Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.
Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local cafe where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts that in his face-to-face conversation.
When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.
Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?
Check Me Out is a contemporary romance—with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac—that reminds us to never judge a book by its cover.
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
I started getting into this fun story on Bookshelf's ebook then it ended because it was a sample! I will try again when the full book is available :)
So much fun! I absolutely loved this book! This was my first time reading a Becca Wilhite book, but it definitely won't be the last! It starts with an adorable cover, and from the first page doesn't disappoint. I, personally, want to move into the old library the main character wants to save. I loved the description, and the situation was believable. What made it fun was the hint of Cyrano de Bergerac. I loved Wilhite's twist on the classic tale, and her humor was refreshing and fun. Some may not like how the character acted, but I feel it was honest and showed a beautiful arc in her development. A fabulous and fun read!
So glad there are authors out there who write clean, fun stories like this!
This was a really fun read that I enjoyed. The catchy t-shirt phrases and Greta's relationships with both Mac and Will are fun. It also brings to light what I feel are issues cities are facing with libraries. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending just yet but I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially romantic-book-lovers.
This book was so much fun! I loved the plot, I loved Greta and I really loved all of the twists and turns she had to take on the way to her happily ever after.
Greta's character was so great! You see the whole story through her eyes, and that works for this book. I still wish I knew what Will or Mac were thinking through some of it, but...it wouldn't have worked as well. Greta is so passionate about books and the library in general. I loved the way she would go through the old papers and all of the people in them become so real to her. I was so happy that she was able to figure out what happened to some of those people. I also loved that she was able to work hard to save the library and learn a really big lesson throughout the whole thing.
Will is Greta's best friend. I loved the way he was so in tune with her that he pretty much always knew what she needed. I kind of felt bad for the way Greta and sometimes others would talk about him, he seemed like a really great guy! He always goes out of his way to do things for her and get her the best birthday gifts.
Enter Mac. I had to laugh at the way Mac was presented as Greta's 24th birthday present. But there were many things about him that just seemed off. I kept wondering just how Greta couldn't see the things that weren't quite right, but she never seemed to.
I can't tell you much more without giving something away. There were so many things that I loved about this book! Can't wait for more from this author!
2.5 stars, rounding up
This a tough book to review. I'm not sure where to start.
I'll start with the cover. I love it. Easily one of my favorites. It makes me happy just looking at it because I love books and reading and libraries hold a special place in my heart. I have so many good memories that revolve around libraries and reading. Which is one thing I love about the main character, Greta. She works in a library that is in danger of closing. Greta is a fantastic supporter of books, reading and her library. She works feverishly to save the library she loves. It is, by far, her best redeeming quality. I loved her library tweets. It made me wonder if my library does that! I want to be a library tweeter!
I think my hangups might be because this book is told from Greta's point of view only. It becomes a bit tedious hearing all about Greta and how she views everyone and everything. Aside from her job at the library, Greta is very self centered. At least she comes across that way. It's all about what everyone else can do for her or how they make her feel. There isn't anything about Greta being a good friend to Will or doing kind things for him. She doesn't even do nice things for Mac. It's all about what he can do for her. It's so very one sided. I had such a hard time liking Greta and unfortunately, it's hard to love a book when you just don't like the main character very much.
I think there were many attempts at humor in this book that just sort of fell flat for me. Especially when those attempts at humor came at the expense of someone else. I did love the scene where Greta literally sews herself into her dress. That was funny to imagine.
I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed. This book isn't a make or break deal for me, I'll be back to her future books. She has a such an easy writing style that I love. It's easy to settle in with her words.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
I'm glad I kept reading to the end, because the beginning was a bit rough. I loved the aged library setting and Greta's passion for her job as a librarian. Being in her head however, was a bit of a trip. There was a lot of random information passing through her narrative that showed her personality and life and seemed like they were supposed to be sassy/snarky/quirky, but I have to admit it was rather annoying and I began skimming. Her thoughts about Mac and his hotness were so shallow... and she completely embraced that shallowness in her own thoughts on more than one occasion. Flawed and totally frustrating.
Greta has an amazing friend in Will, but because he's fat, he's stuck in the friends-only zone. She laments about how others don't give him a fair shot or the attention he deserves because of his appearance, and is self-righteously defensive of him. Hypocrite, much? Other thoughts of hers come across as judgemental, but right when I get fed up, other redeeming qualities come forth- her work in bringing local history to light by organizing and digitizing forgotten scraps, letters, and photos. Her focus on fundraising to save the library from budget cuts. Her activism in standing up for the library on social media and in other... attention-grabbing ways. Her SLOW realization that Will is supportive in all the right ways, and Mac is coming up short.
By the last third of the book I was invested in the outcome- it's obvious that Will is the words behind Mac, but the way Greta finds out was a little belated, and then it's Will who is the villain. But honestly, as much as Will is a good friend to her- is she a good friend to him? I wish the author would have made Greta more likeable by showing the ways she supports Will and is there for him in his life, besides letting him be her friend. Maybe because it's written in first person, it comes across as "the Greta show" but I don't think that's just it. The way it's written, I think she comes across as self-centered and selfish, but would never see herself that way. Even in the end, when she forgives Will and decides to "try" a romantic relationship, it's about the words he tells her, not what she feels for him.
Some other secondary characters were interesting and I think the book would have benefited from exploring them a bit more, or at least making them a bit more three-dimensional- Greta's mother, Marigold- the young hippie, Mr. Greenwood- the neighborhood hoarder, and the other librarians- Julie, Bonita, and Kevin.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I don’t think there is any book in The Proper Romance Collection that could be bad! This book was so cute, and so entertaining.
Greta works in a Library, that is facing extinction. She is putting all her efforts into way to save her beloved library. There is just something so magical about libraries. I have to admit I don’t check out from libraries, but sitting in them is magical.
This is a book that had a lot of “oh my gosh, how stupid are you” moments coming out of my mouth, and then the next sentence would be “oooohhhhhh”. Wilhite brought out a lot of emotions for me in this beautiful, and passionate love story.
Gretta had a great passion for her work, and her friends. Especially Will. He has always been her saving grace in every stage of life.
The ONLY thing I didn’t like about this book was how often Will was referred to as “large”. I wish we could only meet people through knowing their heart first before ever actually seeing them. There would be a lot less judgment in the world. Being a good person is what we should all be, and Will was a great example of that.
Having said all that, Will is by far my most favorite character in this book. He is one of the most swoon worthy men I have read about in a long time. He has so much love to give, he is kind, he is compassionate, and he is a poet…. mmmmmm.
There are moments in this book when I wanted to throw my book, but had to see what was going to happen next, so I had to wait 😊.
Pick this book up, you won’t regret it. It was a pleasure reading from beginning to end.