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3.0 out of 5 starsNot her best book in my opinion
Reviewed in Canada on December 4, 2016
Not her best book in my opinion. I just can't get into it and lose interest after the first few chapters.
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With a title as funny, direct and entertaining, as this, how could a Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit reader resist? The best part, the entertaining title, perfectly represents the novel. When we are first introduced to Quinn Barton she is in a wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle. Ten years later, Quinn is a professional success, designing one of a kind dresses and owning her own shop Talk of the Gown, but she has been in a romantic rut since leaving her fiancé Burke Morrison at the altar. She has never been able to get over Burke’s infidelity, and she has never been able to understand why his brother Frank waited until the morning of her wedding to bring her into the loop. When Dottie, the Morrison’s Grandmother asks Quinn to design her a wedding dress, all sorts of shenanigans begins to ensue.
Faced with running into the Morrison brothers for the first time in ten years, Quinn’s friend Glenn takes it upon himself assign Quinn daily tasks like underwear free day and speed dating day, in hopes of getting her out of her romantic rut, and over the Morrison brothers. While Glenn is trying to get Quinn over Burke and Frank, Dottie does her best to push Quinn and her grandson together – which grandson Dottie’s pushing for, Quinn can’t be sure.
Filled with Harbison’s signature humour and calamity, Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger does not disappoint. Glenn is the shinning star of the novel. He is by far the funniest character, and not just because of the funny and sometimes outrageous tasks that he assigns Quinn. Through his character the flashback aspects that Harbison frequently utilizes is really organic. I also loved that until very close to the end, you can’t really be sure who Quinn will end up with, because of how human and flawed Harbison makes every character.
One thing that bugged me was the sudden appearance of a few characters. Quinn’s mom for instance is around for a few pages near the end of the novel, but is barely referenced anywhere else. I would have liked more of a flushing out of people from her life versus primarily focusing on people from the Morrison’s life. The second little complaint I have (which for the most part is a compliment) is how quickly everything wraps up. I always feel like it is the mark of a good book when you want to know what happens next to the characters. While I feel that way about this book – without giving anything away - in this case I really felt like there was more that could have been told to make the ending more satisfying. The last chapter felt overly rushed.
Overall, this novel is everything Harbison readers have come to love. Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong finger is as exactly what you want it to be: funny, romantic, light with just enough seriousness to not be fluffy, and pure entertainment. If you’ve never read a Harbison novel, after this introduction, I have no doubt you’ll become just as addicted I have. Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong is the perfect summer read.
** I received a copy of this novel from the publisher to read and honestly review. I was in no way compensated.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2014
This book almost drove me NUTS! In the 21st Century, we applaud the independent woman and urge our daughters to take control, be decisive and not to settle for what you do not want but go for what you DO want. Quinn, the heroine of this book waffled for ten years from the time she ran out on her wedding: she felt that she was wrong one day and that she was more than right on the next day, always dreaming of life with the groom she had left waiting at the altar! She is a wonderfully bright and energetic young woman who is kind and compassionate to everyone, but is her own worst enemy. Now, let me hasten to say that her waffling makes for GREAT reading. You will enjoy the issues that come into her mind and the way she is affected by everyday situations as she succeeds as an entrepreneur. The men who parade through her life are AMAZING! Her reactions her more than entertaining. There is NO way that the reader can avoid "choosing sides" and "rooting" for one or the other of the men. You will be moved at her devotion to an elderly woman planning a marriage and how Quinn is affected. But, the ending will absolutely blow you away! You must read this book. The author has done an amazing job.
Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison 5★♥
I preordered this book because the title and the premise sounded fun. I enjoyed reading this and think that it's one I'd reread again. The storyline of Quinn finding out from the best man/ brother that her fiancé (Burke Morrison) had cheated on her. And it's still unclear if she had a short affair with Frank (Burke's brother) for revenge or a drunken decision. Fast forward 10 years, in which Quinn has to confront her pent up emotion about Burke's lies. I liked how there was some flashbacks. It helped me better understand what Burke and Frank meant to Quinn and why she was still holding onto past love and dreams. I really got into this story. Just felt there was a little bit too much wording and not enough dialogue because a couple of times I'd forget that Quinn was having a conversation with others.
The character development was strong. I could relate to Quinn Barton's habit of wanting life to stay as they are. And I liked her good friend, Glenn Ryland and that he wasn't made to be a stereotypical gay man. And their friendship felt genuine. I think Burke was just ok. He wasn't not likeable but I just didn't care for about him. I really liked Frank though. I was cheering for him throughout.
I also was thinking how this was a bit like the Sabrina movie. And ironically Audrey Hepburn was mentioned many times (along with some other actors).
This novel sounded like a great fun read but I was so disappointed that I had to really push myself to keep reading.
The premise is shaky. If she loved her fiancé (they'd been together for a number of years since early high school), why would she take his brother's word that he had been unfaithful (with no evidence) right before the wedding and call it all off? Wouldn't she at least talk to her finance (who, by the way, is waiting at the altar at that moment)?
The book is basically pretty boring. None of the characters were very likeable or all that interesting.
I frankly found it unappealing that (TWICE) her friend who owned the cheese store talked about how his love life was so boring that he got the most pleasure from his HAND. Really? How was this necessary for the story?
Now, the title is funny and clever. Too bad it wasn't on a better book.
The ending of the story was a little underwhelming although not a disappointment. It is a quick read, good for someone who enjoys reading but does not have the time to invest in a more complicated story line.