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194 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 1, 2018
“This town wouldn’t know a good book if it climbed out of the Hellmouth and kidnapped the mayor.”
“Nightlife Negative,” I murmured, recognizing the opening scene of my debut novel. — Kit Parker and Amy Fox
With the line "Grandpa’s driven through Dunkin’ Donuts!”
“So what?” Pumpkin Everything has one of the more amusing openings. Yes, the set-up is in the blurb but I didn't expect it to be the opening line. This is a gorgeous and easy to read 🍂seasonal story🎃. A second chance love, communication just missed and playing with the concept of the boy/girl next door. Also the love of family. The two main characters are Amy Fox, a horror writer with writer's block who recently kicked out her good for nothing former fiance. And Kit Parker childhood downstairs neighbour and her first love whom she ran from at seventeen. Amy is a character full of something just a bit more than guilt for her leaving and never looking back to her small hometown. In 10 years she's never visited home, not once, not to see Kit or her grandfather Tom. To make matters worse she never explained to Tom why she was leaving. Never said goodbye to Riley, Kit's younger brother and someone she saw as a brother. This is what the book deals with Amy coming to terms with her own actions and past.
What Pumpkin Everything does do, but I'm not sure how well, is work with the ideas of depression, getting help and guilt. Kit and the handling of his own past and trying to help Amy come to terms with it too. But Riley, Riley and that repressed anger were not entirely unexpected but shown in exactly the right place, time and way. It does help to remember that when Amy leaves she's 18, still somewhat immature and unsure how to help on a very real level. She has been living with her guilt and the repercussions of it for years. Kit's behaviour is endearing around Amy and her thoughts.
I know book 2 in the Autumnboro Sweet Romance duology (Maple Sugar Crush) is Riley and Josie's story and that makes me so happy. I adore Riley Parker and his whole deal, former goth (is there really such a thing🤭), works in a funeral home, very much death positive (Mother Death would be so pleased). Riley and Josie both deserve happiness. Josie absolutely deserves a man who won't use her for her millions. Riley needs to know he can be accepted for who he is and what he does.
Look this Pumpkin Spice likely won't set the world on fire but I can see why people like it, especially during fall/autumn. I will say for me it will likely be forgettable but mostly if not only because I read it as a way to deal with my slight insomnia between 11:30 and 3ish am. But that does not diminish how much I enjoyed it as I was reading.
The one that got away. Was that what he was to me? He hadn’t gotten away like some determined fish struggling free from a net, emerging triumphantly into open water. No, I’d dumped him out. Weak and with a broken fin, I’d dumped him out into the ocean, over the petty offence of not wanting to take me to the prom, not knowing or caring if he would make it on his own. How could he be the one that got away, when I’d let him go? — Amy Fox
Read for Autumn Readathon by Lilium 2021. Filling the prompt: "Jack-o'-Lantern: a book that reminds you of Halloween"
Look it's set in a town called Autumnboro. While Halloween in my country is in Spring Halloween is inextricably linked with Autumn. This does have scenes set at Halloween they really aren't the focus and that is such a pleasant thing for me.
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