Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid
3.75 really cute stars!!!
“She said I owned the clothes of a radiologist and the shoes of an OBGYN; which is like the medical doctor equivalent of saying that I dressed like a librarian with a propensity of fuckmeboots.”
This is my second Penny Reid book and it was a lot of fun! I had originally only read The Hooker and the Hermit, and now it’s very clear to me who wrote what in that book now that I’ve read books by both authors.
Neanderthal Seeks Human is about Janie who just broke up with her boyfriend, spilled coffee on herself, broke her shoes and got fired from her job. She is escorted out of her office building by a security guard also know to her (privately) as McHotPants. Janie is a bit socially awkward, she has a tendency to spew out random facts at the drop of a hat. But Janie is really smart, and a bit aloof as to how pretty she is. A series of chance meetings with McHotPants aka Quinn, lands Janie a new job. And that’s all I will say for now…
I really liked Quinn as a hero. He wasn’t the most decisive guy, but he seemed to really like Janie for who she was and was genuinely interested in all of her random factoids. It also took him forever to show Janie he liked her, but to be fair, she was oblivious to many things throughout the book. And I liked that about Janie, because quite honestly, it made her relatable (to me, because I am super oblivious quite a bit of the time as well).
“I decided, as I succumbed to sleep, that men should come with manuals, subtitles, and reset buttons.”
This book had fairly low angst and no over the top drama, which many of you enjoy. The one thing it really needed though was a little bit more steam and a little less fade to black.
At times I found myself laughing out loud in places I shouldn’t have. There is a very funny knitting group meeting near the end that I could not stop laughing at and had to set my kindle down before I dropped it. I also spent a lot of time reading this when I should have been doing grad work, so it’s highly addictive too.
Give it a chance! It’s a great read for when you don’t know what to read next 🙂