Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Review: The Worst Couple in the a special giveaway

By Sara Steven

From the author of The Woman America Loves a Latte and I Will Follow Him comes a satirical novella about an over-the-top fame-hungry duo whose love for each other is only rivaled by their love of attention.

No longer content to just be Snappigram sensations, folk hop singers Zeke and Angelique are ready to move up from coffee house performances to the big stage. With songs like “Uh Huh, Future Baby Mama” and “Don’t Worry About the Bills, Little Missus” there’s pretty much no way they can fail.

But if their musical career takes off, will it leave their love behind?
(Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

Zeke and Angelique reminded me of Nico Slobkin and Brie Bacardi, the annoying Instagram couple (played by Mikey Day and Heidi Gardner) on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. In fact, if The Worst Couple in the World were to ever be turned into a television show or movie, that’s who should play this folk hop singer duo!

I imagine it’s hard to write characters who are so slanted and silly, yet still maintain a level of seriousness that only adds to the hilarity. Holly Tierney-Bedord perfected this, not only by placing Zeke and Angelique in otherwise “normal” situations that really brought forth their quirky personalities, but by the interactions they have with other people who are more grounded and realistic. You can’t help but go with the flow and fall in line with the surreal, because this special couple believes so much in what they are doing and who they are, you start to believe in it, too.

One of my favorite characters is Zeke’s mother. Sadly, I know people who have the type of personality she has, an all encompassing life sucking quality that ordinarily would not be considered funny. But, in her conversations with Zeke and Angelique, her mannerisms, it’s just pure fun, from start to finish. The contrast between the mother and Angelique is a lot of fun, too, and it makes for some of the best deliciously awkward moments.

What I liked the most about this couple, is that even through the silliness, there is an undercurrent of perseverance. Granted, they have no clue how silly they are, but even when it seems there is no hope and that they need to give up on their dreams, they don’t give up. I also felt this was a blatant look at how far people will go to gain fame. Angelique goes through a lot of “changes”, and even though she brings this up flippantly, the reader gets the sense that it is far from flippant and that’s the whole point. Even though it’s a clear coat of funny, the solid foundation underneath that is all truth. This was a unique read, and it makes you wonder what you’d do and how you’d react if you’d ever encounter these two, the worst couple in the world!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books ranging from serious women’s fiction to romantic comedies, domestic thrillers, humor, and cozy mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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