Monday, August 29, 2022

Review of The Accidental Text by Becky Monson


Wrong number. Right guy?

Once upon a time, Maggie Cooper lived for adventure. Jumping out of planes was child’s play. Now she can’t even work up the nerve to ask out her coworker. For a bit of self-therapy, she begins to text her recently deceased mother’s phone—the only problem is that the number has been reassigned and for weeks she’s been unknowingly texting a stranger her deepest thoughts and feelings. There have also been some not-so-deep texts, like the ones about her appreciation for her coworker’s butt.

When Chase Beckett, the unsuspecting stranger who has more in common with Maggie than he’d like to admit, texts back, Maggie is beyond mortified. But message after message and night after night, Maggie realizes that Chase’s wit, charm, and advice are exactly what the doctor ordered. Is it enough, though, to get her back up in the sky? And what about her heart? Can she risk taking a leap of faith for the man on the other end of her accidental texts?

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**My thoughts**
This book made me laugh. It made me cry. I even ugly cried a couple of times and still sniffled for a little while after I finished.

This is actually a good thing.

I've been reading Becky Monson from the very beginning. And I think this is her best book to date.

If you're looking for your traditional boy-meets-girl romantic comedy, then this isn't going to be the book for you.

This one is full of feelings - all of those beautiful and ugly feelings that go along with losing your mom, especially if you were close to her. The discord in her family - that really happens. The confusion of feelings, losing yourself, and even moving on - this all happens. Everyone experiences grief in a different way, and I thought these characters captured a lot of those differences. I recognized someone I knew in every single one of them. 

I think a lot of the naysayers in other reviews simply have not gone through this process. So if you haven't, it may be a bit harder to understand.

For me, I feel seen.

I love it when I can really emotionally connect with a story. And I don't need all of my romances to be insta-love and steamy. To me, it is just as sexy - if not more so - to truly connect with another person's soul and grow from there.

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