Book: The Tourist Attraction
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
My Rating: 3 Moose-loving Stars
I loved this book, y’all. But I’m only giving three stars, and I truly think it’s more of a “It’s not you, it’s me” situation. This book is adorable, laugh out loud hilarious, entertaining, and the list goes on. However, like NOTHING BAD HAPPENS AT ALL. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. A tragic accident or literally anything exciting or surprising, but it never happened. So, don’t let the three stars scare you away, this is a fun lighthearted read! Apparently, I just like for my lighthearted reads to have a dark side.
Zoey Caldwell has dreamed of an Alaskan vacation her whole life. So much so, that she saved all her tips from working in a small town diner and then quit said diner job just to take a two week vacation to the small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. On day one of her dream vacation she meets Graham Barnett, owner of the town’s famous diner “The Tourist Trap.” Sparks fly. But Zoey’s only got two weeks and Graham has a strict no fraternizing with tourists rule. WHAT WILL HAPPEN?????
First of all, this book is hilarious. From random sightings of Ulysses the Moose around town, to totally cliche rom-com misunderstandings. I laughed hard at this book, y’all. And Graham is the most apathetic restaurant owner I’ve ever heard of. He HATES his job, is rude to customers, only has two food items on his menu, and is apparently wildly successful despite all of this. For some reason, I really liked him. I blame it on his adorable, blind dog. Then you have Zoey, who shows up to Moose Springs with her rose colored glasses on. She’s a total nerd, she’s broke, and she obviously needs to just move to Moose Springs. Her and Graham together was a perfect match. Any Hallmark movie lovers could spot this romance brewing from a mile away.
However, like I mentioned earlier there is basically no conflict. These two are completely compatible, and Zoey is in a perfect position to move to Alaska. So the fact that most of the book is them trying NOT to fall madly in love because this relationship has a shelf life of two weeks just seemed like not enough for me. And Graham! Is his only excuse really just that he doesn’t like tourists??? I spent a lot of the story going, “Ok…so what’s the problem?”
There are more stories to be told in the town of Moose Springs, though! Will I read them? Probably. I mean, am I really going to complain because a book is too happy? Apparently, yes…a little. BUT I’m excited to return to Moose Springs for more laughs. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something happy and quick and not dramatic at all.
Krystle Goodman is a crazy cat lady, who loves to drink exorbitant amounts of coffee, and read a shocking amount of books. She lives in Benton with her husband Josh, her son Roman, and their two cats Roxanne and Abby. When she isn’t reading, you’ll find her cooking, painting, or watching true crime shows. Watch for Krystle’s book reviews every other Friday. Send fanmail to: [email protected]
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