2 out of 4 stars
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Randy Love...at your service by Shay Carter is a story that follows the young, and egocentric Randy Love as he navigates life, struggles to find a decent housing situation, gets chained down by the demands of a relationship, and tries to impress his family and friends. All the while he goes to great lengths to do as little work as possible, and maybe save a little money along the way. Randy, feeling the pressure from his family to go back to college and become successful, moves out of his father’s house to survive on his own. This is where all his hardships begin, and he finds out that planning ahead and thinking of others is more important than he first thought.
This book was a light read and was filled with humor from the charismatic Randy Love. I liked the character depth and growth, and you can definitely tell the author put time and thought into each character. I also liked how there was a lot of detail that was put into the story when describing the characters and other events so the reader was never confused on what the situation was.
Something that I didn’t like was the repetitiveness of some of the situations. Most of the book was Randy moving in and out of apartments for the same reasons and going to bars. I know this is meant to reflect on the character’s hardships or bad choices and decision making, but it also makes for a boring story. There also was not a climax that was noteworthy or anything interesting that happened that made me feel invested in the story. I also wish that the lessons in this book weren’t so elementary, or that the events leading up to the ending were not so rushed.
I would rate this book 2 out of 4 stars because there were some grammatical errors, and the story was too slow and uneventful, but I did enjoy the characters and humor in the book. I thought that the author could have improved the story by adding in a few more situations that weren’t so ordinary to match the main character’s not so ordinary personality and humor.
Generally speaking, I did not enjoy the book, but I did like some aspects of it. I think that mature readers or people who like super relaxed reads would enjoy this book, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to readers who want a more eventful story.
Randy Love...at your service
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