Where can you go to read a fantastic romantic comedy? I generally read mysteries, science fiction, or fantasy novels, as you can tell from the other reviews I’ve posted in the past. However, when I checked out Vonda Norwood’s great romantic comedy, “Facebook Breaks Up Marriages.lol”, I saw for myself that if a book’s good, it’s good, no matter what the genre may be. That said, I’m not going to go out & buy all the romantic comedies I can find & and take my reading preferences into an entirely new direction; but, I found Vonda’s writing style very refreshing and lively, and I’m glad I read it.
Despite the title of the eBook, Vonda does not advocate anywhere in it for the breakup of marriages, whether the cause of the breaks being Facebook-induced or otherwise. Nor is she saying that the breakup of marriages is a laughing matter, though humor can be found almost in any situation if you look hard enough. Rather, she’s saying that in the case of her first-person narrator, Liz Peebles, and by extension, the cases of anyone else who marriages are tenuous at best, Facebook can definitely be a factor in the ultimate breakup of a marriage-whether for the better or worse. And, if that’s where you also happen to find yourself, you might as well try to see the humor in the situation, also.
Liz gets fixated on locating an old flame, or at least, someone she wishes had been more of one, through Facebook. Once she gets an idea in her head, she likes to run with it. Learning that it will cost her $ 19.99 to buy the services of the company she wants to use to look through old yearbooks online does not deter her. Liz is a middle-aged housewife with four children, and she wants to add some zest and spice to her daily life, so that’s a major incentive for her to-shall we say-catch up on old times.
She knew the guy as Kenny Newsome, but generally just called him Kenny. He was a basketball player whom her older brother Douglas, a football player, as well as her brother’s two friends, the “Clowns,” wanted to convert into a football player to hopefully improve the high school’s team. They wanted to use Liz and her feminine charms and knowledge of football (learned at her father’s knee) as a persuasive argument to get Kenny to switch sports in favor of football.
The plot takes us back to Liz’s first encounter with Kenny, and to her immediate liking of him. She’s especially taken with his “big hands” and that he seemed to her to be a man among boys. Back in the present, the adult Liz has some initial difficulties searching for Kenny because, though she knows his full name, she just uses the search word “Kenny.” She cannot locate a photo of him using that name, so finally searches for his complete name, and that does the trick.
One other cool aspect, if you’re someone who Tweets, is that Vonda does things like throw out the name of another Tweeter who’s an accomplished author – Teodor Flonta – and makes him a minor character. When I saw his name, that was the first of many times I smiled and laughed a little to myself.
Kenny had told Liz, all those years ago, that after high school he was going into the Service. There was not really any chance that anything like love could blossom under the circumstances, but Liz injured an infatuation for Kenny inside her all those years, until she finally decided to act on her feelings by trying to contact him.
Now, I’m not one to (in general) give away too many spoilers, so I will not tell you if Liz ever does manage to contact Kenny, nor what happens if she is able to do so. I’ll leave those questions unanswered for you to discover for yourself. But, needless to say (though I will), “Facebook Breaks Up Marriages.lol” by Vonda Norwood is full of the exuberance that Vonda, herself, is full of, and this is definitely an eBook you’ll want to download and add to your library of eBooks. Also, with it being available at Smashwords, you can get it in any format, for virtually any type of eBook reader. You can even read it as a PDF file on your computer/laptop, or on an iPhone! Get this great book now, before the price goes up to reflect it’s true value!
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