Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway
Publisher: Galbadia Press
Publishing Date: 16th July 2019
Series: Smart Companions #1
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 306
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
A smart romantic comedy about mothers and daughters, and the hilarious consequences of a white lie.
Crystal has trouble saying no to her lonely, single mother. For 25 years, it wasn’t a problem. But when one small mistake leaves Crystal jilted, homeless and unemployed, she has to move back in with the one person who caused it all: her mother.
Soon Crystal is sucked into her mother’s vortex, partying with boomers and hawking misshapen marshmallows. Desperate for some independence, she hatches a foolproof plan: get an experimental android to play her mom’s “perfect” boyfriend. It’s only a matter of time before her mom finds out, and Crystal will never live down the hilarious and disastrous consequences.
Written in an addicting, fast-paced format, Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is a humorous yet deeply honest portrayal about the complicated friendship between mothers and daughters. Because sometimes the people we least want to rely on are those who can help us the most.
After her mother hijacks Crystal and her partner’s holidays to Hawaii, he decides he needs to take a break. Then Crystal looses her job and, as a result, her home as well, so she decides to move with her mother and focus on finishing her Rapunzel based novel. Is this going to work out? As her mother needs a lot of attention and is very interested in her daughter’s life, Crystal decides Margot simply needs a distraction – she signs her mother up as a test person for a “Smart Companion” robot trial. Can you fall in love with a robot?
This book is told fully through messages, emails, letters and journal entries so don’t expect the characters to be deeply fleshed out, and as much as the idea of telling this story this way was really good and different, and made the book a quick read, I think I missed depth in it. Sure, under the surface of fun and light – heartedness it deals with oh so complicated and complex issue of mother – daughter relationship but it never digs deeply into it. Crystal seems to be trying to set some limits but it doesn’t work, and I think that 4 – hours phone calls daily would also set me on a lonely journey, just like David did.
Actually, after finishing this book, I felt confused, and wasn’t sure what to think. It was a different read, that’s for sure. I think I’d like the android – boyfriend to appear earlier on the pages, as it happen somewhere in the middle of the story, but even when he entered the scenes, well, nothing significant has happened. The book had some funny moments but overall, I found it a little too flat and underdeveloped in all aspects. The main characters, Crystal and Margot, grew and mature in this story, though I’m not sure if they really managed to solve their problematic relationship. But they were trying hard to give each other so much needed space in those difficult times. Altogether, it was a light, quick and entertaining read.