Review: The Cursed Existence of Jessalyn Bell
I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
Well, every day is like that for Jessalyn Bell. Falling victim to a streak of extremely bad luck, Jessalyn can rarely go a day without encountering a disastrous occurrence. Her parents’ divorce, her inability to meet quota at her sales job, and the incident in which she’s mistakenly arrested are just the beginning. There’s also the fact that every single date with her boyfriend Kyle goes wrong.
Unpleasant surprises wait around every corner, but through her various misadventures Jessalyn comes to realize that every cloud has a silver lining, that friendships can develop in the most unlikely places, and that love and romance are every bit as spontaneous and unpredictable as a bout of bad luck.
What I thought:
It's been a long time since I laughed this long and hard because of a book. There's a Swedish saying that "The happiness of other peoples misery is the only true happiness", not in a malicious way but Your-friend-tripped-over-his/her-own-feet-and-faceplanted-and-you-can't-stop-laughing-kind of way. Or you're-at-a-bar-and-your-friend-is-hit-on-by-the-most-annoying-human-being-ever-who-just-won't-take-a-hint-kind of way. Like that. That saying pretty much sums up everything I think about this book. I feel so sorry for this girl but I just can't stop laughing.
Everything that possibly could go wrong does. She get's a job, she get's fired, she finds a new job, her rent goes up, she finds a new place with a roommate, her roommate bails on her, she loses her job. And like that it goes on, she truly is cursed. And in between all this there is a really sweet love story.
I truly loved Jessalyn. The only law her life abides is Murphy's law, anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and she keeps making the best of the situation. She doesn't let life take her down when most people would have screamed themselves hoarse or punched someone just for the heck of it. She find solutions instead of focusing on the problem, if only more people could have that view on life.
Kyle is as sweet as they come and to put is Jessalyn did "Any other man in his right mind would have bolted for the door after finding out what a wreck I am", and any other man really would have. And he'd have blocked her number and if they ever saw each other again he'd pretend he never knew her. Their dates were that bad, and hilarious. But he's the kind of man that stands up for her to her family, which is a big thing (!), and he takes the good with the bad and make it work even when it's not. He so god damn solid! Up to a point but I won't say more than that.
This is an amazing book but it doesn't hold much of a literary value, it won't go down in the history books and it won't change your life, but it will brighten it and it will make you smile. And sometimes that's all we need from a book.
About the author:
Katie Lynn Johnson was an Air Force brat growing up, and has lived in California, Germany, New Mexico, Texas, and Idaho. In college she studied fine art and marketing, all the while taking far more English classes than were necessary for her degree. By day she works as a writer, editor, and graphic designer for a magazine publisher, and by night she writes novels just for kicks. Katie lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two children.
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