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Saturday, April 21, 2018

REVIEW: Forks, Knives and Spoons by Leah DeCesare @LeahDeCesare @gosparkpress

Forks, Knives and Spoons
by Leah DeCesare

First, thank you SO much to the author for this signed copy! Second, apologies for taking so long to read this.  I'm kicking myself because this was such an ADORABLE and FUN read!

Publisher:  Spark Press
Publish Date:  April 18, 2017
392 Pages
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York's father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond. Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves and not to settle in love or life.

My Review:

What an absolutely delightful, sparkly and fun read!  Set during the time I basically went to college (give or take a few years), it was extremely nostalgic and took me right back to my college days.  Freshman year, rushing a sorority, making new friends, entering the dating life... fast forward to senior year and embarking on new adventures... to later in life when you really "grow" up and learn about yourself.  

This is an honest look into how a classification system is used to find that "perfect" someone - in this case, a steak knife.  I'll admit, I found it slightly annoying at first with the continual classification system... so I felt a kinship with Veronica when she would tell Amy to chill out with it or roll her eyes at the process.  However, as I continued to read, it grew on me.  I'm not saying I USE the system.... but I'm not saying it doesn't pass through my head sometimes... 😉.

I absolutely adore Amy's relationship with her father.  This is reminiscent to my own relationship with my father.  Especially at the very end.  The tried and true types of people are riddled throughout the book.  Each personality shining in their own way.  The plot is fairly transparent and you already know what the outcome will be and where the book is headed.  Leah has you pinned though - you just want to see how each of these characters get there!  

Never settle.  Never give up.  And remember, fork is just another four letter word. 😜  Highly recommend.  I look forward to more work from Leah and hope this book brings a big a smile to your face as it does to mine.


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