I’ve been a bit slow with my reading this year, though I have been known to devour a book in a day. But it’s a rare occasion when I find myself laughing from Chapter 1 to the epilogue, while also questioning all the things in life I never knew about. But all of that happened while reading Pucked, how the hell Helena Hunting does this I don’t know, but damn she’s good.
I’ll start with a little tease from chapter 1 (it’s not a spoiler – it’s a tease because it’s chapter 1 and has no impact on the actual course of the story). The story starts off with Violet being interrupted by Mom with some, shall we say personal private time? A day or two later I totally identified with Violet when, on a rare occasion, I was reading a trashy book while being around my Mom and during a lovely sex scene was interrupted by Mom. Not totally the same, but it really does add to the experience when your characters is about to orgasm and gets shut down, again.
That transitions me nicely to how real the book felt. The characters were real, vulnerable and funny. Well I can’t speak so much for the situations, the best I did with sports was go eat breakfast in the dining room where the Penn State football players had breakfast in the hopes of, well, I don’t know what. It never turned into anything anyway. But, it felt kinda real, and even if it’s all made up shit, Helena made if feel realistic. And she’s from Toronto, Canada, it’s legally required that she know a lot about Hockey.
While the book did have me questioning how little I knew about the hockey world, how normal my family is, and how I really don’t say inappropriate things when I’m nervous. Ok, maybe I do a little, but compared to Violet, I’m fabulous at nervous! Somehow the book was still, light, funny and addictive to read. And I’m totally in love with Alex and the beaver. Umm, the stuffed beaver. Erika was IGing pictures of the beaver she got at, I think RT, and I didn’t think much of it. I subsequently harassed her and Helena and I now have a couple pictures of said beaver. Pictures are below for when you finally read the book and want to see the beaver yourself. Umm, the stuffed beaver…
But before that I also want to say that when I went to write this review, I saw that there is a second book coming this fall!!! Pucked Up! It’s not Violet and Alex, though I’m sure we’ll see a bit of them in there. Squee! Oh, and Pucked will be coming out on Audiobook too. If you haven’t tried Audible.com, they are a sponsor of the podcast and listeners get a free 30 day trial – just saying.
If you’ve read it, let us know in the comments what you thought of Pucked.
— Helena Hunting (@HelenaHunting) August 1, 2015
Love the beaver #Pucked A photo posted by E L James (@erikaljames) on