Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.
Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love. (Goodreads synopsis)
Priscilla Glenn is such a wonderful writer. She engages the reader without dragging you along with unnecessary angst, drama and turmoil. This is lighter than her book Back To You, but in no way lacking the depth of character development and still sucks you in as a reader.
Emancipating Andie is a sweet, romantic story about letting go of using your head and following your heart. There is a great quote used from Dr. Seuss that pretty much sums up what this book is about and it was used in the beginning of the book.
“Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
I loved how Priscilla Glenn doesn’t have her characters go on and on in stages of turmoil not sure of what to say and how to say it. They don’t beat around the bush and have numerous misunderstandings that take the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. A problem arises, there is some genuine thought and consideration about it and then it is dealt with honestly and realistically.
Andie is a character that probably many readers can identify with. She has a nice life, good job, lovely home, supportive family and friends, wonderful boyfriend but just feels like something is missing in her life. She likes to be in control of things and have some order to her life. Meeting Chase helps her break down that guard. Not instantly and willingly, but it happens gradually because it was always within her waiting to emerge. He doesn’t apologize for being who he wants to be and she starts to find that freeing.
“I don’t want to spend any more time trying to make other people happy. Life is much more enjoyable when you are surrounded by people who just accept you for you.” ~Chase
The story also touches on the topic of not judging someone before you really know them. Being controlled and orderly, Andie assumes that Chase’s free spirit makes him irresponsible, callous, and self-centered. This quote resonated with me and made me think about how I too, at times, judge people’s happiness based on my own experiences and opinions.
“Because we judge people by our own standards of happiness….what makes you happy might not make that woman over there happy. But human beings have a terrible habit of thinking they know what’s best for each other.” ~Chase
Emancipating Andie is a nice, light read filled with romance, humor and self discovery. Don’t think for a moment that because it is deemed “nice and light” it’s lacking swoon worthy romance. It definitely has the elements of tension and lust-filled build-up but not the bodice ripper making you cringe. There are also pages of teasing and banter between Andie and Chase that leave you smiling and hopeful they find their happiness together. Yes, there is a boyfriend, Colin, involved, but don’t worry…there is no cheating and the story is handled realistically and honestly. I believe we all have held onto something that no longer serves us because it is comfortable. Whether it is a relationship, friendship, job, or simply afraid of trying something new, this story will remind you of being true to yourself.
“You should never ignore your instincts. You don’t have to do what other people tell you to do, but you should always do what your heart tells you.”