I just finished reading One For the Money by Janet Evanovich. I give it three out of five stars. I don’t think I’ll read any more of the series (there are several more books about the main character, Stephanie Plum), but since Evanovich is a popular author, I’m glad I tried it out.
I decided to read this book because I really liked the movie. The movie actually followed the story line pretty well. I like the chemistry between Stephanie and Morelli, which is present both in the book and the movie.
Stephanie Plum is native to New Jersey, lives in a crappy apartment, and is desperate for cash. This leads her to her cousin Vinnie, who owns a bail bond business, asking him for a job. She decides to embark on the adventure of being a bounty hunter, which is pretty hilarious, since her previous job was in lingerie. She decides to go after Joseph Morelli, a vice cop accused of murder who failed to appear in court. It also just so happens that she lost her virginity to him in high school. I’ll leave the summary there, so as not to give any spoilers.
The book is fun, but there is a lot of swearing (some people don’t mind it, of course, but I do), and there are a few scenes in the book that are much more graphic than I was expecting (violence wise).
It’s a light and quick read (I read it in two days), and pretty compelling. It’s also, I must admit, a trashy sort of book. It’s very light on intellectual content, the main character dresses like a trashy teenager, and there’s lots of swearing. It is, however, very, very funny.