09 August, 2013

Chaperones by Megan Karasch Review!!!

About the Book
For Andrea Lieberman, life began at 26. Growing up with parents so protective they made a convent seem like a Sandal’s resort, she developed a catalog of phobias so large, even going into a church seemed risky business. Finally, Andrea had had enough; she wanted to live rather than fear dying. Without hesitation, she accepts a photography assignment for a magazine traveling through England and packs up her camera, her pepper spray and every insecurity she accumulated since birth. Excited but petrified to reveal the news to her boyfriend, he intercepts with news of his own – a marriage proposal, leaving the lingering question of their impending nuptials as she travels abroad. 

Upon touching down in England, Andrea flops around like a fish out of water. The magazine’s staff – the idiot, the slut, and the mute – offer little comfort outside of a pint of beer until she’s assigned two blokes as travel companions – a tight-arsed copywriter and a drop-dead gorgeous art director with movie star charm. These two men help Andrea push herself beyond her comfort zone while testing the limits of her fortitude and her relationship with her boyfriend. The photographic journey becomes a comedy of errors thanks to unforeseen obstacles at every turn. As Andrea struggles to complete the assignment, she discovers the most revealing picture she develops will be of herself.

About the Author
Megan Karasch was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After college, she worked in a creative capacity assisting with the production of stories for a nationally televised entertainment news program. Following her television stint, she went to law school in Southern California where she earned her J.D. For almost two years, commencing in 2007, while the analytical side of her brain was hard at work in the law, she exercised the creative side writing for a popular Los Angeles lifestyle online magazine, writing music reviews and special interest pieces. 

Currently, both halves of her brain remain active while she continues to practice law and has begun what she hopes is a prosperous and rewarding life using the written word to enlighten and enliven. Megan lives in Southern California with her cat, Squeaker, and spends her time reading, socializing with her friends and family and playing drums for a local indie rock band.

My Thoughts..*Contains Spoilers
Chaperones is a book full of laughs and quirky characters. Andrea Lieberman is off to England to work at a magazine as a photographer. Her assignment is to photograph the castles and cathedrals of England. She wants to do this alone so she can 'find' herself. Her parents are loving but a bit controlling as is her boyfriend. Not a bad controlling but enough to be annoying, they do love her though and just want to keep her safe.
She thinks she will be doing her assignment by herself  but she will have two male companions. One is gay and the other is a hunk. So along with her chaperones, she sets off to photograph England. Unbeknownst to her, her boyfriend has hired the gay man to watch over Andrea because he feels she will be safe with a gay man. There is a surprise in store for the three of them though.

As the three of them head off, the men are in for a treat as all of Andrea's fears surface which at times prevent her from doing her job. She has to conquer those fears which turns the story into a madcap adventure for all three. Her parents on the other hand still have fears and I thought that the funniest part of the story was when they decide to go to England to check to see that she is ok. I could just picture them in my head as these two middle aged people, hide so their daughter does not know they are following her around. 
This is an easy to read book that will have the reader laughing and turning the pages. I really enjoyed this book, it is good to read a book that you don't have to think too much about, just enjoy the story. 

I received the book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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