Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Actor and The Housewife

What if you actually met the star of your fantasies? Would you have anything to say? Would you become fast friends, much to the chagrin of your family and friends? This is the scenario Shannon Hale explores in this novel. I found it to be a delightful read, based on both the premise and the real life issues she covers. I laughed and cried, and I was touched. This book covers the life of a woman throughout several years, and touches on deeper topics than just the friendship with her once fantasy man. A respect for marriage and family, the struggle between being a mother and having a career, and how to maintain a male/female friendship over a long period are some of the underlying themes in this book.

The author is LDS and the book is written about an LDS housewife. Even with that in mind, I think this book would be appealing to a much broader audience than just the LDS community. It isn't about religion except as it plays out in this specific woman's life. This book simply attempts to answer the question--what if you met the star you daydream about?

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