I’m With Stupid by Elaine Szewczyk

Paperback: 336 pages - Publisher: 5 Spot (July 24, 2008) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0446582476 - ISBN-13: 978-0446582476


I’m With Stupid

By Elaine Szewczyk

When Kas meets William on a South African safari, he is the perfect catch – a gorgeous park ranger who is both brave and kind (he saves the tour from certain death by water buffalo). Her two best friends, Max and Libby, are desperate to kiss the man … but he chooses Kas, an editorial assistant at a struggling literary agency in New York. Their fling turns out to be fun, and when she returns home, she offers William an open invitation to visit the Big Apple. But when he loses his job for fraternizing with the guests, her idle offer becomes a terrible reality. With William in New York, it becomes apparent to Kas that her dream man may not be playing with a full deck. Readers are brought along for a hilarious ride as Max plots elaborate revenge against a cheating ex, Libby is wooed by a seventeen-year-old heir to a tube sock fortune, and Kas finds herself held captive by her frightening new “boyfriend.” Beware the one-night stand!

20-Nov-08 to  26-Nov-08

Review: Living in the moment does have consequences…

Kas, a twenty-three-year-old editorial assistant at a small publishing company, is one her way to South Africa with her best friends, Max (a rich enough gay 24-year-old) and his cousin Libby, her across-the-hall neighbour (23 and would rather sleep all day than work) on a much needed break from home. She recently found out her boyfriend, now her ex, was cheating on her with his fiancee. While in South Africa, on her last night there, she has a one-night stand with William, the hunky Ranger. When she returns, she opens e-mails from William, wondering where the knowledgeable Ranger can be, for surely the bad spelling can’t be his. But they are. She left him with an open invite to New York, and after he’s fired for ‘fraternizing with guests’, meaning her, he takes her up on her invitation and goes to New York.

Now Kas is in a fix; she doesn’t want William staying with her. It was only supposed to be a one-night stand. Things go quickly from bad to worse. As William is behind in the times, he dresses like MC Hammer in colourful balloon pants and sweat-sets, he’s just about as dunce and clueless as his e-mails portrayed, and he’s determined to write a book about the political mess Monaco is in. With her in the publishing company, he believes she’ll be able to get him a book deal. Meanwhile, Max is getting petty revenge on her ex, Richard, by placing take-out orders delivered to Richard, checking out gay pornographic material from the library with Richard’s card, handing out flyers that are in no way flattering, poses as a policeman, going from door-to-door in Richard’s apartment building, advising the neighbours that Richard is a convicted flasher. Her parents, mostly her mother, has yet to cut the apron strings, is now looking at William as possible marriage and children material for her virginal, non-smoking daughter (which neither Kas really is.) Her father, who believes that everything in America is overpriced and prefers either the ‘five-finger discount’ or not paying full price for anything, somehow managed to fall from the roof while installing an illegal satelite dish. Her brother spends all his time in his room, supposedly playing games on his computer all day. She learns things about her family that aren’t what she expected. William leaves for an unexpected reason, and she meets a man who just might be right for her.

By the time I was halfway through the book, I was starting to force myself to read it. It may sound hurtful, but it is the truth, and most of those who read my reviews know that I say/write what I really feel. I found Kas was a little on the naive side, and honestly – did she really believe she can pull the wool over her mother’s eyes? Then again, her mother seemed to do that really well. I also found her best friends to be rather immature. Max doesn’t need to work – his father makes enough money to support him; mind you, the rather petty revenge he seeks on Richard in Kas’s behalf was really funny. Libby, on the other hand, would rather not and simply lounge around all day doing just about nothing. For people in their early twenties, especially in a city like New York, I thought they’d be a little more mature and sophisticated than how they were portrayed. I found Kas a little too shallow for my taste. Sure, William was as dumb as a post, but she never gave him that much of a chance either. I mean, expect a tourist to ast like a tourist. Although I do believe the whole waterbed fiasco was a little much. Halfway through the book, I was kind of getting tired of the whole scene.

However, I did snicker quite a bit, mainly at Max’s revenge on Richard and how seventeen-year-old tube sock heir apparent Manuel chased after Libby, even in New York. And while she learns something rather hypocritical about her parents, and something about her brother no one would have ever guessed was touching, I’d have to say the humour was the highest point in the book. The main characters could have used a little more work. All in all, an okay read. 



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