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Friday, September 16, 2011

Review: How to Love An American Man by Kristine Gasbarre

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks 
ISBN: 0061997390
Pages:304 pages
Genre: Memoir/Biography  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

An endearing and unforgettable memoir of love, self-discovery, and enduring, old-fashioned values

Kristine Gasbarre made a New York career of dating driven, inaccessible men. When she realizes her love life will never result in happiness if she continues on the same path, she makes a big decision—relocating to Italy to discover her roots and find out what defines her adoring grandpa. But upon receiving the news of his sudden passing, she is lured away.

With nowhere left to go, Krissy returns to her small hometown for the first time in a decade to help care for her grandmother—a refined, private matriarch suffering from early dementia along with the loss of her husband. In her reluctant agreement to share the nearly lost love stories and transformative lessons from her rich sixty-year marriage, Krissy’s grandma becomes the one offering comfort as she coaches her granddaughter through the fear of loving. Grandma’s unapologetic femininity and secret giving spirit opens Krissy’s eyes about relationships, teaching her the single most important requisite for loving a man: first a woman has to learn the power of her own inner beauty.

My Review: 

I have been firmly in the world of YA and romance for a couple of weeks. I love them both but needed a break. This was borderline perfect.

I identified so much with Kristine’s story. I  identified with Kristine’s inability to find a good man in the barren wasteland that is NY. I also really loved her relationship with her grandmother, Gloria. I grew up with a very strong grandmother and loved listening to her stories. That was perhaps my favorite part of the book—the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. Don’t get me wrong, Gloria isn’t a perfect person—she’s not all hugs and cups of tea. She’s real. She can be fractious and stubborn—and I liked that. I almost wish that the book had been more focused on Krissy’s relationship with her grandmother instead of her search for love. But, as I liked that part of the book as well, I really don’t.

I kinda fell in love with this book hard. I loved just about everything about it. The writing was engaging, I could identify with the majority of the story, and I genuinely liked both Krissy and her grandma. It’s also nice to read a book about the relationship between a grandmother and a granddaughter where it is not all sugarplums and cuddly kittens all the time. This was a real relationship where neither the grandmother nor the granddaughter was perfect.

I’ve already passed this book around to a number of family members and friends. Not my own copy, of course. They never give them back. I highly recommend this one.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

1 comment:

  1. For really loving this book, you wrote a great review! It's really hard for me to put in to words the reasons I love a book when I really love it. I have no idea why!

    Thanks for being on the tour. :)



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