CLUMSY GIRL'S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE
Wiesner’s quirky, rambling prose has a distinct charm, and readers who are a suckers for Ugly Duckling-type stories might enjoy this novel, but it’s challenging to determine what subgenre this book falls under. The physical humor doesn’t quite translate. The main characters are supposed to be around the age of 30, but the book reads more like a YA. Unfortunately, erratic pacing makes the read a struggle at times, with needless everyday life details bogging down the transitions. The faith aspect of the story feels disconnected rather than natural. And if not for Zoe’s perspective being told in first person and Curt’s in third-person limited, the character’s voices would sound too similar for comfort. In addition, this reviewer personally found both of the main characters difficult to relate to or sympathize with. The hero is a shallow, selfish jerk just starting to realize the error of his ways, and the heroine comes across as bitter, needy and more than a little daft throughout.
Zoë Rossdale is the clumsy girl who always has her elbows, feet, eyes and hair going in all the wrong directions. She floats around in her own world, her obliviousness constantly getting her into trouble. After a lifetime of being evaluated critically and found wanting, she’s trying to change — for her own good. A well-intentioned makeover has her feeling more awkward than ever, until she literally runs into the only man she’s ever loved. Curt Bertoletti spent years trying to forget Zoë and her embarrassing ways. But this new Zoë looks so little like the girl he remembers. He can’t help remembering how well they once fit together, in all their strangeness. Now that he finally knows what he wants in life and his faith, he’s convinced Zoë Rossdale is not it — so why can’t he forget her? Zoë will always be Zoë, but can they both live with that fact — forever? (WHISKEYCREEKPRESS.COM, dl $6.99)