(Disclaimer: Lani sent me this book as a prize for winning NaNo this year. No, this isn't factoring into the review, but it seems fair to mention. Thanks, Lani!)
I'm pleased to say that Lani was right that I'd like this one better than her last one. It's a cool, fun book.
Portia Fallon's been mysteriously dumped by her boyfriend and is currently mooning around with Cheetoes and a well-watched copy of Pride and Prejudice when her mother calls saying that she needs Portia to run the family bookstore for the summer because her back's in pain.
Portia doesn't have to be in town too long to figure out that her mother, Mags, just pulled that story outta her ass. Instead, it seems that her mother and her aunt Vera and her grandmother Bev have dragged her to town to... Fly. ("Fly," in this case, translates into "Have great short-term sex with a hot guy.") They've even found her a "Flyer," a hot British writer named Ian who's only in town for the summer. Though Portia doesn't exactly "Fly" with the fellow, who's too genteel to boink a girl who's been drinking, they do become good friends and partners in carpentry.
Portia's relatives are definitely interesting women. They're known as "The Miz Fallons" because none of them ever married- "men just don't seem to stick to Miz Fallons." The "Penis Teflon" effect is something that's haunting Portia, especially lately. And then things get strange...Mags is acting decidedly out of character, she finds out that her dad may be coming to visit, and Vera's suspiciously sniffly about her ex and vague about what's going on. And...well, there's got to be a reason for calling the book, "EX and the Single Girl," isn't there?
It's a good book, and has a great exploration of "Penis Teflon" and why things might work out the way they do with regards to me. Portia's finding out these things makes for a good spine to the book, and like Time Off For Good Behavior, it leaves you with something more to think about after finishing besides the good time you had reading it.
Four stars from me again.