My top thoughts:
I am so glad Parental Guidance was picked for our first COYER book club read. I enjoyed it so much and probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. I tend to not go for sports books, even though the sports are just in the backdrop. Avery Flynn is an author I like though, so maybe I would have.
What I liked:
- Fake relationships are a favorite trope of mine and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed seeing it turn into something real and the way they struggled to know what to think of the relationship as it morphed.
- The humor! The reason I like Avery Flynn is that she makes me laugh and she delivered here too. Especially with the parents – the dad is especially ridiculous at moments and it’s just good fun.
- The characters are truly great. Very relatable (despite having incredibly unrealistic professions… a miniatures artist and professional hockey player), particularly for the insecurities.
- The dog!! She has this hilarious dog that in some ways makes the book.
What I didn’t love:
- The scenario that led to them dating was very contrived. It made no sense at all. Not enough to spoil the book, but annoying.
- Some of their bumps in the relationship were also dumb/contrived. I get that their had to be conflict to resolve, but I would have liked something more realistic.
Clearly I struggled to think of anything I didn’t like — this was a solid 4 star read for me. And I listened to it, with a narrator I really enjoyed as well. I don’t remember the narrator specifically, so I can’t comment on that element, but I know I enjoyed the listen. I would like to read more in this world, for sure.