10.12.2010 | Tuesday

I’m with Stupid

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I’m with Stupidtitle: I'm with Stupid
author: Elaine Szewczyk
published: 24 July 2008
genre(s): contemporary, romance
pages: 300
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: four-stars

the blurb

A hilarious tale of girl meets boy, girl falls in lust, girl discovers boy is not playing with a full deck...

When Kas meets William while on safari in South Africa he seems perfect — a gorgeous park ranger, both kind and brave (he saved the tour from certain death by water buffalo). Her two best friends, Max, an endlessly scheming personal trainer, and Libby, a jobless bombshell, would like to get their hands on William...but he's only interested in Kas, an editorial assistant at a struggling New York literary agency who thinks William is out of her league. The two have a fling, and Kas returns home to New York wondering if she'll hear from William again. So when he finally sends an email, she's delighted.

Until she opens it.

The email is not quite the love missive Kas expected. Did she misjudge William? A miscommunication ensues, triggering a rapid-fire series of comic developments that, within days, bring William to New York, now under the impression that Kas has offered him a place to live. As he unveils his big plan to take Manhattan by storm and make his fortune, Kas finally recognizes how limited William's intellectual capabilities are: He makes Kevin Federline look like Albert Einstein.

Readers are along for the outrageous ride as Kas copes with her new roommate's eccentricities, including a preoccupation with the Psychic Friends Network and a passion for collecting Big Apple-themed souvenirs, and the realization that her dream man is a comic nightmare.

my review

I’m with Stupid is a hysterical account of what can happen when a vacation fling goes wrong.  Recently jilted by her boyfriend, Kas Sienkiewicz is whisked away by her two best friends, Max and Libby, to a luxurious South African resort.  Suffering from a deflated ego, Kas indulges in a hot fling with a gorgeous park ranger, William, at her friends’ urging.  Convinced he is out of her leage, Kas returns to NYC and her job at a small, struggling literary agency.  When she gets an unexpected email from William, she is thrilled,… until she reads it.  The William from South Africa is clearly not the same William emailing her.  When he shows up in NYC, he is convinced that Kas has invited him to live with her and Kas doesn’t know how to tell him otherwise.  The journey Kas takes as she tries to deal with her new eccentric roommate, and her Polish immigrant family’s reaction to him, is hysterical.

I bought this book for my Sony Reader when I saw it on special.  Being a debut novel, I had no idea what to expect.  It was a delightfully funny read that had me giggling out loud in public.  The characters were light and funny, completely eccentric, and totally believable.  Although it was a lighter read, there were definately some deeper subplots that kept it from being too light.  Pick this book up!

About Elaine Szewczyk

Elaine Szewczyk was born in Kraków, Poland. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her work has appeared in The Financial Times, Playboy and The Chicago Tribune, among other publications. Currently she is the editor of Kirkus Reviews. She lives in New York City. I’m with Stupid is her first novel, which she started writing after returning from a trip to South Africa.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars
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One response to “I’m with Stupid

  1. Ohhhh I love this site Kim! <3 This books sounds like something I MUST read. Hrmmm… have you considered guest book reviews? I wouldn't mind pitching in a word or two if you should so choose. I have a quite a few good reads lately. Perhaps I'll duplicate your share idea – I LOVE books. Nice job sweety. *hugs* Keep reviewing!!!

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