"'Charisse, a good man is like Santa Claus, believing in him feels real good until you find out he doesn't really exist.'" (Page 1)
Brady's debut novel uses a lot of colloquial language and delves into the wrong relationships of her characters through journal entries and flashbacks, but readers may not feel a connection to Charisse right off. She's a bristly, independent woman on the one hand, but a dependent, lonely woman on the other. Like all of us, Charisse has her strengths and her weaknesses, but she seems to have a hard time recognizing the obvious and in many ways she goes off the deep end.
"No, to me, spying on a boyfriend was not only justified, it was a requirement. Hey, I keep it real. To ask me not to spy on a scheming boyfriend would be like asking a lion not to hunt, a dog not to bark, or babies not to throw up. 'Verification' was an instinctive to me (and all womankind), as giving birth." (Page 61)
As she makes the decision to focus on herself and analyze her past relationship failures to improve her relationship capabilities, she stumbles upon the man of her "dreams," Dwayne, shortly after breaking it off with Marcus. Things are soon spiraling out of control for Charisse when past flames reappear and past mistakes rear their ugly heads.
"I hoped she wasn't crazy. For some reason, I'd always attracted crazy people. Not eccentric crazy, but wear aluminum foil as a fashion accessory crazy. They always shared their life stories with me. Did I have an inviting demeanor or a friendly face? Perhaps. Although I had a deep-rooted fear that crazy people might just be naturally drawn to other crazy people, which would make me one of them." (Page 122)
The Bum Magnet has a lot of drama, and Charisse attracts it like wildfire. Readers will either enjoy the roller coaster ride or wonder when they can get off. Brady has an active imagination and the dialogue will have readers giggling. Brady's writing is entertaining and has great potential.
FTC Disclosure: Thanks to K.L. Brady for providing me with a free copy of The Bum Magnet for review. Clicking on title and image links will lead you to my Amazon Affiliate page; No purchase necessary, though appreciated.
K. L. Brady is a D.C. native but spent a number of her formative years in the
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