The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale

Becky Jack is just an ordinary 30-something year old Mormon housewife from Utah when the completely unexpected happens. She somehow manages to sell a screenplay and then chances to meet her Unattainable Crush of a movie star, Felix Callahan. They hit it off and soon become best friends. They even end up starring in a move together (screenplay written by Becky). But happily ever after does not immediately follow since life, after all, is not a movie. Becky’s husband battles cancer, there are kid troubles, extended family issues. And then there’s the pesky little question of whether or not it is possible for members of the opposite sex to be platonic best friends at all.

Beginning with the fantasy of meeting your famous crush, and actually becoming friends with him, The Actor and the Housewife seems light and fluffy on the surface. While it is not too deep to be an enjoyable escape, it does deal with some weighty issues. What is the line that should never be crossed by friends who are married to other people? How do you deal with rumors and innuendo? What do you do when the person you love the most gets cancer? How do you grieve and help your children grieve at the same time? When (and how) do you move on with your life? I really enjoyed reading it, even though sometimes it was quite an emotional rollercoaster. I highly recommend reading this book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 65
Pages Read in 2016: 17,114
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