 2009 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The town of Skary has built a booming tourist trade around the occupation of its most famous resident, a reclusive, best-selling horror novelist. Everything has been built around a horror theme, like the local diner, the Haunted Mansion, with a menu full of entrees like Bloody Fingers (fries with kechup). But the town's economy is threatened when the writer gives his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and decides he can no longer write horror novels. Something must be done to convince him to keep wri ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Let me start by saying i'm really not a religious person in the least , i can't even tell you why I picked up this book but i'm glad I did it was very good. It definitely shows the importance of religion in peoples lives and society without being preachy, overly dramatic, or offensive. This is something not many religious stories know how to do.

The plot line kept me interested there were so many twists and turns and drama but it avoided being vapid or obvious. Each character was fully realized a
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Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than eighteen novels, including the beloved Boo Series and Heart of the Country, her novelization release with director John Ward and Tyndale House Publishers. Her recent suspense titles include Listen, Possession and the award-winning Seven Hours project Escapement. She's been published by Bethany House, Tyndale House, WaterBroo ...more
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