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@Read Epub Ø The Actor and the Housewife ô A very different kind of fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale What if you were to meet the number one person on your laminated list you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance And of course since it ll never happen it doesn t matter Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol free dinner later, something has happened though nothing has happened It isn t sexual It isn t even quite love But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends Really Becky s husband is pretty cool about it Her children roll their eyes Her neighbors gossip endlessly But Felix and Becky have something special something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain Or is it A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not so secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything I loved this book It s a fun story with magnetic characters I wish were in my real world I laughed out loud many times at vivacious, out spoken Becky and cried along with herthan once Though the story requires a smidgen of a suspension of disbelief from the reader, this is not your usual formula chick lit, as expectations end up twisting on you a number of times I admit that I came to this book with a bit of a chip on my shoulder The premise of a married woman striking up a friendship I loved this book It s a fun story with magnetic characters I wish were in my real world I laughed out loud many times at vivacious, out spoken Becky and cried along with herthan once Though the story requires a smidgen of a suspension of disbelief from the reader, this is not your usual formula chick lit, as expectations end up twisting on you a number of times I admit that I came to this book with a bit of a chip on my shoulder The premise of a married woman striking up a friendship with a married man was one that I had definite opinions about from the outset It is a testament to Shannon Hale s writing and head on way of addressing the readers concerns that make this a very good read It was refreshing that the story avoided clich , tied with a bow endings, and just when you think it s going to be nothingthan a cute story, it pulls you into a journey with surprising depth 5 stars for the fact that I had a hard time putting it down as well as the fact that exactly twice I turned to Hale s picture at the back of the book and wagged my finger at her mischievous smile to scold her sneaky sneaky ways of turning my expectations on their head I was truly sad to get to the last page and be done with the story I m going to warn you upfront that I had an extreme reaction to this book An extreme and unexpected reaction Just ask DH He had to listen to me rant ad nauseam until I d exorcised the demons enough to move on The thing is I haven t reacted so strongly to a book for quite some time and it took me a bit by surprise Oh, well, who are we kidding It threw me for one hell of a loop and I had an extremely hard time shaking it off Despite all this I m going to try to continue my tradition of spoi I m going to warn you upfront that I had an extreme reaction to this book An extreme and unexpected reaction Just ask DH He had to listen to me rant ad nauseam until I d exorcised the demons enough to move on The thing is I haven t reacted so strongly to a book for quite some time and it took me a bit by surprise Oh, well, who are we kidding It threw me for one hell of a loop and I had an extremely hard time shaking it off Despite all this I m going to try to continue my tradition of spoiler free reviews and, as a result, won t be able to tell you the precise reasons why I reacted the way I did I won t be able to go into excruciating detail explaining exactly how and when my emotions bounced back and forth But let s be honest That s probably for the best So.Becky Jack is a Mormon housewife living in Layton, Utah, pregnant with her fourth child She has just sold a screenplay to a film agency in LA and is meeting them there to sign the contract, when in walks Felix Callahan sexy British star of Becky s favorite romantic comedies The two of them clash right from the start and, despite their visible disdain for one another and the fact that Felix has long been Becky s movie star crush , they find themselves staying at the same hotel and eating dinner together that night Becky returns to Utah sure it was some fluke, a fun story to tell the fam, and that she ll never see Felix again Au contraire, Becky Turns out Felix hasn t been able to get their abrasive encounter out of his head and the next time he has a layover in Salt Lake City, he turns up to see her and figure out what the deal is From there these two unlikely characters become the very best of friends Talk on the phone daily, stay up all night long talking, drop everything to jet off to New York at a moment s notice kind of BFFs As you might expect, a whole host of factors get in the way of their friendship, including at times concerned jealous spouses, their different faiths or rather Becky s strict one and Felix s utter lack of one , their diametrically opposed lifestyles, etc Self proclaimed platonic lovers, these two weather the small and large storms of life as their friendship and story stretches out over a decade and.I ll preface my comments by saying I have read all of Shannon Hale s YA books I love her Books of Bayern and thought her first adult novel Austenland was a fun, light romp for Austen fans I expected to like this book just fine I knew it would be quirky and different and fun I certainly didn t go in expecting a happy ending because, well, given the subject matter who would I laughed my way through the first 100 pages because any scene Becky and Felix share sparkles I even cried Once At a scene about 80 pages in or so that was just so real and a little close to home it struck me in the gut However, I felt that the next 250 pages were an uneven roller coaster ride of conflicting emotions, increasingly hard to swallow turns of event, and very inconsistent characterizations Every aspect of the story felt so deliberate and pre planned that it got in the way of my reading experience It was strangely a prime example of too much telling and not enough showing The narrator and Becky herself told me over and over and over again how much she was in love with her solid as a brick wall husband, how little Felix meant to her compared to Mike, how she would never do anything to jeopardize her marriage, etc Her actions spoke differently The actual depiction of her marriage was lukewarm at best The rock Mike was too vague an image to grasp onto Next to Felix he was a mere smudge Felix clearly meant an inexplicable amount to Becky And vice versa These two cannot function properly without each other They will always be returning to each other The crystal clear, most evocative, and resonant depictions were of Becky and Felix And it was simply too difficult for me to buy everything Becky was saying in the face of what she was showing me page after page THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE is an exploration of whether or not married men and women can be friends and just friends The answer is, of course, yes But that is not what Becky and Felix are I know that s what they re supposed to be But they re not They are intimates They are soulmates That is the way every encounter, ever glance, every touch is characterized The intent seemed to be some sort of Humphrey Bogart Ingrid Bergman Paul Henreid triangle a la Casablanca The result was a Rock Hudson Doris Day Tony Randall anti triangle a la Pillow Talk And by the time the overwrought, rushed ending arrived I felt so completely jerked around I was unable to deal with the melodrama a moment longer.I m really sorry it ended this way, THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE I know you ve gotten a lot of positive reviews and it s quite possible it s me and not you Fortunately, each reader can decide for herself And I hope they do As for you and me, I think it s time we start seeing other people Oh Shannon HaleI try to like youI really do I give you chance after chance and guess what I just don t I know I am in the minority especially in my little subculture of the world but you re just not myas you would annoyingly say cup of herbal tea I found this book to be so gosh darn full of sugary cliched Happy Valley Mormonism that my teeth hurt and I wanted to vomit.I thought this book would be the delightful romp that it claimed to be but it wasn t The main character, Be Oh Shannon HaleI try to like youI really do I give you chance after chance and guess what I just don t I know I am in the minority especially in my little subculture of the world but you re just not myas you would annoyingly say cup of herbal tea I found this book to be so gosh darn full of sugary cliched Happy Valley Mormonism that my teeth hurt and I wanted to vomit.I thought this book would be the delightful romp that it claimed to be but it wasn t The main character, Becky Jack, truly is the MOST annoying of characters She s just knocked Bella from Twilight down a few notches She is such a Utah LDS stereotype You disappoint me Shannon Hale.Firstthe plot The book is basically about Becky and her crush British actor, Felix who in my book looks just like Hugh Grant and their emotional affair I wanted to scream as Becky was titillated every time Felix called, how her little pudgy heart just skipped a beat whenever she heard his voice but she would then go on and on about how much she loved her good old dependable husband Mike Me thinks the lady doth protest too much Shannon Hale tells us over and over againad naseaumabout how much Becky loves Mike and how her marriage is her number one priority yet Becky s actions tell a far different story Each time Hale would have Becky say how much she loved Mike in the next breath she would then have Becky go off on how she and Felix were soulmates Ugh I found myself asking throughout the whole book Couldn t Felix do better than you You are a boreand a stereotype Andnot a very flattering stereotype, Ms Hale, of LDS women.Second, the characters are so uninteresting, except for Felix, and completely unrealistic The husband Mike after putting up with so much from his wife and her infatuation relationship with Felix he finally reaches the end of his rope and tells herthat he just doesn t understand What That s it Call her out Mike I wanted to yell Grow some balls and a spine while you re at it I don t know what most of the readers husbands are like but mine would put up with behavior like that for exactly two seconds and vice versa I kept wanting Mike to find a nice sexy blonde big boobed co worker and claim her to be his soulmate and see how frumpy old zucchini bread baking Becky liked it Probably not so much.Third, was this book written for the masses or did I miss the LDS lit label Because Ms Hale assumes that your average reader is in on all the LDS Utah insight and most are not I couldn t stand her description of how the city of Layton is pronouncedinside joke to Utah readers only When Becky goes in to talk to her Bishop and she says that she has read a bunch of Conference Talks I m sure the non LDS reader has no clue what she is talking aboutand these are just a few examples.Now that said there were some parts of this book where the dialogue between Becky and Felix was humorousbut then it never let upevery single time they spoke to one another it was in this obnoxious banter that I felt was contrived Most of us have a friend or two were we riff off one another but then we can stopit isn t endlessly ongoing It got really old.The ending was pure torture After all of the jerking around of the reader and the manipulating of our emotions not to mention the offing of a main character the ending blows Really Did we just go on that nausea inducing roller coaster ride for this As I stared in disbelief at the last few pages what did Becky do She giggled and guffawed and chortled and chuckled How funny that after 11 years for them and a grueling 350 pages for me we find ourselves here Lame.I know I am in the minority here and that lots of people who I respect liked this book but I didn t Truth be told I despised it I liked the premise but was disappointed with the product Can men and women be friendsperhapsjust not soul mates if they are married to other people But that s just my opinion So here s where the rubber meets the road Good bye Shannon Hale.My rating Too cheesy too contrived and too Happy Valley for me I hated it SECOND READ March 26, 2010Listened to the audio book edition.The reader isn t the best, but dang it all if I forgot just how funny the banter is in this book It makes me forget that I don t care for the reader because I am so busy smirking and laughing out loud so often.I still love this book I tried to distract myself at the sad part by 1 knowing it was coming, 2 only half listening to the audio book, and 3 cleaning the bathrooms But dang that Shannon Hale for still making me cry desp SECOND READ March 26, 2010Listened to the audio book edition.The reader isn t the best, but dang it all if I forgot just how funny the banter is in this book It makes me forget that I don t care for the reader because I am so busy smirking and laughing out loud so often.I still love this book I tried to distract myself at the sad part by 1 knowing it was coming, 2 only half listening to the audio book, and 3 cleaning the bathrooms But dang that Shannon Hale for still making me cry despite it all Seriously, I was washing the mirror when a tear rolled down my cheek But I still did quite a bit of laughing out loud and even smiling smirking like a geek while listening to the book while grocery shopping FIRST READ March 4, 2009I smiled I smirked I giggled I laughed I laughed someI mulled the problem in my head I laughed A LOTI thought about it someThen I laughed so stinkin hard that I had to put the book down 3 separate times before being able to continue reading I thought someI laughed hard again and had to put the book down a second time to calm down my out loud uncontrolled laughter Then I got teary Literally Followed by some smiles More tears More giggles More thinking Then some big alligator tears A smile A smirk Somegiggles Somelaughter Some cursing at the characters for being stupid Some relief when they seemed to be headed back in the right direction again Somelaughing Well actually, a lotlaughing And then the perfect ending for this story