Sometimes I’m in the mood for a good Chick Lit read. And while that genre has diminished in volume over the years, there are still some to find. Books like Becca Wilhite’s Check Me Out. Cute title, cute cover, and promising premise.
In My Opinion
I so wanted to love this book. There was so much potential—a librarian, a friends to more possibility, humor, and an outward vs. inward appearance debate. While a likable read, Becca Wilhite missed some opportunities in Check Me Out.
Greta has some flaws. She’s shallow—which she admits—selfish, and a little naïve. When Will, her best friend, gives her a late birthday gift—the perfect guy—she’s smitten, at first with his looks then by the wonderful words he texts her.
Here’s where the potential for this book gets missed. I would have loved to hear more comments from those who see Will and Greta together about their relationship. It is mentioned once, too near the end of the book to make much of an impact on the main character. I also wanted to learn more about those around Greta—even Will.
While there were missed opportunities that would have made this story shine more brightly, there was enough humor to make it an enjoyable read, just not one that I will gush about.
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About the Book
Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.
Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.
When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.
Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?
Check Me Out is a contemporary romance–with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac–that reminds us that it is what’s on the inside that matters most.