01 May 2015

Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer

Just Pru
by Anne Pfeffer.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 2nd 2015.
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 up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl 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 journey. 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?

What Reviewers are saying:
“There are so many ways I loved this book… Just Pru is a must read.” Deluged with Books

“I laughed so hard…. I think every twenty-something girl should read this.” Book Groupies

“From the very first page, Just Pru ….completely pulled me in…. I know I’ll be thinking of it for a long, long time.” Maureen’s Book Notes

"You need to read this. Your girlfriends need to read this. Your book club needs to read this. Just read it!” Brooke Blogs

“I fell in love with this gem of a contemporary novel.” Whimsical Nature

“…A wonderfully told and humorous coming of age story with characters you can’t help but fall in love with.” Gin’s Book Notes

Reviewed by Kelly.

Just Pru is a quirky, funny, and all around cute book! Pru has been raised by parents who are crazy and so so protective and who have fostered Pru into being anxious and feeling like she is fragile and could never be independent or strong on her own. They remind me of my in-laws. Just sayin…I really thought Pru an odd duck, just a little weird until I got to know her parents. Then I understood! Poor Pru!

My choices were to either stay with Ellen, or scurry home to Mom and Dad. Think fast, folks. What would you rather have: chocolate cake or fish oil? A hot date or a root canal? It didn't call for a lot of soul searching.

Anyway, Pru has had a psychiatrist that she had seen for years who had died and now she would find herself in situations where she would think in her mind what he would say. She would work on those things because she has recently moved out of home and moved to LA to become independent. She has to call her parents daily or they would think the worst.

Dr Abbot told me once, "If an angry dog attacks you, you'll feel fear, which is healthy and normal. But if you are lying safe in bed terrified of drowning on an ocean cruise, that's quite a different thing. That, Pru, is called anxiety."

When her apartment building had a fire that originated near her apartment, she finds herself not knowing what to do. She has no job and is running out of money. and won’t be able to stay in her apartment. She doesn’t even know her neighbors. She only has her cat, pajamas and her journal. So when two of her neighbors offer their home to many of the tenants including her, Pru is relieved and nervous. She doesn’t know how to handle it. She needs her meds to help her but they were in the apartment and are now gone. Adam, one of the tenants, takes the same meds and offers her some. Now Pru has new friends and she is working hard on overcoming some of the phobias she has while in the care of Ellen, who took her into her apartment. Ellen is a natural hostess. So when Ellen needs help getting to work, Pru lets her drive her car to work in exchange for letting her stay at Ellen’s for a week. A week becomes longer when Ellen breaks her leg and Pru needs to drive her to work. There Pru finds she is good at helping out Ellen at work. Ellen is a writer and director of a play. The main actor, Blake, finds a muse in Pru. Now Pru feels like she has a purpose.

While Blake is taking with Pru, Pru is taken with Adam. Adam who has OCD and is a germaphobe. They have a connection. They both have issues. The combination of the two is funny and sweet.

Then when Pru forgets to call home one day, her parents decide to come and bring her home because she obviously can’t take care of herself. This story is of Pru becoming independent and learning how to overcome her own anxieties.

The humor in this book had me laughing often. I love how each chapter starts with a piece of Pru’s journal at the beginning. There is romance, craziness, a deranged cat, actors who think they are all that, lots of hand washing, driving 20mph on the highway, inner monologues, and many firsts for Pru as she comes into her own and breaks from her parents whom she calls by their first names.

Thanks to CBB Book Tours for showing it to me and offering me this book in exchange for an honest review. The review is totally 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 IndieReader.com'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. Learn about her latest projects at www.annepfeffer.com.

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