The Actor and the Housewife

The Actor and the Housewife

A Novel

Book - 2009
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What happens when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything? Mormon housewife Becky Jack--seven months pregnant with her fourth child--is about to find out when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2009.
ISBN: 9781596912885
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Actor & the housewife.


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FPL_ElizabethC Mar 04, 2020

When Utah housewife and mother of 3.5, Becky, sells her screenplay and just happens to meet heart-throb British actor, Felix, at the contract meeting, sparks fly and the stage is set (literally) for a romantic-comedy. Or is it? Shannon Hale twists expectations and explores the nature(s) of love in this genre-defying story of friendship and marriage.

Oct 14, 2013

A delightful story with unexpected twists and great dialogue. After reading stacks of Christian romance novels that were impressively heavy-handed with their treatment of the characters' religious beliefs, _The Actor and the Housewife_ came as a lovely surprise, dealing with religion calmly and without beating me over the head. As another reviewer pointed out, the story does start to drag about halfway through, but the writing style pulled me on, and I found in the end that the slow parts helped emphasize Hale's theme of friendships that last through thick and thin.

Kaytee33 Sep 03, 2013

I found this book very funny, but then I gave up about half-way through because nothing was happening with the plot!

Aug 07, 2013

This was a sweet chick lit book unlike anything else I've read. And I liked it a lot, but I didn't love it. Becky, the main character, is believable, though not relatable (for me, anyway). Felix, the actor in question, is a bit more plot point than character, but given that Becky's eyes are how we see the world, that seems appropriate.

The setup is charming, and my biggest happy point about this novel is that it seriously address the age-old question: "can a man and a woman REALLY just be friends?". It does this respectfully, realistically, and just for fun, also pits an opposites attract type situation. The drama centers around this question, though there's plenty of standard Shannon Hale-esque quips and dialogue funnies.

I felt that the religious aspect was a bit heavy-handed, and made Becky rather naive as an adult woman, though I understand the need to represent a faith of some sort for her to rely on at key moments in the book. I also recognize that, as someone who isn't Christian (let alone Mormon!), I can be super sensitive about a faith system being brought up repeatedly in a book. Regardless, there were about 5 pages at the end that I skimmed over because I couldn't take any more "aha! God's plan is all so clear to me now!" talk (epiphany, good....epiphany that takes 3 pages to squee out makes your character look like an idiot who never questioned anything in her life).

Overall, it was a well-balance piece of chick lit, with plenty of heart. I recommend this book for fans of that sort of novel, and anyone who has ever wondered "What if George Clooney and I met and hit it off platonically?"

wabluedaisy Jun 24, 2012

I love, loved this story!!! You literally laugh and cry and go WOW throughout! It was interesting to see he the lives where changed and perspectives altered. I would love to see a sequel!!!

RubyBananas Oct 10, 2011

There is something about this book that tries way too hard to be funny, but I will give it this - it goes in unexpected directions multiple times. Overall though, it was terribly cheesy.

Jun 26, 2011

This is a wonderful story that reminds you of how fortunate we are have our spouses and/or our best friends in our lifes.

May 10, 2010

such a great book! kept me busting my gut through the whole thing, but at the same time feeling sadness in some parts.

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