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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer

Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary)
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Publisher: Self

"My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn't bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be."

When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped. 

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes to live with her upstairs neighbor, Ellen, a playwright, Pru goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam. 

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer was just plain fun from the start. Pru is one of a kind. She has her issues, but she's moved off on her own to try to overcome them. That's a super brave thing to do. I didn't like her parents. It seemed like they like her with her problems, and were in denial that she was getting herself healthy. They liked her dependent on them. I think she was healthier than she thought all along, and I blame a lot of that on her parents too. This was a cute and funny story. It showed how people can band together and become a community in times of need. I like to think we can do that in real life too. Adam has hang ups too. I could relate to aspects of both of their issues, so it was fun reading it in a story like this. Read an Excerpt!

Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Anne Pfeffer worked in finance and was a children's rights attorney before she decided to follow her respective dreams of writing books and working in her pajamas. Since then, she has self-published the novels Any Other Night, The Wedding Cake Girl, and Girls Love Travis Walker, which was named one of's Best Indie Books of 2013.

Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco.

To learn more about Anne Pfeffer and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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