Item description for Boo (Boo #1) by Gutteridge...
Overview Wolfe Boone, a horror novelist who put his town of Skary, Indiana on the map with his books, decides to stop writing and pursue love with the girl next door, a decision which prompts the inhabitants of Skary to take drastic measures.
Publishers Description Talk about Working out Your Faith with Fear and Trembling. The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone-or, "Boo," as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its "bloody fingers" (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky's Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead). But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary-and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business. Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, "Boo" shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.
Citations And Professional Reviews Boo (Boo #1) by Gutteridge has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 06/30/2003 page 73
Publishers Weekly - 07/07/2003 page 50
CBA Retailers - 09/01/2003 page 60
Christian Retailing - 09/22/2003 page 19
Booklist - 10/01/2003 page 282
Romantic Times - 09/01/2003 page 67
Publishers Weekly - 07/01/2003
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2003
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Number 1
ISBN 1578565731 ISBN13 9781578565733
Availability 0 units.
More About Gutteridge
Rene Gutteridge is the author of "Ghost Writer" and "Troubled Waters." She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.
One of the cutest & funniest you'll ever read! Dec 3, 2007
This is a charming, hilarious book by a very gifted author. The characters are nutty, the town of Skary very unique and fun, and the story very sweet. This is the first in the series, but also the best in my opinion.
If you read this book and like it, you absolutely have to read Rene Gutteridge's My Life As a Doormat - I think that is the best book she's ever written, even more funny than Boo. :-)
Fun but a little care would have helped Nov 12, 2007
This is a pleasant enough book. Clearly, the characters are intended to be caracatures, and the plot is telegraphed from the beginning. But no one is reading this book intending to find Ulysses. It's pleasant escapism.
Two bits hurt the novel for me, though. First, we are told at some point in the book that Boo drives a Jeep. Yet, when he is leaving the Thanksgiving dinner, he thinks he cannot drive through the snow, while everyone else piles into a far less likely car to go find him. A minor point, but jarring.
Far more important was the discussion of why Boo had been converted. Or, more particularly, who had "witnessed" to him. It would be a spoiler to state who did, but the manner in which he claimed he had been witnessed to bothered me, as a non-Christian, because essentially what he was seeing was righteousness and charity by someone and that led him to convert to Christianity. With all due respect, Christians have no patent on either righteousness or charity, and it would appear from what Boo says that if he saw the same from a Zoroastrian, he would have become a Zoroastrian. So I don't get it.
It was okay Nov 5, 2007
This book was just okay. I loved the premise of the story, but the likeable characters were not developed enough for my taste and the annoying characters were really annoying and I found myself skipping over some of those parts. I liked the story and wanted to see what was going to happen next, but really didn't like reading some of the characters. In the Mitford series, even the quirky characters have some endearing qualities so you like them in spite of their weirdness. I didn't find that to be true with this book. I really didn't like some of them and wanted them to just be left out. I was looking for a good series and I think the story line has potential, but the development of it did not make me want to read the sequels.
Cozy Aug 9, 2007
This was a really fun read. Makes you want to read by the fire place. Very light hearted and sweet.
Not a fan of this book Jul 28, 2007
What is it about Ainsley that's supposed to make her so likeable? I thought she was a big priss right from the very start. She wasn't at peace inside herself because she didn't like her job and she didn't like the town and she didn't like having to take care of her father instead of making her own life. She was a real jerk to Boo and whatsizname, the vet.
And all that uber-Martha stuff just wore me out. The old-maid fussiness over cooking and decorating and the reference to the sheets in the linen closet being tied with ribbons just made me want to go lie down.
So I just didn't get it about Ainsley, right from the very beginning. And then, with all her animosity toward Boo, to make such a rapid about-face really tested my credulity.
I suppose what I'm saying is that Ainsley's character was not very well developed. I didn't like her. I didn't see any reason to like her. And I felt the same about Wolfe/Boo. He was a stock character -- the misunderstood recluse...the Beast from the fairy tale. That's an old, old characterization and nothing was done to put the slightest twist on it. We weren't able to see him wrestling with his inner longing for God and the conflicting forces that came up against his career as a horror writer - we only heard about them later. He'd gone through the struggle before the book even BEGAN, which was too bad. Because not being able to empathize with a character makes that character seem very one dimensional.
And I never quite understood how he managed to be such a recluse in a small town like Skary. His house was in plain view, after all. No gate. No fence. We were able to read that he took his dogs to a vet in another town, but where did he go to the grocery, for heaven's sake? Did he never need to mail a parcel? Go to the library? The bank? It was like he had no clue that there was this entire tourist industry built from the fact that he lived right there in the town, IN PLAIN VIEW, but still managed to be a recluse, except for occasional forays to Ainsley's section of the restaurant to eat meatloaf. Very weird.
The thing with the pastor was just kind of...dropped. He shut the doors of the church and left the note on the door, telling them to go and do what Jesus would want them to do. The congregation milled around and had their "meeting." Ainsley took Wolfe to do some godly visiting, bringing Christ to the shut-ins, but it seemed like there was this undercurrent of worry that the pastor had been kidnapped or something. Next thing we know, he's at Thanksgiving dinner and no word was ever spoken about the success of his "experiment" until Wolfe got lost in the snow. Then the church was full and he was happy, although I didn't really understand why. Did that ONE incident of prayer mean that the pews were going to be full every Sunday thereafter?
The pastor seemed like a puppet character, who abruptly popped into the story line to advance the plot a few more pages and then was just as quickly snatched back out, to be forgotten until the next time he was needed.
The worst character by far was Missy. What was she? A meddling old gossip? A secret member of a crime family? Actual evil within all the fake "evil" of Skary? I'm assuming that will be addressed in the other two books. But the business of being in the bushes and trying to make it seem that the vet had assaulted her, and then the "dehydration" thing...I didn't get those at all.
And the Thanksgiving scene was just weird. Nice way to treat a stranger in your midst, Christians of Skary, especially the sheriff.
Ainsley's dad, Mr. Sheriff, needs some Xanax or something. He is a very strange man, much stranger than Missy. First of all, he wants Ainsely to marry the vet and is stubbornly locked onto that thought and will not budge, which is kind of obsessive. Then there's the deal with Theif and all the cat doors -- again, obsessive. And he seems to want Ainsley to stay there in Skary, in his house, even if she doesn't want to leave, which has shades of a horror novel, specifically Stephen King's "Misery." Yikes. Then there's his weirdness with with Wolfe and the way he seemed to automatically leap to the conclusion that Wolfe had assaulted Missy and killed Thief. Whaa-?
This man has some Issues and shouldn't be running around loose with a gun.
I was vetting this book for my mother, who wanted to know if it would be a good story for her church's library. There's nothing objectionable in it from the Christian point of view, but as far as writing goes, the characterization was shallow and stereotyped and the plot was contrived and sluggish. A real disappointment.