Sunday, May 3, 2015

Just Pru

ISBN: 1503113663
Pages: 232
Source: Author

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes to live with her upstairs neighbor, Ellen, a playwright, Pru goes for it.
Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam. 
Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

Hello everyone! Today I'm FINALLY bringing my review for Just Pru to you guys. Super sorry to the author for posting after the end of April, my life is a literal mess right now I can't even think straight. As far as excuses go, that was pretty sucky but I should have known better myself before signing up knowing that APs would have literally taken over my life. Anyway, excuses aside, it's high time we get into this review:

Pru Anderson is social introvert extraordinaire. Dealing with people is just not her thing so when her apartment burns down and she's left with nothing but her pajamas and her cat Chuck, she's in serious trouble. Luckily, neighbor Ellen breezes into Pru's life and becomes a serious source of encouragement as Pru learns to navigate her new life. Pru knows exactly who she wants to be like - Pepper Hathaway, her favorite TV shows heroine who is confident, beautiful, and everything she's not. With Ellen's help, Pru slowly comes out of her shell and learns to help direct a play, become a muse, and possibly fall in love. However, at the end of the day, she has to decide who she really is and if being Pepper is the same as being Pru.

This is book is adorable on so many levels and the characters definitely play a huge factor in that. Pru is not your typical heroine, she suffers from anxiety and depression, and has the social life of a mouse. It was so easy to love her because from the very beginning, her personality grabbed me and as I watched her grow throughout the story, I couldn't help but be so happy and proud for her. She's lived a pretty sheltered life with her parents and after branching out and living by herself in LA for three months, she feels like she's accomplished something until her apartment burns down. As depressing as that is, it turns out to be one of the best things that ever happens to her because it's through that that she meets Ellen and Adam. Adam is all sorts of neurotic but that just makes him perfect for Pru. They're both quirky and awkward in their own ways and their encounters didn't make me cringe like I expected. Instead I found myself laughing at their adorable and (to them) embarrassing encounters.

There isn't much about this book that didn't make me want to jump up and down. It just follows Pru as she grows into herself and learns to love herself for who she is with all the bad things. She learns that Pru Anderson is not Pepper Hathaway and will never be and that is okay. In the end being "just Pru" is enough and seeing her come to that realization was both heartwarming and enjoyable. The author definitely knows how to present a beautiful story about maturity and self-love with really memorable characters that make you want to smile all the time.

4 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I'm so glad you connected with this book as well!