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Boo Who Paperback – Sep 21 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
In this charming stand-alone sequel to Boo, Gutteridge pens a delightful suspend-disbelief-and-enjoy-it romp featuring the quirky characters from Skary, Ind. After bestselling writer and Skary resident Wolfe "Boo" Boone finds God and gives up writing thrillers, the horror theme that the town employed to attract tourists goes bust. Busybody Missy Peeple brainstorms ways to rebrand the town, while Wolfe experiments with selling cars, then recommends romance novels as a clerk at the town bookstore. Wolfe's fiancée, the Martha Stewartesque Ainsley Parker, is distracted from wedding plans by Wolfe's former editor, who plots to make her the Next Big Thing in homemaking stardom. Newcomer and presumed psychologist Dr. Jack Hass—yes, you read that right—is ready to provide counseling for everything from losing weight to pepping up the sheriff's depressed tomcat. Meanwhile, howling, ghostly figures walk the streets of Skary, the vet neuters a rampaging cat at gunpoint, and the mayor loses his mind and believes he's in the Caribbean. There's the infrequent bad line ("Like a hungry seagull, his mind dove into dark waters, fishing for reason"). But what makes this completely improbable plot, complete with an old map marked with an "X," so enjoyable are Gutteridge's offbeat characterizations and her sense of mischievous delight in the story. This engaging faith fiction will delight fans of Boo and capture some new readers.
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“Two weddings that might or might not take place, a gown four sizes too small, plans for one of the brides-to-be to become the new Martha Stewart, a town on the verge of bankruptcy–and just what's up with those owls? Rene Gutteridge has done it again! Just as she did in Boo, Rene takes the quirky, yet quite likeable, characters of Skary, Indiana, adds some even quirkier plot twists, tosses in some pop culture references, and mixes it all together for a fun read. Boo Who is definitely a good thing.”
–Nancy Kennedy, author of Move Over, Victoria–I Know the Real Secret and When He Doesn’t Believe
What a funny, happy, redemptive book. It was a joy to immerse myself in the town of Skary, Indiana, with its quirky, lovable, but very real people. I hope to make many more visits to Skary!
–Linda Hall, author of Steal Away and Chat Room
“Boo Who was a one-sitting read that kept me riveted with its stunning characterization. Rene Gutteridge’s tightly-written novel wrapped humor, mystery and romance into a sumptuous feast I couldn’t put down.”
–Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants and She’s Out of Control
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She writes a great story and liberally sprinkles it with funny moments and charming characters. This is a warm Fall read.
Grab a mug of warm cider, put enough logs on the fire and dive in to the world and zaniness of Skary, Indiana. You will want to come back and visit often. Enjoy!
Once again, Gutteridge throws us into a quaint and strange little place, full of quaint and strange little people. Ainsley Parker and Wolfe Boone are looking forward to their upcoming nuptials; a mysterious doctor has arrived in town; owls and cats and clone-like figures are prowling the darkness; and overweight Melb is trying to prepare herself for life with Oliver. The characters are memorable, sympathetic, and humorous. It's as though the Munsters moved into Mayberry. At times, the story will have you laughing; other times, it'll glue you to your seat.
The true triumph of "Boo Who" is that it doesn't feel like a forced sequel, produced for sales quotes. It has an engaging plot that leads naturally from the first book, while still standing on its own two legs. It deals with the identity crises of a town and it's inhabitants. And it leaves room for another in the series--with a rumored title of "Boo Hiss."
I'll be adding it to my wish list.
The story opens and it's not long before everyone is in turmoil--- Thief the cat, the sheriff, the mayor, the townspeople, even Skary itself. Until recently, the town had prided itself on being home to the world's most popular horror writer, Wolfe "Boo" Boone, and therefore, the spookiest town around. Everyone got into the act with attractions including the Haunted Mansion restaurant and Sbooky's bookstore. Even the local "wildlife" --- the small town's population of cats outnumbers people --- fed into the theme.
But a few weeks ago Wolfe Boone had a transformation. He almost died, became a Christian, and hung up his horror-writing cap. In fact, he stopped writing completely and is, instead, trying to sell cars down at Oliver Stepaphanolopolis's car lot. Now the town and its people don't know quite what to do with themselves.
Without the tourism revenue Boone's fans brought into the community, Skary is on the verge of civic collapse. The stress has caused Mayor Wullisworth to break with reality. He's running around town in Bermuda shorts and sunglasses in the winter, insisting it's balmy outside.
Missy Peoples, Skary's oldest and most despised resident, decides to take matters into her own hands. She determines that their cat population is the town's new meal ticket and buys ads in major newspapers advertising Skary as a cat lover's paradise. No one seems excited about this idea, much to her chagrin.
Melb Cornforth is getting ready for her upcoming wedding to Oliver Stepaphanolopolis. But she has to lose four dress sizes to fit into her wedding gown. Things aren't looking good when she goes back for thirds at Ainsely Parker's Christmas dinner.
Of course, no one would blame Melb for eating three helpings of Ainsley's food. The local domestic diva, daughter of the Sheriff and fiancée to Wolfe Boone, is on track to become the next Martha Stewart thanks to the cajoling of Wolfe's former editor. But a meltdown is waiting in the wings as she tries to plan her own wedding and take up Martha's mantle.
Add to all of this some strange "ghost people" who started appearing around town, a phony psychologist who has more patients than he can handle, a pastor who has started charging for bulletins and coffee on Sunday mornings, and an owl that keeps asking the all-important question, "Who, Whooo," and you have a community for which the word "quirky" was invented.
And maybe, that's just the way it's supposed to be. Because when Martin Blarty, yet another character in this community's cast, goes in search of something that will save Skary, what he finds reminds everyone who they are and why Skary exists in the first place.
BOO WHO is technically a sequel to BOO, but it stands alone quite well. Just put the plausibility meter away and settle in some small-town mystery, hijinks, and humor.
--- Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel
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