Saturday, January 27, 2007
Boo by Rene Gutteridge
Boo, by Rene Gutteridge, is a funny and surprising story. You won’t be disappointed if you like quirky romantic comedy. This book brings to mind Stephen King, as well as Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird. Being from a town only about 40 miles from Monroeville (where the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, was filmed and where Harper Lee grew up) I couldn’t help but draw the connection.
Wolfe Boone is the monstrously successful, Stephen King-like, horror writer who decides to set up residence in Skary, Indiana, transforming the little town into a tourist attraction. There are some residents who think renaming the town’s restaurant “Haunted Mansion,” with its specialties changing to Mad Cow Meatloaf, Queasy Quesadillas, and Screamy Potatoes, is a good idea. One lifetime resident, our heroine Ainsley Parker, definitely doesn’t, and she resents—dare we say, hates?—the man who brought this “darkness” to her hometown. What she doesn’t know is that Wolfe, also known as Boo, has had a crush on her for years. When Boo converts and becomes a Christian, Ainsley must deal with her attitude toward him, and they both will start to get to know each other a little better.
This is a kooky story, complete with a kooky, quite original, villain. I enjoyed it very much. My friend, Mary Connealy, whose own first novel comes out in February, says it’s one of her all-time favorite books. What more endorsement could you ask for?