“Compelling and laugh-out-loud funny. The whip-smart dialogue, sharply drawn characters and unconventional ending make it a satisfying read for anyone who is single, heartbroken, in love, or in between.” — S. Parker Ross, author of “City Zen”
“…like gossiping with your closest girlfriends over a bottomless glass of wine. The characters are well-developed and the plot oddly suspenseful. I read it in two sittings, mesmerized by Nash’s ability to illustrate a very complicated and emotional time in this young woman’s life, without pontification and with plenty of humor.” –Angela Weldon
Jordan Lockhart is a struggling artist who is 30, underemployed, oversexed, and screwed up. She’s coming off a disastrous streak of drunken night stands and dead-end relationships when she rekindles a romance with ex-boyfriend Mark Chaplin, “the one that got away.” Against her better judgment, Jordan soon finds herself falling once again for Mark, a quirky, charming, pot-smoking massage therapist. The sex is great, their chemistry is red-hot, and just when it seems that their romance might actually work this time around, Jordan discovers that Mark has also fallen in love…with his cute bisexual neighbor.
Heartbroken, Jordan seeks solace in boozing it up with her motley crew of friends: Dean, an overweight, lovelorn librarian, Genna, a banker on a perpetual search for Mr. Right, and Iris, a single mother who views parenthood as somewhere between a part-time job and a hobby. Jordan bitterly swears off men and relationships to focus on her art and her budding alcoholism. Then she meets Louis.
Louis Avery is a twenty-year-old artist and devout Catholic with movie-star looks and “an ass like Brad Pitt.” Jordan falls hard for Louis, who enjoys her affections but strives to concentrate on his paintings and remain chaste, much to Jordan’s chagrin. When Louis announces a plan to move to the wilds of Alaska to live “the natural life,” Jordan hatches a desperate, hilarious plan to convince him to stay.
“Thanks, That Was Fun” is a frantic modern love story with laugh-out-loud dialogue and compelling characters that remain with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
PLAYLIST for Thanks, That Was Fun by Andie Nash
“Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” — Jeff Buckley
“God Help the Girl” — God Help the Girl
“A Little Sugar in My Bowl” — Nina Simone
“A Question of Time” — Depeche Mode
“Trip Through Your Wires” — U2
“Dancing Barefoot” — Patti Smith
“Falling is Like This” — Ani Di Franco
“Broken Hearted Savior” — Big Head Todd and the Monsters
“Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” — Stars
“Disconnect the Dots” — Of Montreal
“Flying High Again” — Ozzy Osbourne
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Elton John
“Sunday Morning Coming Down” — Johnny Cash
“The Part You Throw Away” — Tom Waits
“Thanks That Was Fun” — Barenaked Ladies
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest spoiler free review to be posted in this blog tour.
I really don’t know where to begin. Let’s see, well…I have mixed feelings about this book. As provided in the synopsis Jordan is a sex crazy almost 30 year-old who basically has bad luck in the love department.
There are many supporting characters in this story but mainly it’s about Jordan’s path to finding herself and being happy with what she finds. The path in getting to that happy place is long and I sometimes had to stop reading out of frustration. Was it because I didn’t like it? No! Let me try to explain.
Jordan is an artist at heart. But she hasn’t perused this career and in the meantime she is focused not on herself but on her “love interests.” Every guy she gets involved with she seems to “fall” for which I did not care for. Could this happen in real life? Sure, but I thought I was too much. Mark, who she dated in the past has come back into her life and they somewhat start up where they left off. Instead of being guarded Jordan is full on “cling” mode. She leans on alcohol and drugs to numb her feelings. And the cycle continues until she meets Louis.
When Louis is introduced I had high hopes for the story. However, things don’t always turn out as planned and yet they seem to work out in the end. Louis was the man to waken Jordan up. He was the man to make her see that she was meant for more. And along with all the douchebaggery that were all the men in her past she realized she deserves better and finds her happy place.
Over all not a bad read; yes I got frustrated but I guess in the end life was just like this story. It had its ups and it had its downs and hopefully in the end it will be worth it. And the end was worth it. There were funny parts, sad parts, happy parts, cute parts, parts where I wanted to scream because I was like “damn, girl get a clue.” Nash does well with developing the characters.
I wouldn’t mind finding out what comes next in Jordan’s life.
Originally from Indianapolis (Kurt Vonnegut’s hometown), Andie Nash is the author of Thanks, That Was Fun, available on Kindle and Smashwords.
She is currently working on a sequel to Thanks, due out in early 2014.
She lives in Reno, NV with her husband and their two cats.
- Thanks, That Was Fun by Andie Nash (kygrabowski.wordpress.com)