Mom's Perfect Boyfriend

by Crystal Hemmingway

Part of the Smart Companions Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Mom's Perfect Boyfriend

A fun, light hearted, easy to read tale about a daughter ordering her mum a lifelike robot boyfriend.

This light-hearted, easy-to-read tale set in the USA, is told through emails, texts, diary entries, and extracts from stories. When her relationship falters Crystal finds herself living back with her loving but interfering Mom. Crystal decides her mum needs a boyfriend and signs her up for a lifelike experimental robot, what on earth could go wrong?! I started reading with a slight hesitation but soon settled down as I got used to the texts and emails laid out on the page in front of me. The characters are inventively introduced by Crystal Hemmingway through different forms of electronic communication. The individual personality traits start to shine through and I was able to connect with them even with the limited descriptive detailing. I recommend throwing yourself and letting go, as Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is a fun, bright and animated read.


Mom's Perfect Boyfriend Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Maria Semple, a smart romantic comedy about mothers and daughters, told in an addicting, fast-paced style.

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 person who caused it all: her mother.

Soon Crystal is sucked into her mother's vortex, partying with boomers and hawking homemade 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.

A story told through emails, texts, and journal entries, Mom's Perfect Boyfriend is a humorous yet deeply honest portrayal of the complicated friendship between mothers and daughters. Sometimes the people we want to rely upon the least are those who can help us the most.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781950458004
Publication date: 16th July 2019
Author: Crystal Hemmingway
Publisher: Galbadia Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
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Mom's Perfect Boyfriend Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Fun and light, a nice easy read.

A light-hearted, funny story about a woman who orders a robot boyfriend for her unsuspecting mother! It's told through emails, texts and journal entries, which makes the narrative more fun and a little different. A fun summer read, perfect for anyone who enjoys a bit of comedy and a heroine/narrator prone to disaster!

Sarah Jones

A great beach read one you'll find hard to put down.

I really loved the format this book was written in, texts, emails and diary entries because of this you find yourself flying through the pages. As anybody knows who has either a clingy mother or judgemental mother in law you really feel for the daughters in this book and the scenarios that they face.

Claire Nethercoat

A humorous, lightweight summer read with a provocative futuristic twist. Mom's Perfect Boyfriend is engaging and fast-moving. Crystal's dysfunctional family is easy to relate to and her frustration with Margot totally understandable. What she does to manage an awkward situation is funny and intriguing. An easy enjoyable book for the beach.

Light, easy to read and the perfect kind of book to take to the beach, Mom's Perfect Boyfriend has a surprising, futuristic twist that is intriguing and provocative. While I found some of the structure a little contrived (particularly the 'Rapunzel' and 'Velocirapture' stories within the story), it is nevertheless an engaging read that will make you want to keep going to the end.

The mother-daughter relationships seemed particularly realistic and Margot's Journal with its 'gratitudes' closing each entry something I suspect every daughter can imagine her own mother doing in some form or another. Providing Mom with the ‘perfect boyfriend’ after Crystal has lost her job and found her own relationship to be floundering, is a great get-out and way to find a little personal space for herself. The fact that he just happens to be an android seems surreal today – but I wonder how soon it will be a reality.

The short stories mentioned withing the plot sit rather uncomfortably with me and the idea that one might be award-winning, albeit in a niche market, seems unlikely. More unlikely than Mom’s perfect boyfriend turning out to be an android.

Fiona Maclean

A quirky, feel-good read, perfect for unwinding with this summer.

When Crystal’s long-term boyfriend goes off-grid in a quest to ‘find himself’ whilst hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, she is forced to move back home with her demanding mother. Her mom only wants what’s best for her but Crystal needs her own space and with her sister keeping a safe distance it's up to Crystal to manage her mom on her own. Maybe if her mother had a new love interest Crystal would be able to claim her life back but finding a suitable boyfriend for her mom isn’t going to be easy. He needs to be perfect. Could a trial model of the new Boople Smart Companion be the answer? How wrong could it possibly go?

This quirky, feel-good read is told as a series of texts, emails and diary entries which allow us to see events from each character's perspective. The lack of defined chapters means that the story progresses rapidly and lends itself perfectly to dipping in and out of throughout the day. Although light-hearted it is by no means shallow piffle and there were a number of occasions which left me pondering the intricacies of mother/daughter/sister relationships as well as drawing parallels with my own experiences.

I don’t know how she’s done it but Crystal Hemmingway has managed to make this unexpected story which, let's be honest, is a little bit ‘out- there’ somehow crazily believable in its own weird way. In doing so she’s created a modern, light-hearted tale, perfect for unwinding with this summer.

S. Harper

A great summer read - the story of a family spread over various States in the USA. Unusual style as all written as emails, but it really works. Loved it.

What a brilliant book. The style is unusual but I loved it - all written as emails between Stella, (the daughter with a mundane life, stuck in a rut), Lisa, another daughter (sounds like a wonderful marriage, life to be envied) and Mum - Margot - who comes across as a lonely lady who has had a hard life, has a job she is fed up with and of course is really proud of her daughters. However, she could do with a boyfriend - along comes Adam Devereux. He seems to be absolutely perfect. Is he all that he seems? Can anybody be that good? Read the book to find out!

Alison Bisping

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