Third Place for Fiction 2013 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (2013)
National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) (2013)
To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes--each one different, but beautiful in her own way.Before all of your my regular visitors starts wondering about this book based on its cover and storyline, let me tell you that this cover is very misleading; and of course the title of the book. I wish the editor did put some thought on these two points.
He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he'll always be a loser like his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.
When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.
But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows the truth about him
Anne Pfeffer has done a wonderful job of writing on the issue of homeless people, people who find it difficult to meet two ends, people who depends on soup kitchen for their survival.From what little I found about her other books, I think she usually takes up some difficult issues as one of the main themes and wind a romance around it.
I liked the character of Travis Walker very much. He acts very much like the 19 year old that he is. The way he takes up responsibility for himself and his mother, his insecurities about being a failure in life, his need to hide things from others, his frustration about not able to feed or protect himself etc etc. Anne Pfeffer succeeds in this wonderful portrayal of the character of Travis Walker. He is helpless but not weak, worried but not whiny !
I enjoyed reading this book though I was initially apprehensive if I ended up with a M&B kind of book. I really didn't give a damn if Travis Walker was handsome or ugly, if girls loved him or not etc because it does not make any difference to the story. Probably someone should suggest changing the title and republishing this book just like how Pfeffer did for her other book 'Loving Emily'.
First Release: March 2013
Note: I received an ebook from the author as review copy in return for my honest review.