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Ivy Feckett Is Looking for Love: A Birmingham Romance Paperback – Import, 28 Jul 2016
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Born in Solihull, England, Jay Spencer Green has lived in Dublin, Ireland, for over twenty years. He has worked as a factory laborer, college lecturer, database editor, van driver, theater stagehand, court coverer at Wimbledon, hotel dishwasher, and conveyor belt supervisor. Green's debut novel, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's, has been described as "savagely funny and deftly anarchic." He keeps his wit properly sharpened on his blog at jayspencergreen.com.
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This second novel from Jay Spencer Green confirms how much of a superbly talented author he is. In fact, he’s fast becoming one of my favourite fiction writers. His work is so engrossing that one doesn’t even stop to ponder at how expertly executed it is. It’s a world of completeness with relatable characters, a strong story and a lot of fun and funniness.
This book is more mellow and sentimental than his debut, and there’s a constant running humour throughout but it’s not as in-your-face and laugh-out-loudish as ‘Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s’, and that’s not a bad thing, as it shows how adept the author is at maintaining the right feel for a particular story.
There were maybe a couple of bits that I didn’t feel worked, or were needed (the dog’s point of view, for instance) but I know I’m only nitpicking because the rest of the book is so flawless.
The author also has a brilliant knack for making the subplot become a main plot where by the end, you realise that what felt like a cosy romcom is actually also a brilliant send up of religion and a deeply philosophical treatise (which occasionally reminded me of Mick Farren’s ‘The Texts of Festival’ and Luke Rhinehart’s ‘Adventures of Whim’).
Funny, endearing and completely engrossing, this Brummie romance is one I definitely recommend to yow.
Ivy Feckett, sometimes called Vee, is an irresistible character. She is smart-
sensitive and shy.
She isn't the party girl. She's too afraid to hit the town with her gorgeous, confident house mates --Maggie and Siobban. When it comes to men, Ivy feels inadequate, incapable, and naive. Ivy's the girl to wear plain-dark clothes... to choose comfort before risk. And when invited out to dinner, Ivy stays home by herself on a Friday night with a hot bath, a glass of wine, and her own imagination.
Ivy 'does' have a playful -healthy imagination under her schmata clothes...( I love this girl). When she took the train to and from work, - a journey which could be "mind-numbingly boring", in itself....she played a sexual game in her head with the different passengers on the train. She put some creative thought, and energy into what their careers were and their body positions.
"Commuting is not good for the human psyche, Ivy decided. It led to twisted attitudes toward's one's fellow human beings".
Sam is her best friend....a geek, who searches for geocaches. They've been friends since school days. Sam is the type of 'guy-friend' every girl has had .... Reliable Sam!
There is not a woman who does not know what I'm talking about here either. Reliable Sam actually is in love with Ivy. As 'our' Sam was with us...right?
What happens to this type of relationship over the years? One of two things.....
Every woman knows the ending 'both' ways from either direct experience or from another friend. One or two ways in this story, too!
Time to introduce heart throb, Ned Hartfield. Tall, tall, and tall! The sound of his voice
is deep, powerful, and conveying confidence. He has perfect complexion...creamy, "Cherubic" with thick black curly hair, turquoise blue eye...."as deep and clear as
Caribbean waters". [Of course, we always want our men better looking than us]. Haha. Actually, my husband Paul, is better looking than me.
It doesn't take long for Ivy to mix love with sex. Ned's masterful hands, muscular arms,
and acts of eroticism --"conceivably illegal" -- were enough for Ivy to realize she was in love.
"Being penetrated from the outside means also that you enclose, engulf, surround, taste, discover. That active and passive are not two opposing and contradictory sides of the same coin but that that which seems passive simultaneously active".
"That to love is to reach beyond yourself, beyond the familiar. It meant to taste the world, to join the world, and at the same time let the world taste you".
I devoured Jay's new novel in one sitting. It's fun, funny, and warm-hearted!
It feels like an old fashion sparky-classic tale .....with a modern creative make-over and a Donkey name Ned!
READ IT!!!! It's a great treat!!!!!!
"And Reagan begat Saddam, and Bush begat Saddam, and Saddam begat war, and Bush begat war, and Bush begat Osama, and Osama begat war, and Bush begat Bush, and Bush begat war, and war begat war.
If the rest of his bible is gonna be of that class then I'm signing up for membership to his cult.
The book contains a brilliant group of characters, the Nerdy Ivy, the best friend Sam, sexy Caroline, awesome Nana, a couple of super sluts and the biggest knob in the literary world (Ned).
The editing is super slick as with his previous book, I could find no fault, no plot holes and no pointless paragraphs. What I did find was myself smirking and getting looks asking what the hell was so funny. I won't say anything about the story, you need to go get yourself a copy and find out for yourself. I'm not a fan of romance stories but this is such a good book you can't help but love it.