Katie MacAlister comes to the blog today with the first of her updated Emily books, first known to readers of her teen Emily series under the pen name of Katie Maxwell. Now reworked and narrated by Lauren Ezzo please read on for my review of
You Auto-Complete Me
Emily is just the same irreverent, snarky and occasionally embarrassment-prone girl that I first met when my daughter discovered her in a book-binge, and while many of the scenes in the new Emily’s now grown 20 year old self, that heart and joy still shines through. See, as a teen, Emily was ‘transplanted’ from her West Coast US home to England, and the culture shock, the ‘oldies’ and the faintly menacing chest of drawers in her bedroom, not to mention her gathering friends and advising her best friend Dru on all things life, apparel and boys was a true delight. Now more grown up (in years) although almost refreshingly naïve about the world, she’s back in England for a year with her parents – and wholly unprepared for the changes her life has taken after monetary concessions (and the need to pay off a debt to her ex boss, Emily is perhaps more grown up but the old sparkle that was hers and hers alone shines through.
Clever and with some lovely moments with Fang, and her head on an almost constant swivel from one boy to the next, she’s still floundering in all the best ways. There’s not an ounce of arrogance in Emily – at least not intentionally meant, she’s confident (at least on the outside) good natured and wholly a ‘jump in feet first’ kind of girl. Never one to take a setback too seriously, or for too long: Emily’s self-awareness ADHD is something that everyone needs a touch of when things get tough. There aren’t any huge lessons here, or a dramatic and Austen-esque romance- no – this is NA romance with a sparkle and plenty of laughter – a perfect ‘I need something light” listen.
Narration for this story is provided by Lauren Ezzo and her voice is perfectly suited to a 20-something, with just enough of the ‘drama queen on a leash’ that epitomizes Emily to a T, with plenty of variation in tone, delivery and volume to indicate emotional moments without over-working them. Other characters are clearly presented, and the text conversations (clearly difficult to approach from a stylistic standpoint) add that sense of “now” from friends far away. A solid performance and a clever reworking of the old title.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: You Auto-Complete Me:
Author: Katie MacAlister
Series: Emily #1
Genre: Comedic Elements, Contemporary New Adult Romance, Friendship, Reimagined Classic
Narrator: Lauren Ezzo
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 31 October, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 48 minutes
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Life, love, and the pursuit of the perfect Englishman...
Emily Williams, twenty-something free spirit, is spending a year in England with -- horror of horrors -- her parents. She's not going to let that get her down, though...any more than she is brought low by her seemingly hopeless search for love, the ghost that inhabits her underwear drawer, the horrible high school flashbacks that come via a student she tutors, the hot guy she fancies who may or may not be what he appears, or the dishy almost-veterinarian who could be the perfect Mr. Emily...if only he wasn't elbow-deep in sheep. Literally..
Welcome to the world of Emily!
EMSTER What, you're not here?
DRU I'm here. What's up, buttercup?
EMSTER I have things to tell you!
DRU So tell. I was sext…er…texting the BF.
DRU J/K. Dish, sister.
EMSTER Reasons why my life has gone to hell in a handbasket:
In debt up to my armpits due to having to work off paying for ex-boss's car.
DRU Shouldn't have hit that cop car, huh?
EMSTER Forced to give up adorable apartment to live back with the parents while I pay off ex-boss' car.
DRU Also shouldn't have lipped off to the judge who garnished your wages.
EMSTER Forced to go with very same parents to England for a year.
EMSTER OK, that's not really bad, but I'm on a roll. Humor me.
EMSTER Biggest reason life is messed up: Friends with Benefits Fang isn't around to indulge in benefitting.
DRU You got me there. But cheer up, little Emily – life can't get any worse can it?
Readers of the 2003 release The Year My Life Went Down the Loo may recognize passages--this book is an almost complete rewrite and update of that earlier young adult novel, and contains mature themes.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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