Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Kiss Me Goodnight by Michele Zurlo

Kiss Me Goodnight by Michele Zurlo

Kiss Me Goodnight (The Kiss Me Series)


Story Rating: 4 out of 5


Recommended for: Summer beach read, preferably while sharing a cabana with James Franco.

            Kiss Me Goodnight is that classic story of girl meets boy, girl lies compulsively, girl's OCD makes her wash hands six times in a row, girl fears boy is married because she's usually a magnet for sleazy, married, cheating guys. Normally, a flawed heroine like Lacey with her OCD and tendency to lie more easily than she tells the truth would turn me off from page one, but Zurlo manages to make her likeable. Lacey juggles her psychological issues in an upbeat, entertaining way while trying to navigate life as a single twenty-something.
            In the book's opening pages, Lacey meets Dylan, who seems like the perfect man – except that he's probably married. Before long, she has another encounter with another handsome stranger – only this one is her boss's son, who she thinks has come to downsize her. That's when her compulsive lying kicks into high gear. Suddenly Lacey's life is way more complicated than she's comfortable with and change is on the horizon.
            Kiss Me Goodnight is a well-written story full of witty first-person commentary from Lacey herself. The girl's got problems – refer to the OCD, lying, married man attraction, and job uncertainty – but she's prepared to handle it. She's intelligent and attractive and possesses a pair of colossal brass balls. Readers will admire Lacey at the same time that they want to wring her neck. But what fun is a book where the main character is perfect and makes all the right choices for a life of smooth sailing?
            The primary fault with this book is that some aspects of Lacey's life seem too easy. For instance, she stumbles into a great new job in a competitive industry without even trying. That will doubtless aggravate those who have struggled with unemployment and the inability to break into a new field. Also, Lacey and her friends are a little too insightful when it comes to their own problems and motivations. It feels like they all spend a lot of time in therapy analyzing themselves and each other. But those are minor issues that were easy to overlook in favor of focusing on the central story of Lacey's life and loves.

Tags: hot guys wearing vintage band t-shirts, DNA tests, lesbian drummers, corporate downsizing, discounted alcohol, music, dogs running at large, and perjury.

Reviewed by Amanda

1 comment:

  1. Amanda,
    Thanks for the thoughtful review of part 1 of Lacey and Dylan's story. As you thought, things aren't as easy as they currently seem!