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These Boots Weren't Made for Walking, by Melody Carlson A Review
by lauren finchum
08/24/09
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Cassidy live looked like it was steady, good job, good apartment, and a new pair of Valentino boots to her name. But in only a few days, her world crashes around her. Cassidy loses her job, leaves desperate messages for her boyfriend on his machine, then learns that a woman named Jessica has had sex with her virgin boyfriend. Said boyfriend, Eric, clams the he and Jessica are ‘ a God thing’, and Eric and Cassidy, obviously, spilt up. To add to the confusion, Cassidy’s neighbor, Monica, steals her credit card and runs up a whopping bill—a bill out-of-job Cassidy can’t pay. After all the drama, Cassidy wonder is suicide in the only way out of this mess—totally forgetting about God. But a search through medicine cabinet and she figures that laxatives aren’t the way to go.
Finally, Cassidy decides to move back home, but the night before she does, Monica’s ex-boyfriend, Will, come over and fixes Cassidy a very nice dinner. After encouraging Will to pursue his dreams, Cassidy gives up as if she doesn’t even has any, and moves back wit her mother. But she finds her mother changed—especially physically. Audra has lost loads of weight, and is dating a younger guy—a young guy Cassidy used to know.
Cassidy has had it, so she goes out to a tavern with some old friend to perk herself up, and all looks fine. . . ’til Audra come in the tavern with her date. Looking foxier then ever.
Cassidy searches to find herself and job, finally finding job at a ski resort—Black Bear Butte. It’s there that Cassidy starts to wonder if her boss, Ross in “in to her”. He seems charming and caring. Ross is fifteen years older that Cassidy, but what the heck? But when bed-head rebel, Will, come in to town Cassidy wonder where her affections REALLY lie.

I laugh at the book a lot when reading it. It’s full of quirky humor and human mission—finding yourself. I enjoyed Cassidy’s character and found her easy to relater with.
I really enjoyed when Eric runs unto Cassidy at a mall, saying he wants her back. I think she handled the situation very well.
When it came to Ross and Will, well . . .I always thing the older man and younger woman thing is romantic and sexy—but bed-head, artsy rebel is pretty hot, too.
I think that Cassidy makes the right decision between the two men in the end and, and I thought that the ending scene was very romantic, in a quirky fun way, that stays in line with the voice of the novel.

“These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking” is an amusing, captivated read and totally zany (in a good way). I give it four stars.


2009

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