I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite
Published by Shadow Mountain on February 6th 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.
Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.
When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.
Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?
Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.
Cute and charming update of Cyrano De Bergerac, centered around a small town librarian. When her best friend Will (who is perfect in every way except, at least to Greta, for his weight) introduces her to the handsome and poetic Mac, her birthday wish seems to come true. But even as her romance takes shape, Greta gradually realizes that her library is in serious danger of shutting down. Greta is a flawed heroine who grows through her mistakes- which include not realizing how different her talks with Mac compare to his much more eloquent texts, her prejudices towards Will’s weight, and some truly epic bad decisions work and relationship wise.
I wish the ending had been a little more fleshed out- maybe an epilogue set in the future. I would have enjoyed seeing a more mature and contented Greta.
The library setting, the hilarious cards the librarians leave for one another with the weirdest questions patrons ask (I need to start this at the bookstore), Mac’s unending supply of cheesy pickup line t-shirts, the park, and the very real debate over the necessity of libraries in our modern world made this a quick and quirky read.
My favorite parts of the book were any scene Will was in, and the history of Dr. Silver, a man who inspires Greta to want to make a difference in her community.
Stop the Clock:
I think this book probably falls under the category of Clean Romance, which isn’t my usual genre, and it reads a bit young (more NA than Adult). Greta isn’t my favorite heroine of all time, but there was enough cuteness and books to keep entertained. And I read it in a day!
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