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Textual Healing

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  56 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

Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 19th 2010 by Authorhouse
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Anthony Chavez
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 13, 2011 added it
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Soumya, who has his own apartment-destroying sugar glider incident
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 things of a grammar nature, so I deal with it and move on. ...more
Steve Rauscher
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, possessions
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
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great read from a first time author. The time will come and this guy will be a major writer.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads

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
Nancy Meservier
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
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel French
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Bert Edens
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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!
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, book-club-2

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.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is a terrible book, full of mistakes of continuity and grammar. The characters are not interesting nor well-developed. Juvenile plot.
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Pssst I know the guy who wrote this!
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Thanks to this book I learned about sugar gliders.

And I laughed out loud on several occasions.

Good job, Eric Smith!
Feb 04, 2011 marked it as interesting-possibilities
Recommended to Cheryl by: First Read
Gotta love those quirky books..haiku-speaking flower-shop-owning ninja? Well reviewed, goodreads author, and funny!
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Rating 3.5/5 Stars

I have never had a pet sugar glider, nor have I ever known any one with such an exotic pet. I wouldn’t even know where to buy one! Can you even get a sugar glider at a regular pet store? When the main character, Ace aka Andrew makes the impulsive decision to buy a sugar glider in order to impress a girl that he is smitten with, I learned that one should never leave such an unusual animal unattended. Ace’s adventure with his psychotic pet that he dubbed Ditto is just one of many
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
To be honest, when I first picked up this book I had no idea what it would be about. Textual Healing? Is that some kind of “Texters Anonymous” type of meeting? Upon reading the back of the book, the mystery deepened. “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.” Alas, upon reading that, I had to give it a try! Kim’s contact (and friend) at Quirk Books, Eric Smith, was happy to o ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Textual Healing
by Eric Smith

Rating: R; 3 stars

Summary: Andrew “Ace” Connor is struggling with life. His former best-seller is now in the clearance bin, his girlfriend is gone, and he hasn't been able to write in over 3 years. However, he does have friends on his side. His best friend, Brian, sets Ace up with his wife's cousin, Hannah. His writer neighbor convinces him to join a writer's group...that just happens to end up being a support group for writers who find themselves unable to write. Ok
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
'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
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This book had me hooked by page three when Joel Schumacher was called “the talentless hack who put nipples on Batman’s costume.” On page four a shout out to Sayid from Lost made me smile because I love Sayid. By page 17 I was totally wrapped up in the story and laughed out loud literally when I read some funny observations about “range free worms.” I have read some of the other reviews for this one on Good Reads and I think it might be the law that I use the word “quirky” to describe the book. I ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
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 an author, blogger, and literary agent from New Jersey.

His Young Adult books include the Inked duology (Bloomsbury), the anthology Welcome Home (Flux), The Girl & the Grove (Flux), and the forthcoming Reclaim the Sun (2020, Inkyard Press / Harlequin Teen).

His first non-fiction, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was published with Quirk Books in December 2013. It was an Indiebound bests