Lori Belkin has been dumped. By her parents. They moved out while she was away on holiday, and now, at the tender age of twenty-five, she’s been cruelly forced to stand on her own two feet. While she’s getting to grips with basic adulting, Lori magically brings to life the super-sexy man she created from celebrity photos as a teenager. Lori learns very quickly that having your ideal man is not as satisfying as it ought to be and that being an adult is far harder than it looks. Snowflake is a story about prehistoric pets, delinquent donkeys and becoming the person you want to be, not the person everyone else expects you to be.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This book really is a laugh out loud comedy read and I should have known better than to listen to it in public. I cringed, tittered and cried with laughing and as far as ever watching Star Wars goes Darth Vader won’t ever ‘measure up’ like he did before!
Lori is a brilliant character for all the wrong reasons because she, at 25, has not a clue how to do a darn thing. Mum and dad were like the bank of England for her for loans, the cleaners, cooks and general look after all her needs so she had never thought of leaving. Well they hadn’t gently coaxed her out of the nest to stand on her own two feet, the nest had been well and truly taken away when she returned from holiday, skint and in need of home comforts.
What takes place is a very real coming of age story as Lori faces life’s challenges just to survive each day but with hilarious and disastrous results. Now as I said I listen to books but this one made me talk back. OMG Lori really hasn’t any common sense to the point of me giving out advise that didn’t make any difference, a bit like her mum and dad really.
Then add a magic pendant, a pencil and a very impulsive quick fix Lori and it all becomes a cross between Home Alone and Jumanji, it is pure belly laughs. This is my best comedy read of the year. A brilliant duo of authors that write seamlessly together with what I am sure must be a Vulcan mind meld from Star Trek, to create a story line that any parent with grown up children living at home can easily relate to.
If you want a real pick me up read it is just perfect because you won’t be able not to laugh. The thing is I keep remembering bits of the story and still randomly seem to laugh for no apparent reason. My 28-year-old son, that still lives at home, thinks I have lost the plot! Little does he know! Absolutely loved this!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Heide has been co-writing with Iain Grant for several years now.
The Clovenhoof Satan-in-suburbia comedy series goes from strength to strength, check it out!
You might also enjoy the Oddjobs series, especially if you’ve ever had a terrible job.
Don’t forget to look at the standalone novels too, there are some gems in there.
3 Fun facts about Heide and Iain*:
Heide and Iain are writers in residence of a Warwickshire phone box
Heide and Iain were commissioned to write an Adrian Mole story to celebrate the character’s 50th birthday.
Heide and Iain operate a premium line phone service where they will read stories to your pets when you’re on holiday
* One of these is untrue
Heide lives in North Warwickshire, England with her husband and children.
Iain Grant is an author of short stories and novels, ranging from contemporary literature to fantasy and horror. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.
He is perhaps best known for the comic novel, ‘Clovenhoof’, co-written with Heide Goody. The follow-up novel, ‘Pigeonwings’, (which follows the continuing adventures of the earthbound Satan and Archangel Michael) was published in August 2013.
Iain’s solo work includes children’s books, thrillers and an on-going series of steampunk “chapbooks” which begins with “The Angels of the Abyss”.