"My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn't bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be."
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?
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Anne Pfeffer
Five Stars: A funny, five star indie gem that you need read.
Pru savors the sweetness of ice cream followed by the salty crunch of potato chips as she lounges on her couch watching her favorite tv show. Normally, the combination of sweet and salty plus the antics of Pepper Hathaway solving her latest crime, would put Pru in a great mood, but her good luck charms aren't working tonight. Pru received another job rejection letter. After two months of living on her own in California, Pru's job prospects are slim and her savings is dwindling. If something doesn't change quickly, Pru will be forced to return home to Oregon to live with her parents. The last thing Pru wants is to go home. Suddenly, the fire alarm shrills. At first, Pru ignores it, but it turns out to be the real deal. Pru's apartment is destroyed, but luckily, a kind neighbor, Ellen takes her in. Now Pru has some big decisions to make. Will she sink or float?
What I Liked:
- Just Pru was a fantastic, fun, quick pick me up read that I was able to read in an afternoon. This is a perfect book for anyone who wants a laugh, and for those who can relate to being awkward and out of place. Pru is a quirky, neurotic heroine who will make you laugh and cheer. I had so a great time with this read, I urge you to give it a try.
- I love when I run across an indie gem, and Just Pru was one of those finds. It is properly edited and polished, and it is an excellent story. For all of you who want something funny, original and indie, this is the read for you.
- Pru is the heart and soul of this book. When I first met her, she was down and out, drowning in food and misery. Then the fire changes everything for her. With her world turned upside down, Pru could have taken the easy way out and gone home with her tail tucked between her legs, but she decides to fight. Nothing comes easy for Pru as she was raised by two completely neurotic and controlling parents. Thus, Pru is prone to anxiety, she is depressed and she is completely socially inept. Everything Pru has learned about life comes from tv. Thankfully, after the fire, she meets Ellen and Adam, two people who accept her with all of her quirks and flaws and help her find her way. I loved watching Pru take tentative baby steps. It takes time, but she gets there. I was amazed at her transformation and I couldn't help but cheer for her every step of the way. What makes her shine is her inner dialogue and unintended humor. She says and does some funny things mostly because her ideas of the world are taken from her favorite tv shows. She truly made me laugh. I loved her heart, and I loved her curves. I liked that she was a size fourteen, and that she learned to be comfortable with her body. I think you need to meet Pru for yourself. She will snag your heart.
- The cast of secondary characters is just as endearing as Pru. Ellen the kindly neighbor who rescues Pru after the fire, immediately gets that Pru has issues. Never once does she press Pru or force her to do things outside her comfort zone. She remains incredibly patient and generous. Then there is Adam, the OCD neighbor. Adam is a germaphobe and he has is own sets of quirks and insecurities. He comes armed with hand sanitizers, gloves, cleaning products and lint rollers. Putting Adam and Pru together is hilarious, but charming as well. Add in Blake, the bad boy actor, who tries to bury his past and emotions with his swagger and smile. I loved getting underneath his skin and seeing the vulnerable boy underneath. I thought all of the characters were well developed, flawed and realistic.
- The romance was adorable and sweet. It is a different kind of romance that starts out as a friendship, and it requires lots of patience, time and trust. It is also a bit odd, funny, and all kinds of cute. There was one big stumble, and I wasn't a fan of how one of the parties reacted to a bad situation, but luckily they more than made up for it later. I loved the romance in this one.
- This book is all about a socially awkward, anxious and a bit neurotic, young woman who manages to break out of her shell, and with the help of a couple of new friends, find her way and make a life for herself. I loved the transformation and journey of Pru. This was a terrific, cute and wonderful read, that I hope you all will try. I picked it up and read it in one sitting because it was that good.
And The Not So Much:
- I am all about the back story when I read a book, especially one with such an interesting character as Pru. I wanted to know so much more about her upbringing and her home life with her parents. I especially wanted a better understanding of how and why she decided to take such a big risk when she broke free. I wish that the author had given us more detail on Pru's history.
- Pru's dead therapist was a big important part of the reason why Pru manages to achieve her transformation. This is another part of the story that I wanted more information. I would love to have more of the history between Pru and her therapist, especially considering her statements at the end of the book regarding her therapist.
- Pru's parents are the villains in the story. They seemed to be the root cause of all of Pru's neurotic behavior. I was curious to know more about them, their relationship with Pru and why they behaved the way the did.
Just Pru was a terrific indie find. I loved this whacky, unusual story about a socially awkward girl who finally manages to break out of her shell and find her way. This is a book that will make you laugh and cheer. It has fantastic, realistic and quirky characters and an adorable romance. If you are looking for a polished, fun, feel good indie gem, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Just Pru and setting aside an afternoon.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.