Wednesday, January 18, 2012

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: The Dumpster: One Woman's Search for Love by Becky Due

Release Date: December 29th, 2010
Publisher: self-published
Page Count: 187
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Dawn Seidel, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)

Nicole, a cute, chubby, twenty-something woman, is looking for love in all the wrong places. Who would have guessed that a dumpster in the back alley below her bedroom window would hold the key to finding love?
What Stephanie Thinks: To sum up The Dumpster with a few words, I would say: quick, easy, and entertaining. Kind of how I like my men. (.......uh). It isn't just that the plot is fast-paced, but the book's pages just fly past me. Definitely something you can read in one or two sittings, or in between train transfers, or while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office.

The story itself is very cute and perky; even in times of despair, there's lots of preaching about how Nicole is really a strong, independent woman, and that even though she may have hard times, that doesn't change the fact that she's lovable and wonderful. Gooey girly stuff like that. Nicole is, as in most chick-lit books, fun and friendly—I wish I had a friend like her! She has insecurities like all of us do (man problems, moral problems, fat problems...) but she is blessed with great friends and a loving family to support her.

For most of the novel, Nicole's conflict is that she can't seem to find a guy... a guy who'll stick, anyway. She's attractive, and she's got a great personality (as her friends, her awesome partners in crime, assure her), but guys just see her for sex, as an easy lay, and it's about time she do something about it.

Enter the smelly dumpster that turns her life around, which sits right outside her bedroom window. Nicole hates it at first, but eventually it turns into a figurative "dumpster" where she can literally throw out everything that is troubling her (i.e. her "fat" clothes, her ex's clothing, and so on). The moment this idea clicked for me, I was thrilled at how Nicole was solving her own problems.

I must admit the tone of the book is rather childish—too girly, too immature—at times. There were moments I wanted to slap Nicole (she's a bit of a ditz) but she's still a good person at heart. This book is one to read when you really don't want to think too much, when you just want a good laugh (the situations Nicole gets herself into are hysterical!), or when you just need something to get you out of the dumps. Due very simply tells a pleasant story about a woman finding her true love by first finding herself, and I recommend it to all lovers of chick-lit and women's fiction.

Stephanie Loves: I love Becky Due's sense of chick humor! "Nicole thought she had gone to heaven. Frank was perfect in every way. But then he didn't ask her if she wanted any [cotton candy]. He didn't even look at her as he paid the guy and said, 'I love this stuff.'
What a jerk. He'd better share.
Frank sat next to her stuffing his face with her blue, fluffy sugar. And if that wasn't bad enough, his elbow kept bumping her breast each time he took a mouthful, reminding her of what she was missing. Then he leaned over and offered some to Mark, who passed. Frank offered it to Roxanne and she passed too. Nicole was about to have an oral orgasm when he finally offered her some. She could not believe what came out of her mouth. 'Oh, no thank you. That's a little too sweet for me.'"— LMAO. We all have our moments.

Radical Rating: 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥