Laughing, crying, talking about men, boobs, and even puking in a purse! M.R. Joseph just gets it, and you can tell when you’re reading any of her books but especially 39& Holding! The characters feel like your best friends and by the end you’re laughing and crying right along with them.
I can say that out of the thousands of books I have read, 39&holding, is one of my absolute favorites. Between the tears I was shedding, and the laughter, it made me take a hard look at my own insecurities whether they’re body image, career, or age issues, and Just like Greer I was able to realize that in order to be happy in any relationship I need to love me before anyone else can. Through her writing, and through Greer and her hilarious group of friends Author M.R. Joseph was able to remind me that imperfect is beautiful! Laughing with your friends is amazing, and finding a love that will see your flaws and love you anyway, well that’s priceless!
Even if you’re not 39, divorced or a single parent, this book will have you laughing your butt off, crying your eyes out, and frantically turning the pages while yelling at the characters! Although it’s a fictional story with fictional characters you can’t help but get sucked into their lives and find yourself, loving each and every one of the characters, even Silicone Valley, lol.
Watching the impact of Greer and her now Ex-husband Ryan’s marriage fall apart and the resulting damage to not just them but everyone around them, kids, friends, and to each of them I found myself inspecting my own marriage. I took a good look at how we communicate, how we love each other, and how we fight.
Greer and Ryan got to a point of indifference, not Hate. The difference being, hate comes from a place of passion, where indifference is just a black hole, void of any kind of emotion. Not a good place to be in any relationship, but definitely not where you want to be if you want your marriage to work.
Dr. Nick Costa aka Dr. Doughnut is the sweetest fictional book boyfriend. He’s not without his own demons though. Nick is not one to be intimidated by the fact that Greer has kids, or that she is divorced. All he wants is a shot, a chance to prove to her that not all men are slime balls, and not all love is destined to fail!
"There's no such thing as perfect, Greer, but to me, inside my head and in my heart, you are perfection."
Like I said before I would know the truth by looking into his eyes- the windows into the part of him that I love the most.
His honesty. It's not a lie to get me to sleep with him. Been there, done that. Right? I'm the one who made the ﬁrst move, the sex move anyway. Anything after that, Nick was what should I call him... the instigator. A welcomed one.
Can it really happen twice? Love? Can it be even stronger, more resilient the second time around? Love can heal your broken heart. I'm starting to be the believer. I am the believer.
I turn my body to him and with my back pressed against the sink and I lean my hands behind me. My breasts exposed to him, my culpability- long gone, baby.
Here I stand in front of my second chance, the one I love, the one who knows i'm not perfect and he's okay with that. I'm not sure i'm all that okay with his idea of perfect, but I can work on it. I've been working on it. What have I been working on-myself. Because you do really have to love who you are inside and out. All the ﬂaws that make you who you are, are actually the ones that mold you into the person you wind up becoming. Like Dean Victoria says about numbers on a clock just being exactly that, so is getting older. You may not like the number but you can't control it either. One thing you can gain with age- balls. Big brass ones. I grew mine at thirty-nine.
My eyes travel from his narrowed hips, the way his pants dip below his hips, the trail of soft, dark hair that goes up the middle of his taut, tanned stomach. His pecks and rounded, strong shoulders lead to his face that in turn leads to the two things that had me squirming at ﬁrst sight. The honest and truthful eyes of the man I love.
Not once while reading this book did I feel like an outsider looking in. I felt like one of the girls, cheering Greer on, giving her a shoulder to cry on, or even wanting to be the one to give her a swift kick in the ass when she obviously needed it.
I can’t stress how much I fell in love with this book, or how badly I want for each and every one of you to go read it.
Bravo M.R. Joseph on yet another wonderful book! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!!