Title: Pinch Me
Author: Adena Halpern
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Lily Burns has always been told that she should never marry a nice man that’s good to her. After all, according to her mother and grandmother, their family has been cursed such that, if they fall in love with a good man, something bad will happen to the man. But when Lily falls hard for Gogo and decides to take her chances with the curse and marries him, she wakes up in a world that she doesn’t recognize – and in which Gogo doesn’t recognize her.
I was a huge fan of Adena Halpern’s last novel, 29, so I didn’t hesitate before picking up her latest, Pinch Me. Once again, Halpern takes a smart and savvy woman, throws in a little bit of the supernatural, and shakes it all up to create an engaging and fun story sure to satisfy readers.
Lily is a great character, and readers will really feel for her as her life is turned upside down. I appreciated how strong she was and how much she was willing to fight for what she wanted. Without going into too much detail and spoiling parts of the novel, there are some moral ambiguities that become apparent as the book progresses, and it’s nice to see that Lily acknowledges them. She cares so much about others – her family, Gogo, that it makes her very appealing.
The secondary characters in Pinch Me are witty and just a lot of fun. Specifically, readers will fall in love with Lily’s mom and grandmother. These are two strong women who have seen a lot of heartbreak in their lives, but it hasn’t broken them. No, they are tough, tenacious women, and also completely ridiculous and quirky. They inject the book with a lot of humor and love, and I couldn’t help but cheer every time they came onto the scene.
Including the supernatural in books about everyday life isn’t an easy thing to do, yet between 29 and Pinch Me, Halpern seems to have mastered this feat. Lily is a very sympathetic character with a lot of spunk, and her love story with Gogo is touching and heartfelt. This was a completely enjoyable book from beginning to end, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an easy summer read.