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Randy Love... at your service by Shay Carter
This book starts off in Sussex, England and follows the life of Randy Love; a fun-loving, self-centered and commitment-phobic man who prefers to take life easy at all costs. Randy Love is the last, and unexpected, child of John and Majorie Love who already had two grown children in college at the time of his conception. Many years later Majorie Love dies in her sleep leaving Jon Love to raise their child alone.
Unlike his older brother, who becomes a lawyer, and his older sister, who is an architect. Randy walks away from university and opts to seek fun and quick money instead. He moves from house to house and job to job simply because he doesn't want to be tied down to a rental agreement or a contract that would somehow claim control over him. Oftentimes when the pressure arose for him to sign a rental agreement, he would literally wake up before the sun to get in his car and leave as soon as possible without detection, oftentimes leaving a majority of his possessions behind.
When there was pressure for him to sign a full-time contract at work, he would leave the job altogether and look for something else. Eventually, after a while, he does take short courses to improve his job prospects and help him stay in London where he feels he will have the most fun and meet a lot of girls that would match him in good looks. He is very good at getting girls to like him but he doesn't like it when they stay too long. He is basically a love-them-and-leave-them kind of guy, much to his father's disappointment.
His family always hope that he would meet a girl that would make him settle down and be stable and when Randy meets Nicky they think that he might have found her but Randy can't stand her. Randy thinks that she is too talkative and controlling and does everything in his power to be rid of her. When she does finally leave, he feels like he has his life back. He goes back to his life of debauchery with his friends only to find that it is not as he thought it would be so he asks a family friend for advice and this advice helps him see where he went wrong. He realizes that Nicky was actually the girl he has needed this whole time and actually gets punched in the face in an attempt to win her back. It's quite funny.
I thought this book was well edited, I did not find any spelling or grammar errors. The author is kind enough to put explanations for all the Brittish slang that we may not be familiar with in the back. I rate this book a 3 out of 4 ; because although it was well-written and even comical, it did drag a bit making it take longer than usual for me to finish but otherwise it was a good read.
Randy Love...at your service
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