Book Club: Things I Can't Explain (Chapters 5-6)

Things I Can't Explain has gone full romantic comedy mode and I'm totally down for this. That's not something I ever thought I'd want in my life, but damn if I don't want a feature length romantic starring Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa.

It's a bit predictable and a little over the top, but so was the TV series and I'm down for that. In a world where everything is so terrible all the time, its nice to read a little fluff.

It wasn't too surprising to see that Clarissa still has feelings for Sam and that she is a bit conflicted since life hasn't really gone her way. I think the author did a great job at capturing the feeling of people from my generation once all the dust cleared and we realized we weren't all going to be movie stars.

If I have any critique, I wished they would have backed down on the barista being a total Adonis. His rock hard abs, firm jawline, “butt like Channing Tatum” seemed a bit too much on top of his Harley riding and guitar playing. Clarissa never struck me as being quite so superficial, so this seems a bit forced.

I gotta say, I didn't see the girlfriend twist coming through. I anticipated Sam showing up and complicating things further, but I thought it was a nice touch.

Clarissa's job searching commentary is some of my favorite so far. I loved how she described Craigslist as: “Please for the Love of God Hire Me.” I can relate to that so much!

The Sabrina/Salem mention was subtle and work really well.

The end of chapter six slowed to a slog, but at least the chapter ended with a little action to make me excited for what's to come.

Be sure to check out Michael's thoughts on Things I Can't Explain at his blog Random Thoughts and Ponders.

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