March 2nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Humorous, Romance, Women's Fiction
eARC provided by CBB Book Promotions
When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.
Thus begin the adventures of a girl who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.
Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?
This book was just fun. Just Pru follows a girl who needed to loose everything to break out of her shell and begin her life. I devoured this book in one day. This was a quick funny read that made me feel good.
Pru is a girl raised on fear. She just lost her job and then a fire consumes her apartment and everything in it. Pru is anxiety ridden, afraid of the outside world, even talking to people is scary to Pru. Pru is forced to stay with a neighbor named Ellen. Ellen helps Pru to try new things and Pru helps Ellen with transportation. Ellen owns a theater and Pru gets involved with the latest production to help pay Ellen back for letting her room with her. So Pru just wanted to be invisible. The fire makes it impossible for her to hide anymore. Her introduction to Ellen was the best thing that could have happened to a girl like Pru. Her hopeful independence and determination keep her from running home to her parents. Her parents seem to want Pru to fail and come running home. Pru takes advice from her (now past) therapist and a fictional character named Pepper. She slowly comes out of her shell, into the world that was just waiting for her to show up. Pru is a girl that deserves to live her life without fear and maybe even be kissed.
The good: Just Pru was a comical approach to a girl riddled with fears. I felt bad for Pru. I couldn’t really relate to Pru, but I rooted for her none the less. She is so eccentric it is funny. Coincidentally, she meets people with similar problems, and some normal people, that really help her. Pru doesn’t change too much, but her world does. I loved her friendship with Ellen, the real relationship problems she faces. I enjoyed the fact that she doesn’t get “fixed” in this story. This book was clean and most people will love it’s lighthearted approach to serious mental issues. The writing style had a great flow and I got absorbed in the story without even meaning to. This book is all first person and includes snippets from Pru’s diary for extra fun.
The bad: Not too much to complain about in this story. Being a comedy I could accept and expect things to work themselves out. It’s the nature of the genre. If you don’t like contemporary romance comedy, you probably won’t like this. There were a few mostly unbelievable things working for Pru’s advantage in this story. I could overlook that for the sake of a happy ending. If you are looking for troublesome angst with dark characters, look elsewhere.
I enjoyed this read. It was light and fun and just what I needed. Expect a happily ever after, with a comical twist here.
About the Author
Anne Pfeffer worked in finance and was a children’s rights attorney before she decided to follow her respective dreams of writing books and working in her pajamas. Since then, she has self-published the novels Any Other Night, The Wedding Cake Girl, and Girls Love Travis Walker, which was named one of IndieReader.com‘s Best Indie Books of 2013.
Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco.
Two (2) winners get a paperback set of Anne Pfeffer’s books, Any Other Night, Girls Love Travis Walker, The Wedding Cake Girl and Just Pru.
Open to US only
Ends March 4, 2015
This event was organized by:
- Gin’s Book Notes
- Whimsical Nature
- Crazy 4 YA
- Kissin Blue Karen