Sunday, 12 February 2017

Guest Review: Ivy Feckett Is Looking For Love by Jay Spencer Green

Ivy Feckett Is Looking For Love by Jay Spencer Green
Self published on July 28th 2016.

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Guest review by Harry Whitewolf
Harry Whitewolf is a poet of contemporary cutting-edge pop prose and a storyteller of true crazy travelling tales that read like fiction. I have enjoyed both his travel memoirs (my reviews here) so was delighted when Harry agreed to share this one of his reviews on Literary Flits. You can find out more about Harry and his writing on his own website,

Harry's rating: 5 of 5 stars

When brainiac nerds and smooth-talking power players meet up, there's no telling what can happen. In the case of Ivy Feckett, what happens is a nonstop romp of wry, quirky fun.
Bookish Ivy's cluelessness is as endearing as it is comical, from the first peek into her random sexual fantasies to the moment she realizes that her boss, the rich, handsome Ned Hartfield, is a serial manipulator with "wealth-induced Asperger's." Her search for love may not go as smoothly as her search for geocaches, but its route through awkward hookups, clumsy intrigue, and fake evangelicals is both hilarious and touching.
Told with a tone that's pitch-perfect, Ivy Feckett is Looking for Love is a nerds-against-the-patriarchy romantic comedy that will tickle the inner geek of even the most sophisticated reader.

Harry says: "Ivy Feckett is Looking For Love is a romance book for people who don’t like reading romances, but it’s a helluva lot more as well.

This second novel from Jay Spencer Green confirms how much of a superbly talented author he is. In fact, he’s fast becoming one of my favourite fiction writers. His work is so engrossing that one doesn’t even stop to ponder at how expertly executed it is. It’s a world of completeness with relatable characters, a strong story and a lot of fun and funniness.

This book is more mellow and sentimental than his debut, and there’s a constant running humour throughout but it’s not as in-your-face and laugh-out-loudish as ‘Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s’, and that’s not a bad thing, as it shows how adept the author is at maintaining the right feel for a particular story.

There were maybe a couple of bits that I didn’t feel worked, or were needed (the dog’s point of view, for instance) but I know I’m only nitpicking because the rest of the book is so flawless.

The author also has a brilliant knack for making the subplot become a main plot where by the end, you realise that what felt like a cosy romcom is actually also a brilliant send up of religion and a deeply philosophical treatise (which occasionally reminded me of Mick Farren’s ‘The Texts of Festival’ and Luke Rhinehart’s ‘Adventures of Whim’).

Funny, endearing and completely engrossing, this Brummie romance is one I definitely recommend to yow."

Thank you Harry!

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