I’ve been procrastinating on writing this review and by the time I got started on it, I’d just listened to Paul Rudnick on the Audiobook Lovin’ Podcast. From that interview, I can definitely tell that he filled this unconventional romance, between chaotic event planner Carder Ogden and compassionate Prince Edgar, with the things he loves and finds funny.
Rudnick’s background in screenwriting shows when it comes to Carter’s bombastic large Jewish family and group of quippy funny friends He gives each side character a detailed backstory and expressive dialogue. Rudnick excels at creating awkward humorous situations for Cater to find himself in. What most impressed me with this book is Rudnick (who is a Baby Boomer) captures the Millennial experience without being condescending.
I hate to nitpick on timeline stuff but the book mentions Carter watched YouTube videos with his sister when he was 12 years-old. Carter is 29 when the book takes place in 2019 or 2020, which means when Carter was 12 it was 2002 – 2003. YouTube launched in 2006. How did no one catch this?
Also, I see what you did with this cover Berkley.