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Donny and Ursula Save the World

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Debut author, Sharon Weil, offers up a hilarious, sex-charged, romantic comedy adventure that’s “a fertile cross between Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut and Mr. Toad’s Wild ride.”

Can love make you brave? Hopelessly mismatched lovers, Donny and Ursula, are ignited by their mutual attraction to become unlikely heroes well beyond their imaginations or mere neurotic existences. If
Paperback, 298 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by Passing 4 Normal
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Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Fueled by orgasms and several types of neuroses, Donny and Ursula Save the World expects nothing from you, only that you unbutton your pants (you don't have to stop there, really) and sit back for the ride. It educates you on several subjects without being too heavy, and tells you that relentless and unbridled optimism is possible.

After who knows how many heady books, this apocalyptic romantic comedy was a breath of fresh air. The moment I understood what Ursula was all about, fairy dust swirle
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sharon Weil's “Donny and Ursula Save the World” is a little, uh, different. In some ways, it reminds me of the works from two of my favorite authors, Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey. There is a little light-hearted adventure. There is over-the-top satire. There is corporate greed and government blindness / corruption. There is romance, and (non-graphic) sex. Oh yeah, and moving into another sphere altogether, there are psychic mushrooms and one rather P.O.ed planet.

Basically, Donny is a guy who cann
Joel Bresler
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a rule, I try to avoid fiction that looks like it might have an agenda. These tend to be preachy, and based largely on internet wisdom, of the "I read it on the internet, so it must be true" variety.
In "Donny and Ursula Save the World", however, author Sharon Weil weaves a topical issue into a plot, literally and figuratively, as if she had invented it solely for that purpose. The novel is first and foremost fun and entertaining, and oh, by the way - there's a message here.
Weil has a light to
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ NetGalley

Donny and Ursula, an unlikely couple if there ever was one. And yet…somehow they make it work. Along with some friends they take on a big agribusiness in order to save the world.

Ok, this is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. That’s not monster porn. Ursula is really weird in a hippy kind of way and Donny is your average Joe schmoe. They have strange friends who end up helping them on their mission to save the world from AgriNu (poking Monsato in it’s great big ass)
Beverly Diehl
Quirky, funny, scary, ridiculous, heartwarming. There are not many books out there which include chapters written from Mother Nature's point of view (or M Nature, as she's calling herself now, to be taken more seriously).

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Greasy-palmed Donny meets Ursula at a party, and wants to bang her, but not get emotionally involved. Belly-dancer Ursula is propagating a huge colony of vile-smelling Kombucha mushrooms and has n
Bert Edens
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
From my book review blog at:

Through NetGalley, I received a copy of this eGalley from Passing 4 Normal Press, whom I thank for their generosity. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give a positive review.

Ursula. I’ve always loved the name Ursula. Ursula Andress (“Dr. No”, anyone?). Ursula K. Le Guin (outstanding author). OK, there was the evil sea witch in “The Little Mermaid”. But still, I like the name. Apparently, in t
Cheyenne Blue
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I should have loved this book.

Clever and very decent writing *tick*. Anti-government agenda *tick*. Green, organic, buy-local, save-seeds agenda *tick*. Quirky and interesting characters *tick*. Decent plot *tick*. Humor *tick*.

So why didn’t I?

I found this really hard to get through despite it, on the surface, being exactly my sort of read. The main reason I found it so difficult was that those quirky and interesting characters were quirky and interesting and bloody irritating characters. I sho
Julian Froment
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
I really enjoyed reading this as it was a fun, easy book to read. It was filled with humour, and had me laughing at the many random situations that arose.

The characters were interesting and there were many amusing interactions between characters that didn’t at first appear to share any similarities or particular character traits. Yet, they seemed to work together. The book seemed to be written in quite a tongue-in-cheek fashion, which I liked a lot.

The story had numerous sub plots, such as the u
Aug 30, 2013 added it
Shelves: to-review, dnf
I have decided to stop reading this book - for now at least. It's not a bad book, as can be seen from its 4.82/5 Star rating. It just wasn't a book for me.

The writing style was unique and I actually really liked it. I just never connected with the characters like I wanted to, there was no drive to finish, to know what happened. When I was 50% done and there was no glimpse of this amazing orgasm that has been the focus of the whole book, I just couldn't do it anymore.

Seriously, If you like Adult
Lucia Miracchi
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was the first one to buy this brilliantly crafted book on Amazon. Weil knows how to construct plot and character, while mixing in so many well-researched ideas and facts in the most playful, laugh-out-loud, entertaining style. This is a writer who thinks, is interested in the health of the earth, and shares it in a most imaginative way. Her creativity is astonishing and her ideas provocative. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to share in Weil’s love of all that breathes and shares this ...more
Deena Metzger
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Weil understands that the erotic can be the heart’s intelligence and speaking humor to power is a literary tradition, a most effective medicine for desperate times. This book will delight you and it is also a provocative remedy for passivity and despair. Who knows, but after reading this book, we will all be equally determined, and as indomitable. as Donny and Ursula, when it comes to (truly) saving the world.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
It was kind of fun, and touched on some important issues, but was just, I don't know, silly. Have you ever had a glass of chocolate milk where someone really skimped on the Hershey's syrup? Like that. ...more
Vicki Stolsen
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I loved this fantastic tale that so creatively combined orgasms, GMO's, and the future of the planet. I also think it would make a fantastic film: the images are vivid and potent, and that could be Ms Weil's screen writing cred percolating through the story. ...more
Isa Lavinia
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I really and truly liked the overall message in this book, but I just couldn't connect with the characters.
Quirky is not for me, I just find quirky characters annoying.

But I'll readily admit this is a good book, it just wasn't for me...
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. Fun, quirky and intentionally a little over the top, a fun read.
I would like to thank both NetGalley and Passing 4 Normal Press for granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that has in no way influenced this review. I rated this book at 2.5 stars, but rounded up to 3 for sheer ingenuity.

"The most importantly funny book about love, sex and GMO seeds you'll ever read!"

Can one woman's orgasm save the world? That's where it all started... at least for Donny and Ursula, mismatched lovers wh
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book.
It's funny, quirky, thoughtful & interesting.
A beautiful & very delightful read.
I cant wait for more from this author.
Received as a Gr giveaway.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, ebook, netgalley
What a weird-ass book. It's all environmental gushy stuff and hare-brained Earth-saving plans. I don't even know what I read.

The synopsis on Goodreads and elsewhere is misleading. Yeah, it's about our boy Donny, a stereotypically Italian beef-cake with creepily sweaty palms, and the neurotic and frigid belly-dancer flower child Ursula, who has freaky pony tails all over her head to hide her bald patch. Attractive. I didn't feel the tenderness I tend to feel for the misguided, the geeky, the awkw
Nov 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: zz-2013-reads
I'd like to start by giving you the synopsis as posted on Goodreads:

"Can one woman's orgasm save the world? That's where it all started... at least for Donny and Ursula, mismatched lovers who become unlikely heroes in DONNY AND URSULA SAVE THE WORLD. The quest for the Big O and its seismic awakening ignites them to daring deeds beyond their mere imaginations and neurotic existences. When an agribusiness giant threatens to control all the seeds of the world in order to own life itself, Donny and
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This definitely is not your average book. Donny hooks up with Ursula and this is sort of their story. It also includes a huge sub-plot about how big business, after getting its “foot” into the door of big business, proceeds to throw its influence around. Then there are Donny and Ursula’s friends and routine preoccupations. Donny is a typical slob, interested in downing fast food meals not cleaning up after himself, watching all sorts of stuff on TV, etc. Ursula is a lot of the opposite. She is i ...more
Ramya (Idea Smith)
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
A quirky little novel that manages to touch on several large issues - the danger of commercializing agriculture, the importance of orgasms, Mother Earth's good housekeeping, conspiracy theories. And in the midst of all this is a strange but lovely love story.

Donny is a regular Joe, a slob who enjoys smoking, video games and hoarding comic books. He meets Ursula at a party and decides to follow his head (the wrong one) and pursue her. But wooing the prudish, New Age travel service operator turns
Star Bookworm
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-lit
Ok. What do I say about this book. It exceeded my expectations yet was not close to what I expected. Is that a conundrum or impossibility? The very perplexing nature of my reaction is well suited to this story. The writing style is not my favorite but suitable for a modern fiction piece where we have thrown grammar out the #window. There are clear plot lines and definite character development. Some of the content I find wholly unsuitable to modest company. It is a book I will have a hard time re ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it

This story was a fun ride. The book is funny, but don't expect funny in the sense of stand up comedy. This is.... an upscale kind of funny.

Donny doesn't get Ursula and her weird "pets," but he sticks around because he wants to have sex with her, and he knows that eventually, she will have sex with him; it's just a matter of time. Wow! That is self-confidence!

Ursula doesn't want to have sex with Donny because she can't orgasm. So, what's the point, rig
Feed the Indie
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here’s a book about a serious topic that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Sharon Weil managed to write about GMOs, the end of the world, and make it all OK.

This wasn’t a typical romantic comedy, but here’s what I say about that: Good!

Donny and Ursula Save the world doesn’t preach about the dangers of genetically modified seeds, but the reality of it is still there. Instead, it’s wrapped in a quirky woman who deals with life in her own way – even if that is growing mushrooms in her home. Ursula
Steve Krems
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Donnie and Ursula! The book is really fun and off-beat, but at the same time is about several really serious topics - Love, big business/GMO's, and the environment. Weil has created some great characters and the way she weaves biological facts into the story is fantastic. The book definitely strikes some emotional chords about our current realities. It is a quick read and I never wanted to put it down. Sharon Weil is part behavioralist, part excellent science teacher and part humorist/au ...more
Crystal Caldwell
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm having a little but of a hard time with my feelings on this book. The book was well written and, I thought, incredibly creative. I loved the descriptions of the Eros and connections between certain characters. I wasn't crazy about the end, but it's just not really my type of ending.
It's a book that some parts will stay with me for awhile, while other aspects of it will fade from my memory. I didn't love or hate any of the characters. Some if the characters made me angry, but just didn't eli
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arc
Choose your ism: survival-ism, terrorism, environmentalism, fatalism, cataclysm, botulism (or something like it), escapism. Employing a series of hilariously apt double entendres, this book explains how money is the root of all evil and sex makes the world go around.

I can pretty much guarantee you won't read another book this year that so brilliantly ties together GMO seeds and belly dancing.

Full review at

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
Sharon Weil
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
“Weil’s debut has an uproarious premise… Weil’s narrative, by turns winsome and hilarious, is populated with well-drawn comic characters and filled with snappy dialogue; even a cleverly anthropomorphized Mother Earth gets in a few good zingers. The book’s action climax is also delightfully surreal. A fun, raucous eco-novel.” - Kirkus Review
Robert Litman
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. While reading it I was struck by Sharon's precision in understanding what goes on in the male mind about love and relationships and at the same time offering a heartfelt model of what is possible when two people enjoy each other. This is a laugh out loud read about very serious issues facing us today. ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
This was funny and somewhat engrossing. I liked all the other intermingling characters and stories, but wasn’t so enchanted with Donny and Ursula. Wish there was more Sheerah and Thor. I guess there were moments when it was great and I liked the fantastical elements. A book with a message, it was fun and not preachy.
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Sharon Weil has long engaged the conversation about courage and change as an author, activist, award-winning filmmaker, and somatic educator. She is the author of the novel, Donny and Ursula Save the World, a quirky, political, romantic mishap-adventure. She is also the host of the acclaimed podcast Passing 4 Normal: Conversations with Authors, Artists, Activists, and Awakeners about Seeding Chang ...more

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