I'll be the first to admit that I read a disproportionate amount of YA and New Adult books -- mostly because books are my escape from real life and why would I want to read about the same problems that I have on a daily basis? But every now and then a book about those of us in the "not so new Adult" age range catches my eye and that is what happened with Geoducks Are For Lovers.
I had seen a few tweets about it while
It was like it was speaking directly to me.
Once I started reading Geoducks (which is pronounced Gooey-ducks -- who knew?!?!), I couldn't put it down. Her characters are so real and...normal. I mean, Maggie blogs in her pajamas -- guess what I'm doing RIGHT NOW! I could so relate to her - not because our lives have taken the same paths, but because her story is believable. And maybe because a little part of me is jealous of where and how she lives.
This is a story of second chances. Love and heart-flutters aren't limited to the YA crowd. Just because we are closer to 40 than 20 doesn't mean that our boys can't still be swoony. Because Gil...hello! It is also a story lauding the bonds of true friendship. Maggie and her group all live in different places and lead different lives -- but once they get together, none of that matters. All the pieces come together like a jigsaw puzzle...or a game of scrabble.
I stayed up until almost 1:00 AM reading this book because I couldn't go to bed without knowing how it ended. And while I had to take a nap the next day, I have no regrets. It was a super sweet, super real, super enjoyable read and I recommend it to everybody who likes reading about second chances and self-discovery.