Narrator: Cassandra Case
Published by MTV Books on 31 May 2013
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours 24 minutes
Buy on Amazon|Buy on Audible|Buy on Barnes & Noble|Buy on Book Depository
Place(s) Traveled To: Chicago, Illinois // Brandford, Massachusetts (2006)
First Line(s): There are two problems with being the daughter of a best-selling etiquette guru.
The Book of Luke by Jenny O’Connell is one of those books that I bought forever ago because it came to me highly recommend. This book, originally published in 2007, has then been recommended me to me several times over so when looking for a new audio I decided to finally give it a try. Then I proceeded to wonder if I was reading a different book than everyone else because I really didn’t like this one much at all. I found the main character, Emily, to be one of the most annoying and self-centered characters ever. She was so judgmental of those around her and refused to see people for who they were now and instead kept trying to push them into who they were when she last lived in town many years ago.
So much of The Book of Luke was spent with Emily reflecting on events in the past. More time seemed to be spent in the past than in the now and it just got frustrating because I wanted to now more about who those people where now and not when they were 12 or so. This then gave a skewed look at the various characters because kids grow and change so much from junior high to high school. Although Emily seems to have stayed the same, the judgmental good girl who thought she knew best while her BFFs became petty and borderline mean girls. And while Emily tried to be a mean girl she really just wasn’t and this resulted in many sighs and eye rolls on my part.
Then you have the plot of The Book of Luke where Emily and her friends are trying to “cure” Luke of his bad behavior because of how he broke up with one of them. So Emily fake dates him in order to write a guide for other girls on how to train their men to behave how they want. Of all the crazy egotistical things. You can’t change how people are and not all people aren’t meant to be together. How Luke acted with the friend, who wasn’t the best behaved person in that relationship, really isn’t a total reflection on him because the two were like oil and water and they did not work. Emily and Luke worked as they had more in common only she saw common courtesy as proof that she changed him. Oy with the poodles!!
The ending of The Book of Luke was quick and not unexpected. There was conflict and drama and people doing mean things to their friends instead of talking to each other. Then in a blink all was well and everything was wrapped up in a neat little bow. And I was left wondering what was so amazing about this book when it was just so-so. The narrator of this one, Cassandra Case, also didn’t help me to love this book as it often seemed like she was holding her nose when she was speaking for certain characters. When she wasn’t doing that her voices all seemed very similar and so it was often hard to know who was talking when. But my biggest issue with Case was her inability to pronounce some basic words and phrases. So I may have enjoyed this one more if I’d read it rather than listened to it but probably not by much.