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Today, we're playing host to a tour via Pump Up Your Book Promotions. It stars a unique read that will make you glad it was her not you in the situations encountered....though don't be surprised if you see more of yourself than you at first believed possible! Without further ado, today's blog tour guest and book of choice is....
About the book....
Have you ever felt like even Mother Theresa has got more game than you?
If you have, you'd be in the same boat as geeky, awkward metalhead Nova Porter.
Bad Taste In Men follows Nova from her prepubescent years through young adulthood and her attempts at getting dudes to dig her.
Juggling self-esteem issues, small town outsider status, and questionable taste in guys, Nova is looking for love in all the wrong places - like the food court at the mall. Nova's circle of friends and her strange(ly) endearing family more than make up for what her love life lacks.
Along the way, Nova alternately plays the roles of hero and villain, mastermind and stooge; picking up far more valuable life lessons than numbers for her little black book.
One part chick lit for tomboys and one part Freaks and Geeks for kids who came of age in the mid-'90s, Bad Taste In Men is loaded (like a freight train) with pop cultural references and crude humor.
From getting laughed at by your crush to being stood up (twice!) by a guy with one eye, Bad Taste In Men showcases the humor and humiliation that accompanies the search for love (or at least "like") as a small-town teenage outcast, managing to wring heart-warming sweetness from angsty adolescent memories - and jokes about barf and poop.
Okay, I gotta say it, this was quite the read!
It takes us from childhood to womanhood in 350+ pages flat. Its no holds barred approach to the narration of her life, leaves you bluntly in the middle of each scene as you try to make it out "alive". How so? Well, it's not truly your life that is threatened but your ability to read it with a straight face. It's actually quite sweet AND funny! From the start, we are treated to her mother's explanation of what it means to be gay, followed by a rousing laymen's terms look at childbirth. If you manage not to laugh, chuckle, or at the very least smile at some point ....it'd be a miracle, but not to worry because you will! Trust me. ^-^
In conclusion, I was drawn to this book initially as much for the story as for the location (only an hour outside my hometown!); never hurts to place you a little closer to the happenings happening. I'd recommend it's sassy nature for adult readers for the content as well as its freeness language wise. To me, it's a fiction work that reads much like a nonfiction perfect for those not normally drawn to the genre. It tells the story of a life well lived....but with color; something we can all use now and then.
About the author....
Lana Cooper was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently resides in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University, she doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio. Cooper has written extensively on a variety of pop culture topics and has been a critic for such sites as PopMatters and Ghouls On Film. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a leading nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. Cooper enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, books with lots of words and no pictures, and avoiding eye-contact with strangers on public transportation. "Bad Taste In Men" is her first full-length novel.
Special thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this tour, title, author, or the host themselves, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time....happy reading!