Friday, September 11, 2015

When Malcolm Met Joanna

Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelley
: April 28, 2015 by Blank Slate Press
I don't really remember why I wanted to review this book in the first place. Sadly, even worse than that, I don't even really remember agreeing to review it. Which is why it's almost impressive knowing just how much I enjoyed my time with it.

This book calls itself When Harry Met Sally for the Millennial generation, and I think it encapsulates that pretty clearly. Joanna and Malcolm go through the book as friends with a will they/won't they type of relationship. It's one of those stories that makes you want to shake them, because if either one ever just said what they were thinking life would be a lot less complicated. There would also be a lot less book, but still... Even though you have to know how things will end up, you can't help enjoying the road there.

As for the Millennial generation aspect, once again, I think it's spot on. Joanna so perfectly captures the person you know with so much potential, yet unable to figure out exactly what they want or how to get there.

The book is also a bit quirky, which I found kind of adorable. I loved the chapter titles, which were a few words from the chapter within. Each time I finished a chapter I had to go back and look at the title just to see what passage was selected from the words to come.

I feel like this book is a bit of a hidden gem, one that doesn't quite fit it's cover. It isn't one I would have imagined falling for, yet I'm so glad I gave it a chance.


Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Don't you just love it when you discover hidden gems like this?! I'm so glad it was such a great surprise.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. It sounds delightful. Adding it to my TBR list.

  3. This sounds like such a great book. I'm looking forward to checking it out.