That Crazy Little Thing is a funny, thoughtful women’s novel, featuring a main character readers will embrace. It is, above all, a story about love.
Love isn’t something the protagonist, Melanie, has either the time or the inclination for. After all, she has her hands full: Her teenage daughter’s bright orange mohawk is just the latest in her rebellious streak, made all the more difficult by Melanie’s single-mother status. Melanie is juggling being a parent with her job as a receptionist in a doctor’s office and her uneasy sense that the pain in her best friend’s abdomen is more than just normal medical issues. But what she doesn’t know is how her love for her friend and her friend’s son will change her in significant ways — and that romantic love potentially awaits as well.
Melanie’s character is not only well-written, but she’s relatable and, in fact, carries the novel; it’s she that readers invest in, and thus, what keeps them interested from beginning to end. Women will immediately feel a connection to Melanie, sympathizing with her busy life and jaded attitude toward love. Character development is key in a book of this genre, and author Kate Bracy depicts both major and minor characters in a skillful manner.
Bracy writes with confidence and humor. (Regarding a biting comment from her daughter, Melanie says, “Her tone was the one you might use with someone who had just vomited on your favorite chair.”) When coupled with the story’s pitch-perfect character development, the result is a breezy, entertaining read that’s more than just a fluffy adventure; That Crazy Little Thing also has heart and depth. Fans of women’s fiction will relish being along for the ups and downs as Melanie’s life is changed in more ways than one.
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