The Actor and the Housewife
(publishing information and blurb taken from Barnes and Noble website)
Pub. Date: June 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: Hardcover, 352pp
Sales Rank: 262,889
From New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes an utterly satisfying novel that asks the question: Can a seemingly normal, happily married Mormon mother of four be best friends with Hollywood's hottest (happily married) heartthrob?
My wife, Isabeau asks me to read and review Shannon Hale's The Actor and The Housewife. I have to be honest when I say that this book is a total chick book. Like a "chick flick" you will laugh and cry with the main character Becky Jack.
Fearful of ruining the plot, I will not go into detail about this book. Know this, I choked up a bit. While the story is unrealistic, there are parts that are honestly my worst nightmare; but the subject is handled with such finesse and tenderness that you empathize with Becky Jack on an emotional and somewhat spiritual level. (And if you are like my wife you will react physically with the outburst of giggles and uncontrolled crying)
Shannon Hale's The Actor and the Housewife left me wanting to hear more of Becky Jack's story. I even googled Hale's website to find out if there would be a sequel!
Hale's ability to move me to (near) tears and laugh out loud can be described as an I love Lucy meets Nicholas Sparks novel.
Would I buy this book: Yes!
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I let my teen read it? If they wanted to I would have no qualms about it.