Monday, May 20, 2013

Why My Love Life Sucks by Shevi Arnold

Series-The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer Book # 1


Seventeen-year-old Gilbert Garfinkle is the ultimate tech geek. He likes to take apart, figure out, and fix things, and he dreams of someday fixing the world. But now his own life has been taken apart by the one thing he'll never be able to figure out. Her name is Amber, and she's a gorgeous girl with a killer smile who wants to turn him into her platonic BFF--literally forever! It's the ultimate geek's ultimate nightmare, and it leaves Gilbert asking life's ultimate question: "Why me?"  

Why My Love Life Sucks is a funny novel about geeks, girls, gadgets, vampires, and the start of a most unlikely friendship. It's the first book in The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer, the series that proves it takes the ultimate geek to be the ultimate hero.

And here's the book trailer:



MY Review- I gave this book to my daughter to give a read first. She's 16yr old and doesn't exactly like scary books. This book was perfect for her. A paranormal edge with lots of wit and humor! Gilbert is loveable as well as sarcastic. She gave the book a 5 out of 5 stars. After she finished it, I picked it up and started reading. Let me just say as sad as Gilbert's life was, he had a wacky perspective that just kept me reading and reading. If you like quirky humor, a character with depth and just want to laugh, pick this up!

About the Author-

I've always been super geeky about comedy, fantasy and science fiction.

When I was little, I'd take them apart and analyze them, kind of like what Gilbert Garfinkle--the hero of Why My Love Life Sucks--does with electronics. This continued into my college years, when I majored in English Literature and Theater Studies.

For twelve years I worked in magazines and newspapers as an editorial cartoonist, illustrator, editor, arts-and-entertainment writer (specializing in children's entertainment and, of course, comedy), and a consumer columnist.

My last job was at the Jerusalem Post, but I had to quit when my family decided to move to New Jersey to pursue better education options for my autistic son.

This was in February 2001. Since then I've written 40 picture books and seven novels for kids and teens, four of which I've indie published. I was an ABNA quarterfinalist with Why My Love Life Sucks, and I won third place in SmartWriter's Write It Now contest in the the YA category (which was judged by Alex Flinn, the author of Beastly) for my romantic, YA ghost story, Ride of Your Life.



Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm glad you and your daughter both enjoyed this one! Sounds like an enjoyable read; love quirky and humorous characters. We're all a bit geeky in our way, so I think I'd enjoy this.

Shevi Arnold said...

Oh, my gosh, how did I forget to thank you for this? Thank you so much, LM. You're geeking awesome, but I bet you already knew that. ;)