Thursday, June 12, 2014

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You by T.M. Franklin

Happy Release Week!

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You

by T.M. Franklin

1. Join the Drama Club
2. Do Your Research
3. Provide Something She Needs
4. Make Her Feel Secure and Important
5. Pay Attention!
6. Be a Good Friend
7. Be More Attractive
8. Be Complimentary, But Not Obsequious
9. Establish Rapport
10. Be Encouraging and Supportive
11. Give Her Space
12. Admit When You’re Wrong and Apologize
13. Find the Perfect Birthday Gift
14. Tell Her How You Feel

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

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Kathie's Review:

Took me a while to write this review...because I wanted to find the best words to use to sum up how wonderful this book is. 

I can't tell you how many times I laughed, right out loud. I was constantly nodding my head at the situations these teenage characters found themselves in. I have a daughter in high school drama...and this reads REAL.

Oliver and his lists. I loved them. He had plans for everything, including how to win Ainsley's heart. I think this book should be mandatory reading for all young males. See that list up there? Yes, that's how to be a friend...a boyfriend. Well, not ALL of the things on the list, but enough that they should be posted in every middle school and high school hallway. 

There's a scene that mentions CraigsList that made me laugh so hard, I scared the puppy sitting on my lap! Oh my gosh. REVENGE at it's sweetest!

I also loved the side theme of his parents and their relationship. And Oliver's relationship with Hank was a joy.

I enjoyed the main characters very much, but the supporting cast certainly added a depth to this story that made the reading even more enjoyable. Viney, Hank...Sherlock! Yes, Oliver's brother's name is SHERLOCK HOLMES. He was so much fun, too. 

Yes, this wonderful book made me laugh...and then Ms. Franklin made me cry. There's silliness, there's growth of characters, there's sorrow, and there's joy. THIS is what one reads books for. Thank you, Ms. Franklin, you are amazing!

*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read this book

Ainsley is available now!

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.

In addition to MORE, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology. The sequel to MORE, The Guardians, will be released November 7, 2013.

Connect with T.M. Franklin
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  1. Replies
    1. You are very welcome. This was such a JOY to read!

  2. This sounds really cute, and it has tons of good reviews on Goodreads. I'll definitely check it out!