The Bro-Magnet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Guest Review by Chris
copy sent for review, but all opinions are our own
Official Summary: Women have been known to lament, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." For Johnny Smith, the problem is, "Always a Best Man, never a groom." At age 33, housepainter Johnny has been Best Man eight times. The ultimate man's man, Johnny loves the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. Johnny has the instant affection of nearly every man he meets, but one thing he doesn't have is a woman to share his life with, and he wants that desperately. When Johnny meets District Attorney Helen Troy, he decides to renounce his bro-magnet ways in order to impress her. With the aid and advice of his friends and family, soon he's transforming his wardrobe, buying throw pillows, ditching the hula girl lamp, getting a cat and even changing his name to the more mature-sounding John. And through it all, he's pretending to have no interest in sports, which Helen claims to abhor. As things heat up with Helen, the questions arise: Will Johnny finally get the girl? And, if he's successful in that pursuit, who will he be now that he's no longer really himself?
Review -we're trying a new set up for some reviews, where we simply ask ourselves questions about the book and answer them instead of writing out a 'regular' review. This won't be all the time, of course, but let us know in the comments what you think of the idea!
What did you like about the novel?
I enjoyed the humor and the friendships.
What did you not like about the novel?
I felt like at times the story ran slow.
Who was your favorite character?
Johnny's neighbor, Sam. She knows Johnny so well and is always trying to help him with girls. Sam adds a lot of the humor.
Did you like the romance?
Yes, but it was frustrating waiting for them to be honest with each other.
Did you like the writing style?
Yes, it was easy to follow.
What did you think of Johnny?
He is a great friend. He was a nice guy, but too eager to please when it came to dating.
Were the characters well-developed?
Yes, I understood who they were. They felt realistic.
What do you take away from this book?
You should be who you are. If you aren't honest, then you cannot expect your partner to be honest.