Fix You

Fix You

Book - 2015 | First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
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"In this modern-day Cinderella story with a charming twist, a young widow with two rambunctious sons falls for a gorgeous movie star. But can she handle life in the limelight? When Kelly Reynolds's husband died two years ago, he left her to raise their two young boys. She's barely pieced herself back together and takes refuge in her routine, running her kids around town and running the trails near their Idaho home. A chance encounter on a trail run brings famous actor Andy Pettigrew into her life. He's clearly interested in her, but Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn't fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn't own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn't walk five steps in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork. Despite this, they click. But Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame, and Kelly's hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous. So as much as she wants to indulge the fantasy, she doesn't know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. Especially when she and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep..."-- Publisher marketing.
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2015.
©2013
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781501106255
1501106252
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm
Summary: "In this modern-day Cinderella story with a charming twist, a young widow with two rambunctious sons falls for a gorgeous movie star. But can she handle life in the limelight? When Kelly Reynolds's husband died two years ago, he left her to raise their two young boys. She's barely pieced herself back together and takes refuge in her routine, running her kids around town and running the trails near their Idaho home. A chance encounter on a trail run brings famous actor Andy Pettigrew into her life. He's clearly interested in her, but Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn't fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn't own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn't walk five steps in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork. Despite this, they click. But Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame, and Kelly's hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous. So as much as she wants to indulge the fantasy, she doesn't know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. Especially when she and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep..."-- Publisher marketing.

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Sarah1984
May 05, 2016

2/9 - This didn't work for me. The writing was fine, but the connection between Andy and Kelly was more friends than lovers. I felt like Andy was too immature for Kelly - deciding on a whim that he didn't want to go skiing with friends as planned and instead calling Kelly to come and pick him up from the airport, without any kind of warning. What if she'd had something to do? What if the boys had afternoon activities that she needed to drive them to? You can't just turn up and expect a single mother to entertain you without prior notice.

I hated that Andy smoked and can't believe that Kelly could put up with it. We're not told exactly what Kelly's husband died of but it certainly sounded like some kind of cancer, possibly even lung cancer considering his first symptom was breathlessness. My grandma died from complications of bone cancer (when her bones began to degrade they released calcium into her bloodstream which poisoned her), but she was 80, it's not like the cancer took her early (which it could have, she'd already survived a decade with bone cancer, had a double mastectomy and complete hysterectomy due to cancer being found in both her breasts and ovaries). Grandma was already at the end of her life, but I can't imagine watching someone I loved die of cancer long before their time (I'm going with cancer as his cause of death) and then being around a smoker. I'd constantly want to scream at them that my father/brother/best friend/whoever died of cancer and that I can't be around someone who is voluntarily sucking in air of cancer, like they want to die of cancer.

I think Kelly and Andy would do better as running buddies than lovers. I felt like they had nothing in common, except the running. I have so many more interesting books to read that I just couldn't continue with a passionless couple like these two. I gave up at page 80. I won't be reading the sequel, if I can help it.

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