I will meet you on Wednesdays at noon in Celebration Park. Kissing only. I won’t touch you below the shoulders. You can touch me anywhere. No dating, no hookups. I will meet with you for as long as you meet me, so if you miss a Wednesday we part as strangers. No picture necessary, we can settle details via IM. Replay back with “Wednesdays Only” in the subject line.
30-45 year old Carrie West is happy with her life. She is a librarian; something that she knew she wanted to be since the young age of seven. She is an only child, content with the love and affections of her parents. She has good friends that have moved on to the next stage of their lives but that doesn’t bother her. She doesn’t feel left behind. Maybe sometimes though she wishes she could have passion. Something that would fill her up inside.
Unable to sleep one night she browses through online ads and comes across one that greatly intrigues her. Wednesdays only. The ad calls to her, she responds and anxiously awaits the reply. When one comes, she is introduced to Brian and they agree to meet next Wednesday.
When Wednesday comes and the two meet.
I turn to him, putting my umbrella on the table, arranging the pleats in my skirt over my knees, the hem of my sweater over my hips, fussing as though I’m settling into a church pew with my mother instead of a park bench with a superhot stranger who shortly will introduce his tongue into my mouth. Probably.
Sparks fly but when Carrie dares to suggest more she is quickly shut down. Left floundering, several days pass before Carrie works up the nerve to IM Brian. He answers and tries to explain why thing have to be the way they are. His life is too full for a relationship. He doesn’t have it in him to seek out more. Both Carrie and Brian recognize the fragile, special thing they have started but neither one knows if they have what it takes to keep it going.
That is just a short synopsis of the first half of the book. The second half isn’t a big spoiler but I feel like it will translate better if you read it yourself. Brian’s secret isn’t hard to figure out but watching him struggle becomes a real life thing and it is something so many of us can identify with. Ms. Rivers has taken a difficult, emotional subject and done a touching job with putting it down in words.
The Story Guy came highly recommended from Mandi at Smexybooks and Ruthie Knox, both of whom I trust when it comes to books. The book is a little over 100 pages and generally I find it hard to connect with a novella. I never think there is enough time to get into the meat of the story. By 12% I was head over heels dragged into this story. The writing is so complex and layered that I had to force myself to turn the pages slowly and read each sentence carefully. There is so much depth and meaning behind each phrase that the story felt like something far more than novella length. This was a complete love story, romance at its best. Sometimes when I read a book I wish I had better words to describe how it made me feel. The Story Guy happens to be one of those books. So instead of reading me ramble on about how amazing it is, just go buy it yourself. I promise you won’t regret it. Final grade- A
No real food, no wine. No cats. No plants. No good music, no housekeeping. It’s like the saddest version of Goodnight Moon ever.