Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.
Priscilla Glenn has a way with words. Her ability to craft a storyline is beyond remarkable and after reading Back to You last fall, I couldn’t wait to read what she wrote next. Emancipating Andie was a great story, but I will say, it didn’t offer the same punch as Back to You. Don’t for a second, though, think that takes away from this book at all. It was still amazingly well-crafted, with great layering, and the perfect amount of angst, without making you sick to your stomach. I think this is a great book for when you need a break from that kind of “I almost threw up because I can’t handle the drama” story.
Andie, scarily enough, reminded me of myself. I’m a freakish planner. A lot of times, to a fault. I cannot help it. I’m so type A, it’s scary. I would (and often try to) control the universe, if it were possible. Admittedly, sometimes I swear I’ve swayed it in my favor. haha. Becoming a mother, though, now twice, as of this week, has definitely taught me to relax a lot, though, but there are still things I can’t let go of. Those things, are very similar to Andie. I loved feeling that connection with her from the beginning. Some of the scenarios that happened, made me want to stop what I was doing, email Priscilla and ask where exactly she hid cameras in my house! :)
Chase. I fell for Chase immediately. I love the “I make no apologies for being a jerk” sort of attitude. I also loved how hard and fast he fell for this girl that was so off limits. His inner turmoil was perfectly developed. I liked that he felt bad, and tried to stay away, but at the same time, part of him was like “why the hell not.”
This book is definitely a slower build. And I really appreciated that. It’s just what I needed after quite a few insta-romances where life changes are made so quickly and drastically and without thought, it’s sometimes hard to believe. Chase and Andie’s story was different. There was so much sexual and just flat out tension. It was fantastic (Side note: I swear to all things Holy, playing the piano has never been so hot, or had me literally holding my breath). I also liked that it was a stand alone. It was nice to not have a cliffhanger, or a “what’s going to happen next” feeling. When I finished the book, I felt content. I was happy with how it all played out and my heart was content.
If you’re looking for something different from the drama so thick you’re nearly puking, cliffhangers leaving you begging for more, then this is the story for you. The writing is flawless. You will be sucked in from page one and left feeling happy with the ending. What more could you want?
The Inspiration for Emancipating Andie
It all began with a girls’ night and a few bottles of wine. (Don’t all great stories start that way?) Somehow we began discussing the topic of “celebrity freebies” and one of my good friends said of her freebie, “I would give anything to be trapped in a room with him for a week.” I didn’t think anything of it that night; in fact, I believe my blood-alcohol content at the time would only allow me to nod furiously and conjure up my own “trapped” fantasy with my celebrity freebie. (Or freebies. I may or may not have three of them. But my husband did approve them all, and that’s what counts, right?)
It was some time the next day that I started thinking about that concept, the whole “trapped for a week with someone” scenario. I understand the idea behind it: you’d love to be isolated with (insert object of fantasy here) so you can treat their body like your own personal amusement park. Totally get it. But if you look at it realistically (not the point of a fantasy, I know – I’m such a party pooper) how long could you actually keep up that charade? If you were really stranded with someone for a week, eventually, you would need a breather, right? So at some point, you would end up simply spending time together. And I thought, “Hmm, I wonder – if I
were stranded with (Robert Pattinson, Caleb Followill, or Georges St. Pierre…don’t judge me), would I still swoon for him once the ‘amusement park’ part was over?” I’m sure you would learn a lot about someone, being trapped together for an extended period of time. Would that end up fostering the crush on that person, or extinguishing it?
And then I thought, “Well, what about the reverse? What if you were stuck with someone you hated? Could that ‘trapped’ time together actually end with you liking them?” And voila, the idea for Emancipating Andie was born.
For the record, I would still chance a week trapped with one (or all) of my freebies, knowing it could very well end in disaster. Just felt I should put that out there in case any of them happen to frequent romance book blogs in their spare time.
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Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Emancipating Andie is Glenn’s second novel. She is also the author of the contemporary romance/young adult crossover, Back to You.