Drunk Dial - Penelope Ward
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
My headspace when starting this book was a little light-hearted. I mean, "Drunk Dial" means instant hilarity, right? And while there is a LOT of humor in this story, the thing that knocked me back into the dirt was the utter rawness. To quote [b:Illidan|26721433|Illidan (World of Warcraft, #14)|William King|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1446533087s/26721433.jpg|46751663], I was not prepared.
Both of our main characters are deeply flawed people. Rana and Landon knew each other in their early teens, then lost touch for 13 years when Rana's family moved away. She never forgot him, and one night after a particularly trying day, she finds his number and drunk dials him.
Rana is immediately mortified - after her initial verbal diarrhea that is, and they end up having a short, but meaningful conversation. Turns out Landon never forgot her either. The problem is that they live hundreds of miles apart, so the phone is their only connection present-day.
Landon and Rana start an amazing friendship via text & phone calls, which escalates when Rana gets some alarming news. They end up in the same place at the same time, and it means some things that each of them has been hiding from one another come to light - literally. (No OW/OM cheating btw)
At first they can only be together in person for a short time, and it's problematic. They're becoming more and more attached to each other. But there are things that tie them to their homes. Things that seem important to their lives.
But, as with most stories, the truth will out, and that truth changes everything.
Sometimes life has to throw you a curve ball in order to make you see that you can hit what comes at you. Both Rana and Landon find this out in Drunk Dial
, and I'm left with a pile of soggy tissues.
I don't want to say any more, lest I give away any of the plot points, but I'll say that Rana is brave, goofy, funny, charming, beautiful, and loving. Landon is chivalrous, empathetic, gorgeous, fun-loving, open-hearted, and giving. And the book is sometimes deep, sometimes hilarious, sometimes frustrating, and all the time amazing.
I really loved it. Five "I want his banana Food Truck" stars.