Love or Something Like It: A Novel
When Lacey Brennan meets Toby, a sweet and talented comedian, she impulsively moves across the country to be with him in Los Angeles. Lacey is unsure of what she is looking for...more
This is Deirdre's first novel, which she was completing just as we met. When I read the novel for the first time I didn't know Deirdre too well, and was a little nervous to read it... what if I didn't like it and had to find some way to be polite and say nice t...more
If you have ever loved some...more
Truthfully and embarrassingly, I put off reading this because I found the author's photo to be pretentious and self-aware, and I fe...more
Lacey ages and gets married to Toby. Their marriage doesnt even last one year. She feels she is once again is at fault. She h...more
Love or something like it is a good weekend read. I think what I'm left with is the feeling that the book is believable. The characters, the relationships, the situations, and the process. And to borrow a quote from the book, it's about coming forward, straight and true.
What will she do? How can she rebound after she breaks up with her husband and has no job that she likes?
Will she ever be truly happy?
- People Magazine, 5/4/09, (3 1/2 out of 4 stars)
"A thoughtful, well-written story about a young woman prevailing over a difficult past...wryly funny, refreshingly honest...Shaw writes convincingly, with insight and wisdom."
- The Boston Globe, 4/12/09
"Piercingly insightful... Shaw's graceful prose and razor-sharp observation...more
I had a hard time connecting with the main characters. By the end of the book I liked them better. LA doesn't seem like a very attractive place to me, the entertainment part, that is. I did like the search for self interesting and the connections to her family.
Shaw gives us an insightful look at a 30 something newlywed trying to redefine her life as both her personal and professional life take an unfairytale like turn. What you get is vivid detailing and a no so rosey view of young Hollywood which unfurls into a smart storyline which one cannot stop reading!
This real story of LA is a promising debut from Shaw. If...more