Monkey Love Paperback – Feb 7 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Royce, director of publications at the Los Angeles Zoo, populates her first novel with as many critters as humans, including Grouch the Cat, Rocky the Boa and Tallulah the monkey-plus a freezer full of rats from FrozenRodent.com. Holly Heckerling is a New York City jill-of-all-trades whose freelance business, Holly's Hobbies, is fueled by her boundless energy and countless gratis mochas from her best friend, Starbucks barrista Carter. Keeping herself afloat until her comedy showcase hits big, Holly juggles typing duties, animal husbandry, tax preparation and hair styling while getting dumped by her neglected boyfriend and inadvertently alienating friends and family. Lucky for Holly, it's not all crisis management: when a compelling manuscript lands in her lap, she discovers its handsome, available author may be interested in more than her typing skills. Attitude and eccentric characters abound in this rollicking novel, and fans of quirky heroines making a go of it in the big, bad city won't be disappointed.
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She is the go to gal for her pals, which results in hilarious hijinks when she adds a monkey to the menagerie already holding court in her home, which means she can put all she learned in monkey school to practical use. Unfortunately, Holly can never say no to anyone, so she tends to get walked all over. When steady man Marcus dumps her in the middle of a catastrophe, she is surprised that she is not as devastated as she thinks she should be. And when sexy and soon to be single dad Tom enters her life, she has someone else to aid. And then there is the writer who has her transcribing for him. His words are poetry to her and oh so familiar.
Told in first person, this is one of the most hysterical and laugh-out-loud funny books I've read - second only to "Tales of a Drama Queen." The humor is dry and filled with so many wry observations that readers will find themselves chuckling out loud, which can be a little embarrassing on a commuter train! Pick it up and check it out - you won't be sorry!
Protagonist Holly Heckerling has a knack for picking up stray pets and wayward friends. With a degree in "monkey-ology" (don't make me look up the official name), Holly isn't quite living up to her education. She performs odd jobs such as hair cutting and typing, while trying to breakthrough as a stand-up comic.
If only Holly's friends and family would give her a bit of breathing room, she might have time to find herself, and a love that lasts longer than her "record" three months.
Throughout the reading, I found myself literally laughing out loud. Ultimately, you'll fall in love with Monkey Love.
I bought this book thinking of romance and ended up appreciating the many levels of the dysfunctional family, and having a distinct hankering to walk the streets of New York again. Oh, and I did fall in love, just not with the hero. Don't get me wrong, he's perfectly lovable, but I fell in love with the monkey. Long live Tallulah.