Item description for In Stereo Where Available by Becky Anderson...
Phoebe Kassner didn't set out to become a 29-year-old virgin, but she is, and, having just been dumped by her boyfriend, she doesn't see that situation changing anytime soon. Meanwhile, her twin sister Madison---aspiring actress, small-time model, and queen of the short attention span---has just been eliminated on the first round of Singing Sensation. Things aren't looking so great for either of them,but when Phoebe, victim of a fake phone number written on a cocktail napkin, receives a surprise voice mail froma guy named Jerry, she takes pity on him and calls, setting in motion a serendipitous love story neither of them saw coming. And suddenly Madison has a romance of her own, as one of12 women competing for two men on a ruthless, over-the-top reality show. As Phoebe falls in love with the jilted high school English teacher who never intended to call her in the first place, Madison's falling in love, too, clawing and fighting her way through a tide of adorable blondes.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1933836202 ISBN13 9781933836201
Reviews - What do customers think about In Stereo Where Available?
Witty satire makes chick-lit novel a delight Jul 12, 2008
There is a lot more than sweet romance to Becky Anderson's debut novel, In Stereo Where Available. While the complicated developing relationship between two strongly delineated characters is absorbing, Anderson's finely written send-up of modern society is brilliant.
Virgin-at-twenty-nine Phoebe gets advice from an internet dating guru roommate whose outrageous experiences do not for a second shake her conviction that the right guy is out there in cyberspace somewhere. Phoebe's flamboyant twin sister is determined to find true love and fortune by competing for the love of a millionaire on The Belle of Georgia, a Civil War "reality" TV show. Phoebe herself feels sheepish and silly when she responds to a romantic wrong number message pretending to be the sought-after woman, but she is drawn to the high-school teacher who made the blunder.
The shenanigans of Phoebe's associates are wickedly amusing, but Phoebe's struggle to find a meaningful relationship in this shallow world has depth and pathos. Anderson's deft writing and sharp satirical eye keep you caring and chortling in equal measure: an unusual feat. I eagerly await her next novel
Entertaining read that touches on some poignant issues Mar 5, 2008
On the surface, this is an entertaining, and often very funny, chick-lit novel. Phoebe, the heroine, is desperate to find true love - and lose her virginity. Meanwhile, her twin sister Madison longs to be famous, even if this involves lying about her age, and fighting tooth and nail with other ambitious blondes on dubious television reality shows.
But don't relax too soon. Just as you think you're in for a frothy rollercoaster ride, Phoebe's romantic dreams are shattered as she makes a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries. These bring her face to face with a reality she never expected to encounter, and force her to make a heartbreakingly difficult choice.
Anderson's skilled writing juxtaposes the real-world problems that Phoebe must overcome, with those faced by Madison in the fake, superficial world of showbiz. With their quirky and often flawed humanity, the characters ring absolutely true. The story's lighthearted plot touches on deeper issues - love, honesty, acceptance of others, and self-discovery. It is a witty, wise and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Tender. Smile Provoking. Real Feb 5, 2008
When 29 year old Phoebe Kastner's cell phone rings, she lets the message unit pick up. It's a wrong number, some guy asking for someone named Karen. When the same thing happens again a few days later, she realizes the poor guy has been given a fake number. After agonizing over whether she should or not, she finally calls him - just to say who he's actually been calling. He has a nice voice - and is clearly so happy it's Karen calling back - Phoebe hasn't the heart to reveal the truth. He asks for her e-mail. E-mail would make telling him much easier. She gives him the address. A few seconds later, a short note arrives, attached to a sweet little poem. He's sensitive. Phoebe is impressed, and more than a little interested.
So begins the central plot of this honest and almost painfully realistic portrayal of a woman who's reached a turning point. Every effort Phoebe has made to build a lasting relationship has fallen short. She's almost ready to give up, can hardly bear another failure, but slowly, inch by inch, she tries again and the journey makes absorbing and heartrending reading.
After critiquing a few million words by some wonderful writers, I know the polished prose of a professional writer when I see it. This is the real stuff. Author Anderson is flawless in the mechanics and at her strongest in the characterizations she builds. The players on stage feel and act like real people.
I picked this one up because my daughter said it was great. Despite being male, over 65, and a writer of adventure novels, which means I'm not part of the normal audience this story will attract, I found myself rooting hard for Phoebe and Jerry to make it. So much so that I stayed up late last night to push on toward the denouement, which by the way, contained a charming little surprise.
Mark my words: Rebecca Anderson will be adored by many. Read this novel and you'll understand why.
Art Tirrell is the author ofThe Secret Ever Keeps
Fabulous! Jan 25, 2008
Becky Anderson has crafted a fine first novel. "In Stereo Where Available" is a fun, well-written satire about the increasingly crazy world of dating and reality TV. The networks need to take notice and make "Belle of Georgia" into their next series; I don't think reality TV could be funnier. While Phoebe navigates her way through the realities of a serious relationship with Jerry, and Madison careens through quasi-stardom, the reader is free to sit back and enjoy the story, which is full of hilarious dialogue, memorable characters, and very sharp observations about our culture's obsession with media, fame, and, of course, finding the perfect mate. Highly recommended, and I can't wait to see what this author is going to come out with next.
A Fine First Novel with Serious Fun and Punch Jan 18, 2008
Phoebe Kassner, a 29-year-old virgin, inches her way into a romantic situation that could be the real deal. When it does turn serious, it surprises her obsessive, list-checking roommate, Phoebe's not-so-identical twin Madison (a Yankee in the "Belle of Georgia" television show seeking her own perfect mate), and the rest of her family. Some of the light-hearted chick-lit aspects of the story take a backseat as contemporary adult relationship issues are dealt with heartfelt honestly. Chick-lit novels are not my forte, but some of the not-so-right dates Phoebe endured had me reminiscing about some of mine and made me smile. The humorous antics of Madison on the reality show nearly steals the novel away from Phoebe. An excellent first novel from an author who shows lots of promise.