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Mom's Perfect Boyfriend Reader Reviews

Mom's Perfect Boyfriend

Sarah Jones

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!

Claire Nethercoat

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.

Fiona Maclean

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.

S. Harper

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.

Alison Bisping

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!

Book Information

ISBN: 9781950458004
Publication date: 16th July 2019
Author: Crystal Hemmingway
Publisher: Galbadia Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages