Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite
Rating: 3 of 5 stats
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.
Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.
When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.
Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?
Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.
My thoughts: Often the best things in life are those that we take for granted. Will and Greta are best friends. They have a bond that has not been broken since elementary school. There is a problem, Greta is not attracted to Will because of his physical appearance, he is not thin. She gets upset when others say she should not hang around him because he is not husband material. She doesn't realize her own prejudice. She thinks she is looking for the perfect man. One who is good looking, and well, not fat.
I really appreciated the underlying message in the book, there is more to a person than their physical appearance. We are inundated with the message that you have to look a certain way to have value. If you want love, you need to be thin and fit into the mold that others have created. It takes a while for Greta to realize that beauty is more than skin deep.
Will uses his cousin to relay his feelings for Greta, of course she doesn't realize who it is coming from. It is a modern spin on Cyrano de Bergerac . (Remember the guy with the big nose?) Will gives Greta a present for her birthday. He introduces her to his good looking cousin, Mac, who becomes the voice to Will's feelings.
Words are an important part of the story. Greta is a librarian and Will is an English teacher. Words convey emotion, they can give a glimpse of the soul. That is the important part of a person, the soul. Like I stated above, I can really get behind the message of the book. The journey to get there is sometimes difficult.
This is a clean book with kissing. Becca Wilhite is an author whose books I have always enjoyed. You should "Check" this one out and see what you think!
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