Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck (Southern Eclectic, #0.5) by Molly Harper


Molly Harper brings her signature “clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists” (Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series.

Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can—with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought.

Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends—without a real shot at a future or achieving her own dreams—Marianne panicked and bolted to college after stomping Carl’s heart into the high grass. But when she returns to Lake Sackett for the summer with her family after years away, she and Carl are drawn together like moths to a flame. As they rekindle their old romance and remember what it was like to be in love, they have to wonder: is this, finally, their real chance at happiness?


3 Hitch a Ride Stars

 Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is a novella and is a standalone. I would suggest reading the first book in the series first or plan to read it right after this one, only because you get more insight of the characters. Since this is a novella, I didn’t get a lot of character development and a lot of secondary characters were thrown at my face. It’s a little hard to follow, but there is a family tree at the beginning of book and if you use it, it will help you better.

I’m starting to like novellas because I feel like you get a little treat without committing to a full length book. The premise of the book is super cute. Carl and Marianne are high school sweethearts, but Marianne leaves Carl broken hearted as she leaves the small town for school.

I love a good second chance novel and I was itching for some angst, tension and fights. Molly Harper writes charming, wholesome books. I usually read more New Adult, but I have nothing against slow burn novels, I think I would have preferred a little more interaction between the two main characters.

I found myself wanting more Carl and Marianne, instead of Marianne’s interactions with everyone in the town. I liked Carl’s dismissive personality and his carefree attitude. I liked Marianne’s confusion towards Carl and I craved more of it.

Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck is kind of like a prequel to what’s to come because EVERYONE is introduced into this book (or it seems like it). I felt like the introductions of characters was slightly more important than the two main character’s story. Regardless, I love a good small town read.

An ARC was provided


My mother remembers an 8-year-old me setting up my “writing office” in our living room by putting her old manual typewriter on the couch next to a toy phone. And I (very slowly) pecked out the story of my third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city.


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