A prominent figure amongst New York City’s fashion elite, Elena Vega is a successful businesswoman and single mother to an adorable three-year-old son, Lucas. Her love life, however, is lacking, as those closest to her keep pointing out. At the persistent urging of her closest friend, Elena reluctantly agrees to a string of blind dates if she can find a suitable babysitter for Lucas. Enter Allison Sawyer, a free-spirited senior at New York University. Elena is intrigued by Allison’s ability to push her out of her element, and the young woman’s instant and easy connection with normally shy Lucas quickly earns Allison the job. After each blind date, Elena returns home to complain to Allison about her lacking suitors. As they bond, Elena begins to realize that the person possessing all the qualities she most desires might just be the woman who has been in front of her the entire time. The vast difference between the two women’s social statuses, however, may be an obstacle not easily overcome.
If I was limited to using only one word to describe this book, it would be CUTE. The story-line is cute, the kid in the book is cute… an overload of cuteness. It’s so cute that the only thing that I hear right now is my biological clock ticking. This book would really make a fantastic movie. I’d imagine it would fit nicely in the same category as About a Boy and Maid in Manhattan. It has all the ingredients of a feel-good romantic comedy, including an amusing little meet cute.
“When I was your age, all we had were depressing lesbian books and movies.. like The Well of Loneliness, Lost and Delirious and Kissing Jessica Stein.” Can I say how glad I am that we’ve moved past that era and that our stories are more varied? The tone of Popcorn Love is very lighthearted. It’s not heavy on drama and angst, and it has a happy ending. I’m a sucker for happy endings.
What kinda irked me about this book, was when Elena would refer to Allison as “dear”. “Dear” is only acceptable if there’s an age difference in decades, if it’s coming from a grandmother, and… this is critical… if it’s coming from someone who is NOT, I repeat, NOT your lover! If my future girlfriend calls me “dear”, I will run out of that relationship with my born-again virginity intact. “Sweetie” is cute. “Honey” is borderline. “Dear” is just creepy as hell.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a cozy, quick read, I recommend picking up Popcorn Love. I’ll definitely be reading Hughes’ other novels.
1. Bjork – There’s More to Life Than This
2. Andy Grammar – Keep Your Head Up
3. Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
4. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
5. Carly Rae Jepsen – Gimmie Love
6. Grimes – Go
7. Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning
8. Goldford – Upside Down
9. Peter Salett – Heart of Mine
10. John Mayer – Love is a Verb
This book would be best read with a….
KARL STRAUSS’ PEANUT BUTTER STOUT