*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
So, ladies and gents, the last installment in the Click series by L. Becker is finally here. I must say I’m so sad, because I really REALLY got so connected to her characters and their LOL e-mails.
To those of you who are not familiar with Lisa’s series, let me tell you, you’re missing out on so much! Just like watching a re-run from Friends, this is truly a series you’re gonna love THAT much! So if you decide to give this series a chance (and I’m strongly recommending that), then make sure you read the books in order because there are many things in book 3 that are considered spoilers. Just thought I’d get it all out before you start reading my review.
I was more than thrilled to see these guys again, Renee, Shel, Ashley, Mark and thank god cassidy (see what I did there;)) is out of the picture. Their lives have changed, though they sure didn’t. Renee is still madly in love and ready to marry, Shel is nutty and sassy as always and Ashley has just welcomed the birth of her baby girl. As you see, they all have so much going on in their life, however what hasn’t been changed is their friendship, growing stronger each day despite years and distance. I honestly think friendships like this are really hard to find, and couldn’t help but be jealous of their strong bonding, of the fact they support each other on everything and are always there for each other. Life is really miserable without supporters or people who’d make this journey more fun, because life IS supposed to be fun, right?
Although I haven’t had the chance to read that many novels written in the form of e-mail correspondence, I must say I think Lisa did an amazing job. Her writing is easy to follow and once you meet the characters it’s going to be easy to distinguish their e-mails. So Shel is the naughty one always trying to make sex jokes and boy, she’s hilarious. Ashley is the motherly type, one who always worries and is a bit of a prude. Mark is a sweet, honest guy, and I wish there were more of his e-mails in this part. While Renee is the strong connection between them all, updating friends on everything, keeping the ball down in case some of them get into a silly row, especially Shel and Ashley.
Though it’s a LOL read full of fresh humor, there were some parts that really were sad and emotional, but I would really hate pointing them out because I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Overall, this was (as expected) very enjoyable and funny book. I know many people will love it and relate to the characters, so as I said, I’m really sad there won’t be more stories about them. But I do hope Lisa will decide, at some point, to continue this series. I mean, Sophie Kinsella announced recently a 7th part of her Shopaholic series, so I don’t see a reason why Lisa shouldn’t change her mind. I genuinely care for these characters and one day, I wish Lisa decides to get them back, maybe once they get older. Now that would truly be funny, Shel at 50 or 60!!! Can’t help but giggle at the thought!
Ok, wrapping up, though I could talk for hours when it comes to this series. I seriously think you should check it out.
My rating: 4/5
‘Double Click’ is the sequel to ‘Click’ which I read last year (read my review here) and ever since I’ve been dying to get my hands on the second book. Naturally, I was over the moon when the author kindly has offered me to read it in exchange for an honest review.
I simply couldn’t wait to start reading and see what life turn out to be for Renee, Shelley, Ashley and Mark. They are such a jolly bunch and their e-mails…boy oh boy are they funny and interesting.
Speaking of e-mails, just like the first installment, ‘Double Click’ is also written in the form of e-mail correspondence. Now this format might not work for everyone, but worked absolutely brilliant for me. Since I was already familiar with the characters I didn’t have any problem whatsoever to follow their chats. So, if you love fun chick lit you’ll devour in just couple of hours and you want to check out this series, maybe it’s wiser to start with the first part, because the plot is strongly connected to the first novel (not just the same characters).
‘Click’ is still fresh in my memory, though I’ve not read it that recently. But I really liked the story and the characters left a strong impression on me, so I didn’t need to go back to the first part to re-read it in order to continue with this one. Renee is same Renee, romantic, nice, kind. She’s very much happy and in love with her boyfriend. Ashley is on her way to become a mommy and Shelley (my favorite character) is going through a radical change. Why radical? Well if you’ve read the first part you’ll know what I’m talking about.
This is an easy and light read about friendship and love. It’s actually more about friendship, the every day things friends talk about, the history of these characters which is to say the least, very interesting since they’ve been friends for quite some time.
However, though I really enjoyed it I admit I enjoyed the first part a bit more. I mean, I love the transformation Shelley is going through (though I’d still love to consider her as a WILD THING) and I loved the fact each of these characters has grown and became more mature, but somehow I found it less funny and amusing (when compared to ‘Click’). And as happy as I am that good old Mark found a girl he’s crazy about, I really disliked her and think she’s totally unnecessary addition to the book. It seemed to me she didn’t contribute to the plot in ANY way whatsoever. But, I’m definitely not sorry for reading it because it felt really nice being with the gang once again. And I’m beyond happy to hear there will be a third part coming this year, however I still don’t know the exact date.
If you’re a fan of light hearted reads or the TV show Friends (and I know many of you are) then I certainly recommend this book to you.
My rating: 3/5
Now, this was a FUN read! I had a strong feeling I will like it ever since I read the blurb. And I’m glad I was right. But I must admit, I was a bit worried if I will like it because of its format. The ENTIRE book is written in the form of e-mails. So far, I’ve just read one book in this format, and to be frank, I hated it!
And for a while, I actually thought I hated that particular book because of the format. But oh no, after reading “Click” i found out that I actually have no problem if the entire book is written in the form of e-mail correspondence. Lisa Becker pulled this off, and created a fun, entertaining story with hilarious characters.
*Applauds to author*
The story is centered around Renee and her search for Mr. Right on the internet. It was Mark, one of her best friends, who told her she should give this online dating a go and provided her all the best online dating sites (Mark is such an OCD as you see).
But who said online dating is easier than real dating (and less humiliating if it doesn’t work out) is one big fat lair. OMG, the guys..the guys!!! Some of them were just hilarious.
I must admit I was not a huge fan of Renee, I mean I did root for her in her search for the ONE, but as much as her friends said she’s awesome and a-girl-every-guy-would-die-for (SUPERMODEL RENEE!!!) I couldn’t really picture her like that. She seemed not too confident, so she needed a constant reminder from her friends about how great she is, and let me tell you, after few pages (e-mails) this started to annoy me a bit.
But, Shelley..oh Shelley is a maneater! But she’s hilarious, reminded me a LOT of Samantha from “Sex and the City” series, and if you ask me, Samantha was the star..not Carrie. I know, I know, she seems slutty, but she was so funny, so out spoken, so…wild!!!
Now that I think of this series and make comparisons to this book, I realize I would enjoy this book more if the story was centered around Shelley…she and her Cuddlers, Toddlers, even while writing this review I can’t help but smile.
Mark was great, but we don’t get to see him that much in this book (maybe there will be more about him in the sequel), and Ashley was…meh…I really didn’t care about her. She is too judgmental and weak.
Overall, this was a fun book! It’s such a quick read, you will read it in just couple of hours. If you’re looking for a light hearted, beach read, that will make you laugh out loud, no need to look any further.
I’m most definitely looking forward to the sequel, Double Click and am so glad I discovered another awesome chick lit author.
My rating: 3.5/5