Book Review: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway (ARC)

Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

Author: Crystal Hemmingway

Publication Date: 16 July 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Romantic Comedy (w/sci-fi twist)

Pages: 306

Publisher: Galbadia Press

A smart romantic comedy about mothers and daughters, and the hilarious consequences of a white lie.

Crystal has trouble saying no to her lonely, single mother. For 25 years, it wasn’t a problem. But when one small mistake leaves Crystal jilted, homeless and unemployed, she has to move back in with the one person who caused it all: her mother.

Soon Crystal is sucked into her mother’s vortex, partying with boomers and hawking misshapen marshmallows. Desperate for some independence, she hatches a foolproof plan: get an experimental android to play her mom’s “perfect” boyfriend. It’s only a matter of time before her mom finds out, and Crystal will never live down the hilarious and disastrous consequences.

Written in an addicting, fast-paced format, Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is a humorous yet deeply honest portrayal about the complicated friendship between mothers and daughters. Because sometimes the people we least want to rely on are those who can help us the most.

Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is a quick read that delves into the messy topic of mother-daughter relationships. Following an unexpected breakup, Crystal invites her mother to join her and her boyfriend David on their Hawaiian vacation. By the end of the vacation, Crystal finds herself unexpectedly single. David decides that he needs space, and Crystal realizes that she needs to find a life outside of pleasing her mother 24/7.

Just when Crystal doesn’t think things could get any worse for her, her company decides to lay off 40% of their workforce in favor of outsourcing, so now Crystal is single and broke. And to add to this pile of sh*t luck, David’s portion of the rent seems to be lost since he’s backpacking through the middle of nowhere. This leaves Crystal with one option: move back home to live with her mother while she finishes up her novel. If she wasn’t aware of the space she needed before…she was about to QUICKLY learn.

This definitely was a fun read that made me think a lot of the relationship that I have with my mom. The story is told through a series of texts, emails, and diary entries. I was able to relate to the texts between Crystal and her sister Lisa almost immediately. We’ve definitely shared a lot of those same situations. I was impressed at that the amount of character development for Crystal, Lisa, and Margot considering the unorthodox manner in which the plot is told.

One aspect of the book that I would’ve liked to see differently is the integration of the cyborg boyfriend at an earlier time frame. That whole plot line doesn’t come into the story until about the 50% mark. I think this has to do with the fact that the foundation of the story had to be laid, which takes longer when done through emails and text messages versus traditional writing.

Thank you to Galbadia Press for providing an ARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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