Synopsis: "My mother once joked that my dad had wanted to name me Obedience. As if Prudence wasn't bad enough. I was not a Prudence and I never would be."
When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends … or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.
What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru goes for it.
Thus begin the adventures of Pru, who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.
Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating ride. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?
Thoughts: What a great read! It has humor, it has drama, it has romance...and it has good old-fashioned dysfunction.
I'm honestly tempted to call this a coming of age story, even though the main character is twenty-five. She's been so sheltered by her overprotective parents, who are convinced that her anxiety means she can't be a functioning member of society, that they've almost made their predictions come true.
After a fire in her apartment building forces her to move in with a neighbor, who introduces her to her friends and treats her like a normal person, Pru begins taking baby steps toward being self-sufficient.
There are romantic misunderstandings along the way, but I was very happy with the way things worked out in the end.
Oh, and I can't forget to mention her temperamental cat,Chuck (short for Upchuck!). :) I always love characters who are cat owners!
**I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are entirely my own.**
My rating: Four stars