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Textual Healing

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Few people have to deal with a haiku-speaking flower-shop-owning ninja every day on their way to work. Unfortunately for Andrew Connor, he is one of those people.

And poor Andrew, his week has been a rough one. His former bestseller, Chasing Fireflies, is on clearance at Barnes & Noble for $1.37, his girlfriend left him for a corporate America action figure, and he's be

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Published January 11th 2011 by Authorhouse (first published November 19th 2010)
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Anthony Chavez
A great word for this book is "quirky," and I'm a huge sucker for quirky books, I know, I know some people raise their eyebrows or frown at quirky (some of you may be even doing that now) but look at other reviews of this book... it's quirky, 'nuff said. As a whole the book could be called a great romantic comedy, but it is loaded with pop culture references sort of like "Scott Pilgrim" or "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares," and I got a good laugh from those. But really, what's not to love about a ...more
Eric Smith
Sep 23, 2013 Eric Smith added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrote
Best book ever written by myself.
I received a free copy from the author, Eric Smith. Review copies of books are great - except there's always that fear that you're going to get a book and not like it, and then what do you say?

I picked this book up last night, meaning to just read the first page or so to see how I liked it and read the entire book straight through. I really like this book! Andrew Connor, the main character, is a writer who no longer writes. His former bestselling book is on sale at Barnes and Noble for $1.37. Hi
When reading this book I kept imagining it as a TV sitcom. I thought the character of Brave Orchid was quite unique, I would have liked more of her.

This review can also be found at my blog Books and Circuses.

I suppose I think of this book as a romantic comedy. When I was reading I kept imagining that this easily could translate into a sitcom for TV. The set-up just seems so right for TV. The story and characters all seem to be the perfect for a weekday night's viewing. Whenever one of the side c
Mar 17, 2011 Gmr rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult and adult readers
Recommended to Gmr by: Eric Smith
Okay, so I have a feeling that this review, no matter how long I ponder over what to say, is going to come off a bit fan-girlish. Why? Well, to put it simply, it was really good and that tends to put me in a situation where I don't know exactly what to say because you want to say everything...know what I mean?

Let’s address the title first because to be honest that combined with the cover image have generated many a false impression about the book. The title is just that…a pun…and despite whateve
"The kind that stays with you, a clever line in a movie, a well-written anecdote in a book, a quip in a poem, and finally, finally I had a punch-line, a point, a meaning to the rambling." - Thoughts on Textual Healing by Eric Smith

I tend to shy away from funny-romantic stories when it comes to books, mainly because the cookie-cutter formulas are getting rusty overtime: boy (or girl) with a crisis meets and falls in love with a girl (or boy) who becomes an inspiration for self-improvement, evil e
Feb 11, 2011 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Soumya, who has his own apartment-destroying sugar glider incident
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy from the author.

As I had said in a previous status update, this is a really good book in search of a copy editor. I very much liked the book - it was quirky, fun, kept me engaged, not predictable at all, and Eric Smith had a great voice in his writing. So it was a bit disheartening to be periodically thrown out of the story by a missing comma, or a "through" instead of "threw." However, minor quibble. I acknowledge that I am overly anal when it comes to
Anne Nikoline
One word: FOMBT! (Forever on my bedside table

For some reason I did have high expectations for Textual Healing by Eric Smith and for some reason I didn’t get disappointed at all. The plot might be easy to see through; nevertheless the author takes the unoriginal plot and turns it into a beautiful flower, blooming between your hands while you keep on turning the pages.

The gallery of characters is great; you get under the skin of the main character; feel with him, understand him. The other charact
Steve Rauscher
Definitely not my usual read, this quirky little romantic comedy is a little rough around the edges in a technical sense, but considering its status as an independently published debut novel, the offenses are forgivable. Mr. Smith writes truly believable characters that we all know well and places them in a familiar world full of young love and loss, summing it all up in a comical whirlwind week with a grandiose emotional scope that surpasses even the distance between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh ...more
Glen Tickle
Textual Healing is delightful. I especially liked the character based on me. He is the greatest. More characters should be based on me. I also like the stuff that happened to me that I told Eric about that he put in the book. Those things are great. All the stuff in it that Eric didn't take directly from me is also pretty good.
Chris Illuminati
Great read from a first time author. The time will come and this guy will be a major writer.
Do you want to laugh? Have a blast? Meet some great people? Take a stroll through a wacky, wild, and sometimes heartwarming adventure? Then may I suggest you take a look at Textual Healing?

Textual Healing had me from page one. Here we find the protaganist Andrew, who we'll come to know as "Ace", a former bestselling author with a movie deal to show for it being dumped by his long-term girlfriend who is fed up with his lack of motivation to write anything else. If this wasn't bad enough, Ace is a
Katherine Marple
Textual Healing is referencing the book group Ace is a member of (guilted into joining)- not the song "Sexual Healing". As far as fixing anything with this book, I'd recommend a new cover image as the photo of the girl made me believe this book was about texting during some high school drama. This book was WAY better than I thought it was going to be based on the cover art. Try it on for size.

Andrew "Ace" Connor is appealing in so many different ways. He is not too attractive, not too smart, no
Mar 06, 2011 Hira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic comedy lovers, Rom-Com lovers, romance lovers
One sentence sums up this book – “Textual Healing” by Eric Smith is a delightful novel. Ace, or Andrew Connor, the main protagonist, is everyone’s favorite guy. He makes you laugh, endears you to him and you want to cheer him on, as the book progresses, to get past his writers block. Ace’s character can easily be described as dorky, or quirky – but for me, his character was endearing and insanely charming, especially his sense of humor. Even at his lowest, Ace’s self-deprecating mannerisms are s ...more
Rachel French
I was lucky enough to receive this book from a GoodReads giveaway. I started and finished this book today in one sitting. What I loved about this book was the language of the characters. I feel like a lot of book's characters are more philisophical, well-read, intelligent or use bigger words when they speak than that of real people. Sure, those books are good too! But to read something that spoken in a way that I speak is refreshing. My two favorite lines from the book included "I renamed him Do ...more
Eric Smith’s Textual Healing is a fun, sweet and unexpectedly poignant book about books -- and the power, excitement and joy they bring us. Andrew “Ace” Connor is our narrator, a witty and self-deprecating guy you can’t help but like. Over the course of one week, Ace’s life changes completely as Daniela leaves and Hannah enters — but it didn’t feel like the cheesy rebound mess that might suggest.

In fact, on the surface, Smith’s novel sounds like a familiar-yet-quirky rendition of many popular ro
Nancy O'Toole
Andrew Connor's life has been better. Once a celebrated writer, he now finds his one book located on the discount shelves at his local Barns and Noble. He spends his time running a struggling used bookstore located across the street from a flower-shop-owning ninja. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, it seems like the last straw. Then he meets Hannah, a friendly woman from the Midwest who changes his life in just a week.

Apparently, I was very lucky the last half of December, because I won no
Textual Healing was hilarious! I loved the little side comments that the main character Andrew Connor, or Ace, made, they honestly made me burst out laughing so many times...which was kind of awkward when I was in the waiting room of the dentist's office, but I was okay with that. haha

I think Textual Healing is the perfect book for anyone who is in need of a good laugh, or for someone who has been annoyed by the cliches of many books and romantic comedy the characters state many time

Sometimes just reading a book isn’t enough. Sometimes I need a book that is about books. So it was with excitement that I sat down to read about author turned bookstore owner Andrew/Ace. From the very first page I had what I can only call a bibliogasm (a literary orgasm). This is because Eric Smith’s Textual Healing opens with a discussion about the smell of books. There is nothing like the smell of a well loved book, an antique book, a
This is a terrible book, full of mistakes of continuity and grammar. The characters are not interesting nor well-developed. Juvenile plot.
Bert Edens
Won this in a First Reads giveaway.

I really like quirky books, and this definitely fits the bill. The best part was the haiku speaking (and texting) ninja, Brave Orchid, who ran a florist shop across the street from Andrew's book shop. And the costume party was a blast too :)

You really feel for the character because he tries and screws up, and it's easy to feel his pain. At the same time, you want to slap him silly for the things he does.

Definitely a good, fun read. Highly recommended!

What made the biggest impression on me was the staggering amount of grammatical and spelling errors - among them "Hemmingway"! Really? There were some consistency issues as well. When grammar and spelling distracts SO MUCH from the story, it's a problem.

As to his writing style, it's OK, but he tries too hard to be funny/quirky/current. The character development was good-ish and the story itself was fine.

It had potential but I was severely underwhelmed.
I really enjoyed this book. Laugh out loud funny at times. What I liked most about the book was the interesting cast of characters. I wouldn't mind having dinner/hanging out with any of these characters, but I really liked Ace, the protagonist. I connected with him and his journey to the next step in his life. Really happy I won this book on a giveaway otherwise I would have missed out.
Thanks to this book I learned about sugar gliders.

And I laughed out loud on several occasions.

Good job, Eric Smith!
Feb 04, 2011 Cheryl marked it as interesting-possibilities  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: First Read
Gotta love those quirky books..haiku-speaking flower-shop-owning ninja? Well reviewed, goodreads author, and funny!
Feb 11, 2014 AMS rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one who loves romantic comedies
Shelves: favorites, humor, romance
This book was amazing!! Okay, I'll level with you, besides Shakespeare, I've never read a romantic comedy. I've seen tons of them and watch countless sitcoms but this, as far as I recall, was my first romcom novel and I loved it! I was literally laughing out loud at parts as I pictured it playing out in my head. And then I immediately wished this book would be turned into a movie. Seriously, it's cleverly hilarious. Some parts may seem cliche to some but honestly we all need that light hearted g ...more
Alicia Kachmar
Pssst I know the guy who wrote this!
Krista the Bald Avenger
Oct 24, 2011 Krista the Bald Avenger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, hopeless romantics, lovers of romantic comedies
Recommended to Krista the Bald Avenger by: author Eric Smith
How do you describe a book about a once-famous author who owns a failing used bookshop, with characters such as a haiku-speaking ninja, a maniacal sugarglider, and a group of authors who can no longer write?

In one word: hysterical.

Eric Smith's first work of fiction, Textual Healing, features just that and more. Dumped by his girlfriend, author Andrew Connor never expects life will change. His one rousing success, which was made into a feature film, bring him nothing but painful reminders that he
'Textual Healing' is a romantic comedy set in New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey. It's a really enjoyable, quick read. I found myself continuosly laughing throughout at the main character, Andrew (or Ace), who is completely full of quirky jokes and one-liners. I found it was easy to relate to most, if not all, of the characters. I liked all of them, literally. Which isn't a usual thing for me. I tend to find myself annoyed with at least one character but that wasn't the case with 'Textual Hea ...more
First, there is Andrew Conner, or as he prefers, Ace. He was once a best-selling author, but now he suffers from a drought of inspiration. He’s neither the hyper-masculine brute nor the silent, brooding type that seems to plague too many novels (of the romantic sort). He’s dorky and quirky and witty and well-read, and even at his lowest, Ace still elicits some smiles—even a few chuckles. Then there is Hannah, a spunky gal from Montana who makes me wonder why can’t more heroines be like her? She ...more
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Eric Smith is the author of THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING, out now via Quirk Books, and INKED, a YA novel out with Bloomsbury Spark.

His writing has appeared locally in the Philly Weekly, The Inquirer, and on He's written for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Boing Boing, and is a regular contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem.

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