Reviewer Candace Lybarger: Candace is a young wife, mother, and lover of all books. She received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. Candace taught 3rd grade until an opportunity presented itself where she could work from home and be with her toddler. In addition to spending time with her family, Candace enjoys reading, music, history, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Her perfect day in a nutshell would be sitting in the sun with a book...or two!
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Alexandrea Weis' Diary of a One Night Stand could easily be placed in both the romance and chick lit genres. Kara, the main character, is a forty something year old wife and mother with a great law career. On the outside looking in, it appears that Kara has the perfect life. However, after her husband, Cal, has emergency heart surgery, Kara begins to feel a detachment in her marriage. After months of unhappiness, bickering, and going through the motions in order to keep the status quo, Kara meets Scott Ellsworth. Scott is the playboy (or playman) of New Orleans, with a bedpost full of notches. Scott quickly sets his eyes on Kara as his latest conquest. Kara makes a hard decision and feels that she deserves one night, and one night only, of passion with a stranger. However, she soon realizes that for her there are no such thing as one night stands.
Weis did a great job in
setting up the love triangle in Diary of a One Night Stand. I
feel that Weis wanted readers to have trouble deciding who Kara
should be with. At first I really disliked Cal. He was a
bully with a bad temper, a workaholic, and a middle aged man who had
for all intents and purposes 'let himself go.' In the beginning
Scott was a breath of fresh air. He was handsome, respectful,
and intelligent. However, as the book progressed I began to be
Team Cal for many reasons. It was very hard for me to get past
the fact that Kara was married with a child and had vowed to be with
Cal through sickness and in health.
I found it interesting how Kara's mother, Helen, had always bad mouthed Cal (who she not so affectionately nicknamed 'The Ogre.') For years it was the same thing: Helen disliked Cal and Cal detested Helen; neither of them were afraid to let Kara know precisely how they felt about the other. However, I was very surprised to see the role Helen played in Kara and Cal's marriage towards the end of the book. Cal began calling Helen for advice and Helen quickly saw that Cal did indeed love Kara. During a particularly heated conversation between Kara and her mother, Helen said, "The ones that stick around after everythin' has become routine are the good ones. I was never fortunate enough to find one of those men, but you found one in Cal. The guy left holdin' your hand when life turns to shit is the man you should give your heart to...when you know your child is makin' the same mistakes you did, you step in. That's what I'm doin', Kara...You think long and hard about the life you're gonna have with that rich man, and then you think about what you gave up with the ogre." (Weis 222-223) To me this conversation really pointed out to me how astute Helen was. Helen was far from the greatest mother in the world, but she began to pull herself together once Kara was an adult. Helen's advice made me realize that she did love her daughter and wanted her to have what she herself failed to maintain- a life long partner who loved her.
The end of Diary of a One Night Stand really threw me for a loop. I did not see the ending coming at all and was really blown away! I actually wish that there would have been one or two more chapters at the end because Weis really left me wanting more! I also enjoyed how Kara came full circle and was able to finally find true happiness and contentment. Diary of a One Night Stand is definitely different from your typical romance book, instead it revolves around Kara, Cal, their daughter, and Scott. Finally, I enjoyed feeling the anger, happiness, sadness, and confusion that Weis' characters felt. Alexandrea Weis' Diary of a One Night Stand is definitely a book that I recommend, it is a great read.
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