Published: 2nd March, 2015
Age: New Adult
From: CBB Book Promtions
“My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn’t bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be.”
When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru’s favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes to live with her upstairs neighbor, Ellen, a playwright, Pru goes for it.
Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who’s never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen’s whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director’s assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.
Only one thing can derail Pru’s exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it’s two things—and they’re in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?
What I liked: Pru’s story is one that is learning to be confident and learning to stand on your own two feet. At 25 Pru has lead a mostly sheltered life because of her anxiety that tends to kick in around other people, and now that there has been a fire in the apartment complex she lives in she has no choice but to talk to strangers so that the two people who have sheltered her from everything, her parents, don’t take her back to where she doesn’t want to be. Pru grows a lot over the story, gradually branching out and doing things that she never thought she would before. Pru looks up to Pepper Hathaway, the heroine of a crime show who is both a detective and a super model, and many times in the novel she deferred to what she believed Pepper would do. By the end though, its clear that Pru has started to find her way after all the disasters that happened to land her where she ended up at. Her story about finding herself is an important and lovely one, with its own struggles and moments along the way.
What I didn’t like: I had a problem with how easy Adam dismissed Pru when her parents sent officers to his house. It just seemed weird that, moments before they had seemed so close and just because of her parents he made her leave. It didn’t sit with me right, but that might have just been me?
Overall Review: A story full of humor and people who were entertaining to read about Just Pru is a delightful novel. I enjoyed most of the characters that I felt like were characters I would like, and I empathized with Pru a great deal as I watched her struggle with trying to put her life back in order after moving in with Ellen. She overcame many obstacles that stood in her way from becoming more independent and standing on her own and getting away from her parents (which, their daughter is 25 anyway, they can’t make her do anything really. They were way to controlling anyway).
Recommend?: If you’re looking for a story that is filled with humor, some romance, and a little bit of angst as well then I suggest that you try this book out!
My Rating: 3.9/5
About the Author
Anne loves her family, cool breezes, carbohydrates, and elastic waistbands. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her dachshund, Taco. Learn about her latest projects at www.annepfeffer.com.