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Austin and Emily

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The last thing that canned ham salesman Austin MacAdoo expected to find when he took a seat in a strip joint in Tampa, Florida was love. The last thing that 23-year-old stripper Emily Dooley predicted on an average night was to walk away from her job and run off with a 347 pound stranger who was drinking milk punch at the bar. And yet, that's exactly what happens. Armed ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing (first published June 1st 2009)
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Jan 19, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I originally had 4 stars for this, but because the book was so quirky and fun yet thought-provoking, I decided it needed 5 stars. Austin is a 347 pound canned ham salesman, with a very dry sense of humor, and Emily is a beautiful stripper with a temper but simple worldview. They meet and immediately fall in love. I had the privilege of following them on their journey to the altar--and what a wacky ride it was.

This is a quick read and one I didn't want to put down. :)
Nov 02, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Bizarre. Funny. The cover looked different than this and is what made me pick it up. I loved the crazy strange story. Fast, easy, entertaining story.
Dec 19, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The most memorable lines in this book are, sadly, not written by the author but rather, quoted from Erica Jong. Austin and Emily is the love story of an unlikely pair of starstruck lovers who fall in love at first sight and take an unnecessary journey with a jackass. So much of what happens seems gratuitous and nonsensical - why giant chickens? Why canned ham? It seems that so much of what is in the book is in there to be quirky. While it was entertaining enough, the thing I liked the most was ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Bizarre. Quick. Hilarious.
Austin and Emily is a book that some will smile as they put it down and some will hate for the waste of time; simply because of its simplicity! It's a light-hearted read based off of two very unlikely lovers and their not so likely companions. Personally, I liked the book because of its few laughs here and there, quirky characters, and their absurd situations. I wouldn't recommend this book to serious readers looking for a challenging piece, but I would recommend it for
Dec 30, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a different love story, as the cover suggests. Austin is a 347 pound canned ham salesman and Emily is a former stripper. Emily sees Austin in the strip club and falls instantly in love with him. She asks him if he would like to take her away from all of this, and he of course, says yes. This begins their cross-country trip to Los Angeles.

This is more of a road trip novel than a romance novel. The characters are interesting and parts had me chuckling. It was a quick read and I am intere
Suzie Quint
Oct 12, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it liked it
You never know what to expect from Frank Turner Hollon. He's written some strange books. This is one of them, but I rather liked it. Still...the best part of the book was learning that they're making a movie of blood and circumstances, my all time favorite of his books. Can't wait.
Apr 05, 2013 Katy rated it it was ok
At first I thought it was funny. Then it was the same raunchy jokes over and over. Yeah the guy is fat. Yeah the other guy has a butt whistle. It got old half way through. The second book I ever didn't finish.
Douglas Anderson
Jul 08, 2012 Douglas Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who like the quirky, humorous fiction of Carl Hiaasen, you'll love reading Austin & Emily, the absurd story of an unlikely couple. A young, beautiful, and innocent stripper falls in love and runs away with a fat, socially awkward, but nonetheless lovable man, and a hilarious story ensues.
Aug 10, 2012 Fleming rated it really liked it
Funny and bizarre the whole way through. Reminded me of A Confederacy of Dunces. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and easy read.
Jul 14, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For those who like quirky characters, bizarre situations, and heart. I can imagine this book as an successful indie film.
Apr 17, 2016 Kristy rated it liked it
This is more of a 3.5 for me. Liked the writing style and the characters were refreshingly original, but the story itself didn't really resonate with me. The end was really cute, though.
Nov 17, 2012 Julie rated it liked it

Enjoyed the dialog between the wacky characters especially Kenneth. Insightful, hilarious, and brilliant at points. Some parts were a bit too crude for my taste.
Oct 07, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky characters that we really do not get to know; expected zany plot.

Quick, fun read.

I'll most likely be reading more by this author.
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Frank Turner Hollon, a talented author, has works that vary from suspenseful novels, to short stories, to children’s books. Frank Hollon was born on July 24th, 1963 in Huntsville, Alabama. Although born in Alabama, Hollon soon became a Louisiana native when he moved to Slidell, Louisiana, or as he says “the ugliest town in America,” when he was 5 years old. Hollon attended Slidell High School and ...more
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