As I mentioned in My Life: Our Perfect Getaway this is the book that I brought with me to read while in Michigan. It was the perfect book to read while on my vacation! Such a cute book in so many ways. Absolutely loved it. I’m so excited to share this gem with you!
Full disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to read and review for my blog. All opinions are my own.
Giveaway details will be given at the bottom of this post!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The words of thirty-five-year-old David Melman’s Jewish grandmother still haunt him. He’s scared to settle down. Instead, he dates twenty-something pop stars that he meets through his celebrity-branding business. But when his niece and nephew inform him that he’s hit “rock bottom” with his latest inappropriate relationship, David realizes that change might be in order-so when his sister Marcy, with her own ulterior motive, pushes him to take a film-writing class taught by her friend Laurel, he agrees.
Will writing a movie about a childhood visit to his grandparents in Florida, an unforgettable driving lesson, and a 1977 Cadillac bring David love? Luck? Or both?
Alternating between David’s present-day life and his past through his movie script, Chuckerman Makes a Movie is a romantic comedy blended with a comedic coming-of-age.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
This book is ADORABLE. Francie Arenson Dickman told this story and tied the characters together in such unique ways! I’ve never seen an author use such a variety of means to tell a story and I absolutely loved how she did it. Brilliant.
The characters were extremely colorful and I was equally invested in the “flashback” story as well as the “current” story. This rarely happens for me, usually I prefer one story over the other but this was not the case with this book! I felt myself smiling many times throughout the story and actually did laugh out loud at times as well.
This was such an easy, quick read that anyone (male or female) would enjoy. Lighthearted, funny, adorable, hilarious, heartwarming…I could go on and on. You’ll love it!
I truly enjoyed this one and I can’t wait to read whatever Francie writes next!
This book could not be more adorable.
A Conversation with Francie Arenson Dickman, in her own words:
Briefly give a description of your book:
Chuckerman Makes a Movie tells the story of David Melman (aka “Chuckerman”), a mid-30s fragrance king who, by all accounts, needs some help in the relationship department. When his sister Marcy suggests a screenwriting class taught by her friend Laurel (aka “the Mormon Rodeo”), David tentatively agrees. Laurel urges Melman to write about his heirloom 1977 Cadillac. The project soon conjures recollections from a pivotal family vacation when he was ten, visiting his grandparents’ Miami Beach condominium building. As romance ensues in the present day and classmates wager on Melman’s relationship with the instructor, his script progresses in a parallel fashion. Ultimately, Melman’s coming-of-age bildungsroman screenplay is the catalyst he needs to move forward in his own life.
How did you create the idea for your book?
Chuckerman has a dual plot line, so it has dual inspiration: David Melman was inspired by my brother and a friend in New York who were both single for a very long time; David’s movie was inspired by the decades-worth of Christmas vacations I spent in my grandparents’ Miami Beach condominium building.
What audience would be most interested in your book?
Readers who are drawn to fast-paced, funny stories about family. Chuckerman is both romantic comedy and a comedic coming-of-age, but at it’s heart it’s a family story.
Use 3 adjectives to describe your book:
Funny, endearing, and entertaining.
Any additional information that you would like to provide about you or your book:
Called one of the ten best New Books to Take on Your Next Adventure by Parade Magazine and one of the Must-Read Books for Fall by Our Favorite Female Authors by Ms. Career Girl.
Would you like a chance to win an autographed copy of this adorable story?
I have TWO autographed copies of Chuckerman Makes a Movie: A Novel (affiliate) to give away!
The autographed books will be mailed directly to the winners from the author (US only for this giveaway).
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Giveaway will end Friday morning (11/9) at 6:00 am CDT and winner will be randomly chosen and announced in Friday morning’s blog post. Make sure you check back on Friday to see if you’ve won! If you already follow and/or subscribe to my blog, you are still eligible…just leave a comment below to be entered 🙂
Good luck! Can’t wait to read your comments! (PS…I always bring grapes to the movies and my husband always makes fun of me for it).