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When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison
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bookshelves: first-reads, robert-s-reads
Read from May 16 to 19, 2012 — I own a copy

What I hope to find (and what will get me to spend my money quicker and invest hours upon hours of my own time) when I pick up a book is one that doesn’t sound like 95 out of 100 books that I pick up and read the first few pages of, a voice that grabs my nose and yanks harder than a semi-truck in the middle of I-95.

WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD BUTTER is such a book, and it managed this feat admirably from the very first sentence of the very first page. “When I was twelve, a fortune-teller at the Herbert Hoover Junior High School carnival said to me: ‘Gemma Craig, you listen to me. Do not get married. Ever. If you do, you’ll end up cooking for a man who’d rather eat at McDonald’s; doing laundry for a man who sweats like a rabid pig, then criticizes you for not turning his T-shirts right side out; and cleaning the bathroom floor after a man whose aim is so bad, he can’t hit a hole the size of a watermelon--’ ” I could go on, but you get the general idea. This is a book that I’m invested in; where I want to know what happens; and that I can’t wait to get to the ending, because like Beth Harbison, the author, I’m going all in. And then it becomes a mad rush to get to the finish line.

For me, this was such a book. The characters and the story line certainly kept my attention, but it was the voice, that voice kept me turning pages as fast as frying butter in a saucepan, and when I reached the end, I felt completely satiated. While this was the first Beth Harbison book I read, I’ll certainly keep my eye out for another one with a voice as fulfilling and unique as this one.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Cross-posted at Robert's Reads
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message 1: by M. (new) - added it

M. Myers Great analysis of why some books grab us, Robert. Your quote definitely made me want to read this!


Robert Thank you, M. Glad I could be of help. If you like chick lit, then you'd probably enjoy this one.


message 3: by M. (new) - added it

M. Myers Interesting. Not a fan of chick lit, but this sounds fun.


message 4: by Robert (last edited May 23, 2012 11:56AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Robert Indeed, it was. It follows most of the formulas for the genre, but the character gives it a slightly different angle. I like it when an author gives a new twist to the tried and true.


Melani Got the book free? lucckkky!


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