August 23, 2012

One For the Money by Janet Evanovich:Review

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One For the Money is the very first of the 80 bajillion books in the Stephanie Plum series. I really needed to read something that required as little concentration as possible and this was the ticket. I already saw the movie so it made it that much easier.

Our heroine, Stephanie, has no job, no money, no car, and no love life. Things are worse for her as the rent is due soon. Through the family grapevine, she hears that her cousin Vinnie, owner of a bond agency, has a job opening for a receptionist. Stephanie figures this is better than nothing so she checks it out. Unfortunately, that job is taken but there is an opportunity for her to try her hand at bond recovery.

And the job is a doozy: bring in a cop on the run, who just happens to be the guy who took her virginity, Joe Morelli. Stephanie’s got a bit of an axe to grind, plus the big pay out will keep her afloat for awhile. Morelli isn’t going to come along quietly and Stephanie has no idea what’s she’s doing. Will she get her man?

So okay, this was fun. I had to suspend any disbelief I had about this lady who is afraid of guns chasing after criminals, but…you know. I enjoyed Stephanie’s inner monologue and the cast of wacky characters. Since this is the first in the series, there is a feeling that Evanovich is finding her sea legs and hopefully the series will get better.

One for the Money was published in 1994 and it is all kinds of dated. That was my biggest issue with it but since I don’t have a time machine, I guess I can live with it.

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14 comments :

  1. I read this in anticipation of the film and still haven't seen it! Yeah, the book is definitely dated and made me wish I'd read it years ago. But nothing I can do about that! It was a pretty fun read but I doubt I'll continue the series as I heard all the books start to resemble one another after awhile. What about you? Going to keep reading? Also, should I finally watch the movie or is it not that great?

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    1. I'll read a few more at least. The movie was rentable. I wouldn't have liked paying to see it at the show.

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  2. I enjoyed this series for a while, but you definitely do have to suspend disbelief when you read it.

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  3. My mom loves this series but I have never read it. I did see the first movie though and it was cute enough. ;)

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  4. I love this series and thought it got better with time. As Evanovich introduces new characters, there are some you just can't get enough of, like Grandma Mazur and Lula. I do agree that all of the books start to resemble one another after a while, but I still love them and still look forward to reading them all. I have definitely laughed out loud several times during the series and it's my feel good series to turn to.

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    1. I definitely need something to make me laugh.

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  5. I read this but never felt a compulsion to read on... It was okay.

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  6. Scared of guns but chasing criminals, oh my! I like the plot and background setup, it sounds pretty funny, and certainly the sort of book to get you back into reading :)

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  7. I enjoyed the first books in this series in particular as they were crying-laughing good to me! After a few books though they began to lose their shine.

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  8. I found this to be a fun read that had me cracking up whenever Grandma Mazur was around :) I think I'm on book 4 or so and they are still fun reads when you are looking for something lighter. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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  9. stop bullying quotes

    I agree with everything you said. :) I think the longer you blog, the more you see ARCs as a distraction from what you really want to read. There has been an anti-ARC movement of late. I'm not totally against ARCs but I want to read that i think and they aren't always new books.

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