Check Me Out
Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single. Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation. When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows. Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.

Check Me Out Details

TitleCheck Me Out
Author
ReleaseFeb 3rd, 2018
PublisherShadow Mountain
ISBN-139781629723273
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Did Not Finish

Check Me Out Review

  • Kathryn Steffen
    January 1, 1970
    I got to meet this company this weekend at Book Con. I was lucky enough to win 1 book and I went up on Sunday to inquire after this one because I could not get it out of my head. So, I asked if I could have a copy of this ARC. They graciously gave one to me and told me more about their company. I love that all of their romances are clean and accessible to all ages. However, this book was a bit rough for me.***Spoliers*** STOP READING HEREI personally thought that the author could have been MUCH I got to meet this company this weekend at Book Con. I was lucky enough to win 1 book and I went up on Sunday to inquire after this one because I could not get it out of my head. So, I asked if I could have a copy of this ARC. They graciously gave one to me and told me more about their company. I love that all of their romances are clean and accessible to all ages. However, this book was a bit rough for me.***Spoliers*** STOP READING HEREI personally thought that the author could have been MUCH MORE delicate and less hurtful/blunt about Will. Will, who is apparently VERY overweight from the way the author describes it (and never STOPS describing it), is head over heels in love with his childhood sweetheart and is hiding behind the pretty face/body of his cousin to win her. I think it had every potential of being and adorable love triangle. Very modern day Cyrano de Bergerac but I checked out when I read things like: ~~"Will had been a chunky kid. Now he wasn't a kid anymore, and "chunky" didn't really do justice to his form. He was huge....Huge in the way nobody really wants to be" (pg 28).~~ "The tiny bistro table wasn't really big enough for three, especially since one of the three was Will" (pg 37)At this point I have barely made a dent in the book and I am already hoping that Will finds someone that will love and appreciate him for him. Which is what I hope in the end. I wanted to give this book 2/3 stars is because when Greta says something incredibly awful toward the end, she does show some remorse ("You big fat jerk! And there it was. I said the words I couldn't take back. (pg. 317)) ten pages later she references him "heaving" himself up a staircase to sit net to her. The more I think about it, the more I can't justify more stars for the plot. I can't give this book a good review. It makes me sad. I feel bad for Will. I want him to have someone that loves all of him. Not just wants to "try" (pg. 355) and see where it goes. I found the book very insulting and beyond rude when it came to the portrayal of an overweight character. I am sad. My heart hurts. I wanted so much more. :(
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  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    Isn't that cover super cute? I love it! I also was excited to see a contemporary romance in the Shadow Mountain Proper Romance line. They have some great historicals and I'm glad they're included contemporaries now as well. I've always enjoyed the Cyrano de Bergerac storyline, especially the old Steve Martin movie Roxanne, so I was very curious how this story would play out. I have mixed feelings. Greta, Will and Mac have an interesting dynamic. Greta and Will have been friends for a long time. Isn't that cover super cute? I love it! I also was excited to see a contemporary romance in the Shadow Mountain Proper Romance line. They have some great historicals and I'm glad they're included contemporaries now as well. I've always enjoyed the Cyrano de Bergerac storyline, especially the old Steve Martin movie Roxanne, so I was very curious how this story would play out. I have mixed feelings. Greta, Will and Mac have an interesting dynamic. Greta and Will have been friends for a long time. Will is in love with Greta, but she is not attracted to him and therefore not interested in dating him. I totally believe you should get to know someone well and not judge solely on appearances. I also think you should be physically attracted to your significant other, but usually someone can become more or less attractive the more you know them. I also think we should make an effort to look our best for ourselves and for our significant others. So the question is -- should Greta force a relationship just because she likes other things about him? Is that fair to him? Or her? So, I'm on the fence about whether Greta and Will should end up together. (view spoiler)[Their relationship definitely couldn't continue on the way it was, unrequited love and all that, just makes everyone unhappy. But, I'm also not sold on Greta being totally in love with Will. And will Will always wonder if she truly loves him and wants to be with him? I think that would always be in the back of his mind. And also, how much should we change ourselves for someone we love? Should we lower our expectations? Should we loose weight (or whatever it is our crush likes) to please others? I think to enter into a relationship, you have to love yourself first. Strive to be the best you, both physically and emotionally. I think both Greta and Will have to figure themselves out before they could commit happily to each other. As it is, I don't know if they'll have a HEA. Things that bother you before marriage, wont go away after. Will they just grow to resent each other later? (hide spoiler)]Good writing, fun banter and an interesting story that will make you think. Content Romance: CleanLanguage: NoneViolence: NoneSource: ARC from Publisher
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  • Julie Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    In all honesty I am so torn right now about this book. The cover caught my eye. I mean, look at that catchy title and books too. Then the synopsis, completely Cyrano de Bergerac storyline and it's about a librarian. Can we say I was so excited and couldn't wait to read it. The love triangle seemed like it would be fun and witty, and I will admit that there were several spots that I found humorous. I laughed at several points while reading...but I think I was cringing and almost holding in some b In all honesty I am so torn right now about this book. The cover caught my eye. I mean, look at that catchy title and books too. Then the synopsis, completely Cyrano de Bergerac storyline and it's about a librarian. Can we say I was so excited and couldn't wait to read it. The love triangle seemed like it would be fun and witty, and I will admit that there were several spots that I found humorous. I laughed at several points while reading...but I think I was cringing and almost holding in some building frustration more than I was laughing and wanting to cheer on the characters. I am definitely somebody you would term 'a people person.' I love meeting and making new friends anywhere I go. I can easily start up a conversation with a stranger at the store and we're laughing and having a great conversation and can feel like we've been friends for years even though we've just met. It's me, it's my personality. I'm happy and I am not the kind of person who likes to belittle others or even think that someone felt excluded or hurt from something I did or said. I just can't. So, with that explanation about me and my personality, I will also say that I read and review a lot of books. Even with all the review books I get, with how many books and stories out there that I want to read, I really don't want to pick a book that I don't think I'll enjoy. I read because I love it, I want to experience characters and places and peril and love and goodness and hurt and healing and redemption and forgiveness. So if you were to look at my ratings for books, you'd see that my average is above 4 stars. I usually won't agree to review books if there's no chance of it looking like I won't like, really like or absolutely love it. Hence, most of my reviews are 3-5 star ratings. But occasionally one slips in that I just have mixed feelings about. This is, unfortunately, one of those books. I really don't want to ramble on forever about all my frustrated feelings and my 'grrrrrrrr' thoughts. But I have so many different thoughts that have been tumbling around in my head since reading this book that you might just find me really rambling today about this book. I think there will be many who absolutely love this book. I've seen many positive reviews about it already and the comments are great. And honestly, I could see how they felt that way, I really can. Like I said, I think there will be many who absolutely love this book and I can see how the things that made me really frustrated, the author was trying to use to show readers to 'not judge a book by its cover.' Which I totally agree with. My hangup is that I just think it could have been handled a different way. Ok, here goes, if you don't want spoilers and don't want to hear my frustrations then I suggest you don't read further because yes, they will be below and yes I will probably ramble on, you have been warned.(view spoiler)[Greta is an assistant librarian. She's almost where she will be the head librarian of her local library. She's worked long and hard for this and is so happy to finally see her hard work pay off. She's got the best, best friend in the world. They've been friends and next door neighbors since childhood. They are like two peas in a pod and are constantly texting each other and hanging out together. Will can never be matched when it comes to best friends. He's always so kind and thoughtful and giving to Greta. He drops everything when she needs him. He's completely and hopelessly in love with her. Because of his love, which she doesn't realize, he wants her to be happy. Greta just wants an awesome boyfriend, the complete package, the 'perfect' man. So Will delivers. In the form of his cousin Mac. He's 'hot' and is the real deal when it comes to the 'perfect' body for Greta. Now to make sure his brains are the 'perfect' brains and all will be 'perfect'. Ok, not trying to sound harsh and cynical but honestly Greta was so shallow. She admits it. The book is narrated by her and she definitely admits her flaws of being shallow in her wants. She even admits it to her friend Will as they are joking around through text messages after she meets Mac. Will graciously says 'you're welcome' for sending the perfect man her way. Maybe I should pause talking about the 'perfect man' for a minute and explain something. This is one of my frustrations about this book. Will. Not his character per se, because I'll be honest, he's awesome. I don't think there's a reader out there who won't say that they loved Will's character. Everyone in the book loves Will and praises him lots. Except those that are uncomfortable around him. Greta lets us know as the reader exactly why people are uncomfortable around him. Why he's not the 'perfect man' for her, because his mind is and everything else, except his looks. Will is large, like really large. Ok, that's not an exact quote but very close to wording used in the book. I just couldn't get over how many times and how rudely Greta describes and thinks about Will's size and body shape. So many times she mentions it and thinks how she can't be with him because of his size and yet she's his best friend. She loves him like a best friend and she is his fiercest protector around people, especially people who aren't comfortable with how to act around him. She even has a personal test she uses to see how people will act and if they don't pass it she won't be around them. And yet, in her mind the way she talks about him and thinks about him sometimes just made me so made. So double standard there. Why is it ok that other people are honest in not knowing how to act and yet, she acts perfect and comfortable around him but can think all these rude thoughts about her 'best friend ever'. Seriously. I was so mad! Fuming! And then we have a lovely and handsome and hot and beautiful and perfect juxtapose in Mac, the cousin of the not perfect body, Will. Anybody else frustrated like me?I seriously loved the Cyrano de Bergerac spin off. But the execution just fell completely flat for me because of how rude and shallow Greta was and hypocritical too! In all fairness, I think this story could have worked, it could have been awesome and the author's intent (I'm assuming it's her intent) was to make people aware of how they interact and react to a person's appearance, whether that person is heavy or anorexic. It doesn't matter how they look. That's the point she's trying to get across. This amazingly handsome and perfect man doesn't have the brains that Greta wants, she wouldn't think twice about him if he didn't, even with his awesome body. He wouldn't match up to her brains. Greta has many thoughts about this that shows some growth from her shallowness at the beginning to the ending. But honestly, I wasn't impressed with her at the end or her decisions to choose Will. Here's supposed to be an amazing and sweet scene where she tells Will that she does love him and she wants to try to make a relationship work with him, one that's more than just friendship. Yet, even that failed for me. I was really hoping for redemption for the character of Greta for me. Really hoping. But nope. Let me explain something else and then come back to the ending. Mac composes beautiful thoughts and poems for Greta and texts them to her. The beautiful words he says in person to her are well, way too rehearsed. Something's up but she can't figure it out. (In true Cyrano fashion, Will is feeding the words to Mac) So in their relationship kissing is fabulous but then nothing. They don't really have a lot more in common than that. She wants him to support her in what she loves. He doesn't really understand it and wants to kiss her lots. She wants him to speak pretty to her and share his poems with her. He can't in person so she tells him to go home and send her the messages. I mean, really? I can totally understand wanting some sweet and pretty words said but to be around each other and say ok go home and send me pretty words. So now going back to the ending, Greta is telling Will she loves him and is ready for a relationship and she's missed his words. She wants. Yes, in not apologizing for ignoring him, for thinking rudely of him, she tells him what she wants. Seriously not good relationship stuff going on here people. I totally understand each person in a relationship has certain wants and needs, I've been married for almost two decades, so yes I understand that. But a healthy relationship doesn't start with one person who has been ignoring the other person and then says let's try this but I want. She wants his words. His beautiful mind. She's ok with the body and his physical appearance but she wants his mind. Ok, maybe I'm letting out a lot of frustration that has been building as all these thoughts have come out. I warned you it was going to be spoilers and lots of ramblings. Again, I think it could have been written differently to have pulled together with the shallowness. A good novel needs to show growth for sure and Greta didn't show me that. I think if the author first explained from Greta early on in the novel that Will was heavier set, people didn't always react the best towards him and left it at that, without all the comments about him not fitting well at a table, him having to hoist himself off the ground to stand up, etc. it would have been a lot better. Again, I know she was going for awareness. At the end there are some great book club discussion questions. It really shows that she was trying to make people think about how they treat other people so I have to give her kuddos for that. And some of the reviews I've read already about the book, people have mentioned that they didn't realize it but they act that way and needed to stop. I just think it could have been done in a kinder way than having Great treat Will one way and in her mind think the rude thoughts she did.Ok, I really need to move on. This could also be considered Women's fiction as there is a lot going on with the library. The town is trying to pass a bond for a new library and library funding but it's not getting a lot of support. Greta goes about trying to encourage people to see the library as the great resource it is. I think this is a second point in the novel that the author was trying to show as important. It gets a little political in some ways and Greta goes to an extreme to get peoples attention. So it definitely wasn't this fun and sweet story that I originally perceived it to be from the synopsis and the front cover. I'm not going to say anything else about the whole library funding except I have to agree that libraries are very important and something that each community needs. I've lived in big cities where the libraries are absolutely gorgeous and stunning and the community is always filling the rooms. I've lived in smaller communities that the library is older but still running and working with a good supporting community. And I've lived in a very small community where the library was in this teeny tiny old building, which was the original school building from the late 1800s. The funding wasn't very high, trying to get a bond to pass to help with the funding was like pulling teeth but the community support and patronage of the library was amazing. So I am a supporter of libraries and can understand the author's desire to encourage people to remember the importance of libraries. (hide spoiler)]Overall I can't rate this book very high. There are a few parts that I would give 3 stars to and others that I would give 1 or 2 stars to. So I think in all fairness my rating would be a 2/2.5 star rating. I will also say this, don't let my ramblings and personal frustrations influence your choice to read this book if you are looking forward to it. Everyone has different tastes and preferences and so what I felt about this book could be something completely different than what you would feel. So make your choice and I hope you enjoy whatever that choice is.Content: Clean. Some kissing but nothing further.I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.Happy Reading!!!
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great story! Witty banter, check. Clever dialogue, check. Unique characters, check, check, check. And the best part? All of these things were told in Wilhite's easy-breezy style of writing, which is such a pleasure to read. This story made me smile, swoon, and even laugh. I loved snuggling into bed each night, and reading. One of the things I liked best about this book, however, was the honesty with which it was told. I loved that this story challenged me. I'll admit, though, at times This was a great story! Witty banter, check. Clever dialogue, check. Unique characters, check, check, check. And the best part? All of these things were told in Wilhite's easy-breezy style of writing, which is such a pleasure to read. This story made me smile, swoon, and even laugh. I loved snuggling into bed each night, and reading. One of the things I liked best about this book, however, was the honesty with which it was told. I loved that this story challenged me. I'll admit, though, at times I had a struggled with my own prejudices. Prejudices I didn't realize that I carried. I think that's a sign of a great book: it made me think, ponder, and change. Great read! I highly recommend this book to fans of clean romance. Available for sale in Feb. 2018. *I was so lucky to receive this advanced reader copy from the author for review.
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    I appreciate that the publishers allowed me to review this book but it was not for me at ALL! I loved the cover and the concept but I will get straight to the point of what killed this story for me.The main character and the story drove me insane with her shallowness! It seemed every moment that it was possible that she couldn’t get over how “big” aka overweight someone was! It was ridiculous that this was made in too such a big of a deal. As a woman who has struggled with weight problems becaus I appreciate that the publishers allowed me to review this book but it was not for me at ALL! I loved the cover and the concept but I will get straight to the point of what killed this story for me.The main character and the story drove me insane with her shallowness! It seemed every moment that it was possible that she couldn’t get over how “big” aka overweight someone was! It was ridiculous that this was made in too such a big of a deal. As a woman who has struggled with weight problems because of health issues it made me very uncomfortable to read this book.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!Great book. Content: Clean
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm glad I kept reading to the end, because the beginning was a bit rough. I loved the aged library setting and Greta's passion for her job as a librarian. Being in her head however, was a bit of a trip. There was a lot of random information passing through her narrative that showed her personality and life and seemed like they were supposed to be sassy/snarky/quirky, but I have to admit it was rather annoying and I began skimming. Her thoughts about Mac and his hotness were so shallow... and sh I'm glad I kept reading to the end, because the beginning was a bit rough. I loved the aged library setting and Greta's passion for her job as a librarian. Being in her head however, was a bit of a trip. There was a lot of random information passing through her narrative that showed her personality and life and seemed like they were supposed to be sassy/snarky/quirky, but I have to admit it was rather annoying and I began skimming. Her thoughts about Mac and his hotness were so shallow... and she completely embraced that shallowness in her own thoughts on more than one occasion. Flawed and totally frustrating.Greta has an amazing friend in Will, but because he's fat, he's stuck in the friends-only zone. She laments about how others don't give him a fair shot or the attention he deserves because of his appearance, and is self-righteously defensive of him. Hypocrite, much? Other thoughts of hers come across as judgemental, but right when I get fed up, other redeeming qualities come forth- her work in bringing local history to light by organizing and digitizing forgotten scraps, letters, and photos. Her focus on fundraising to save the library from budget cuts. Her activism in standing up for the library on social media and in other... attention-grabbing ways. Her SLOW realization that Will is supportive in all the right ways, and Mac is coming up short.By the last third of the book I was invested in the outcome- it's obvious that Will is the words behind Mac, but the way Greta finds out was a little belated, and then it's Will who is the villain. But honestly, as much as Will is a good friend to her- is she a good friend to him? I wish the author would have made Greta more likeable by showing the ways she supports Will and is there for him in his life, besides letting him be her friend. Maybe because it's written in first person, it comes across as "the Greta show" but I don't think that's just it. The way it's written, I think she comes across as self-centered and selfish, but would never see herself that way. Even in the end, when she forgives Will and decides to "try" a romantic relationship, it's about the words he tells her, not what she feels for him.Some other secondary characters were interesting and I think the book would have benefited from exploring them a bit more, or at least making them a bit more three-dimensional- Greta's mother, Marigold- the young hippie, Mr. Greenwood- the neighborhood hoarder, and the other librarians- Julie, Bonita, and Kevin.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    Cover love and a book about a librarian won my heart from the start. Greta has spent a good chunk of her life working her way up to head librarian at her charmingly old local library. She's good at what she does, but she lacks some social qualities. You see, Greta is a little superficial, oblivious, and selfish. Her best friend is not physically attractive, but definitely her soulmate. Will is quite heavy and it's mentioned numerous times, but man, that guy is a poet at heart, with his silvery, Cover love and a book about a librarian won my heart from the start. Greta has spent a good chunk of her life working her way up to head librarian at her charmingly old local library. She's good at what she does, but she lacks some social qualities. You see, Greta is a little superficial, oblivious, and selfish. Her best friend is not physically attractive, but definitely her soulmate. Will is quite heavy and it's mentioned numerous times, but man, that guy is a poet at heart, with his silvery, smooth tongue and irresistible personality, he could melt any girl's heart.Every year, Will delivers an amazing gift to Greta for her birthday and this year, it's his cousin Mac, the "perfect" man. Is there really such a thing as perfect? It seems rare to get the whole package deal--either you go for personality or for looks and in my honest opinion, personality can help make or break looks. Greta is ecstatic with her "gift" and can't see what's right in front of her, although it's obvious to everyone else, including the reader.One thing that I loved best is that although Greta is blind, unknowingly hurtful, and living with her rose colored glasses on, she eventually comes to a crossroads and has to make that choice--personality or looks? It's a tough choice for her to make, but I love the growth that gradually happens through her journey. Greta is also campaigning for a library bond on the voting ballot to help her beloved workplace stay open. She goes about things in an interesting way, which really shows her extreme flaws and shortcomings, but once again, her journey and learning experiences make her feel like an average person and not some idol. However, I'm not completely convinced that she's all the way "grown up" yet and I'm not sure she'll find her HEA without more time.All in all, the voice is entertaining and the flaws make for realistic characters. No one can judge by a cover and no one can expect perfection.Content: mild romance*I received a copy through Netgalley, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    ***3.5 stars*** Often the best things in life are those that we take for granted. Will and Greta are best friends. They have a bond that has not been broken since elementary school. There is a problem, Greta is not attracted to Will because of his physical appearance, he is not thin. She gets upset when others say she should not hang around him because he is not husband material. She doesn't realize her own prejudice. She thinks she is looking for the perfect man. One who is good looking, and we ***3.5 stars*** Often the best things in life are those that we take for granted. Will and Greta are best friends. They have a bond that has not been broken since elementary school. There is a problem, Greta is not attracted to Will because of his physical appearance, he is not thin. She gets upset when others say she should not hang around him because he is not husband material. She doesn't realize her own prejudice. She thinks she is looking for the perfect man. One who is good looking, and well, not fat.I really appreciated the underlying message in the book, there is more to a person than their physical appearance. We are inundated with the message that you have to look a certain way to have value. If you want love, you need to be thin and fit into the mold that others have created. It takes a while for Greta to realize that beauty is more than skin deep. Will uses his cousin to relay his feelings for Greta, of course she doesn't realize who it is coming from. It is a modern spin on Cyrano de Bergerac . (Remember the guy with the big nose?) Will gives Greta a present for her birthday. He introduces her to his good looking cousin, Mac, who becomes the voice to Will's feelings.Words are an important part of the story. Greta is a librarian and Will is an English teacher. Words convey emotion, they can give a glimpse of the soul. That is the important part of a person, the soul. Like I stated above, I can really get behind the message of the book. The journey to get there is sometimes difficult.This is a clean book with kissing. Becca Wilhite is an author whose books I have always enjoyed. You should "Check" this one out and see what you think!Source: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Oh dear. Oh dear. Great concept. Gorgeous, well thought out cover. If I had been in the store, I would have picked this book up and bought it on that basis alone. However, I am so very glad I did not. There is much I have struggled with as I read this book. To start with the story telling is flat with very little 'zing' to grab the reader. The relationships are bland with no chemistry. The main character Greta is shallow and seems to carry this unrealistic expectation about her own life. I was c Oh dear. Oh dear. Great concept. Gorgeous, well thought out cover. If I had been in the store, I would have picked this book up and bought it on that basis alone. However, I am so very glad I did not. There is much I have struggled with as I read this book. To start with the story telling is flat with very little 'zing' to grab the reader. The relationships are bland with no chemistry. The main character Greta is shallow and seems to carry this unrealistic expectation about her own life. I was confused about the minor characters. Marigold seemed a mystery, and I couldn't place her in my head. Until the end. I would say I was probably 4/5 of the way through this book before I even remotely was grabbed by interest. This is way too far into a book. If I hadn't been reading this to review for Shadow Mountain I would have given up on this book after reading the first fifth. I was so disappointed. Greta has this beautiful life long friendship with Will, but the author repeatedly reminds us of how he doesn't 'match up' to an acceptable level of boyfriend/love of your life material. There's a focus on outward appearances, not just his face but his body shape. If this had been a man describing how he wrote about his female best friend, the readers would have been in uproar. This is not the society we live in today, to put down based on appearances and be OK with that. It was harsh, and totally distracted from the development in my mind of their special bond, that the author I am assuming wants us to believe. On the other hand, I do get that she is trying to convince us of the reason they are NOT dating and why Greta needs to have this very shallow relationship with Mac. Who on outward appearances seems to have it all. I have read other books based on this concept of 'unrequited love' from the best friend. It can be done better than this with a lot more class. Then there was the dating relationship with Mac. No chemistry. When the dialogue is all about how 'hot' someone is it just sounds middle school and petty. I was also taken aback by the lesson in kissing she receives in her teen years from Will. It seemed lengthy and a lot deeper than what you would equate with a couple teenagers - trying it out. They apparently can kiss for a long time, and seem to just get up and walk away from it - completely unaffected. There are aspects of this story that I did enjoy. The visit from the author, wow - cleverly written and executed. Dr Silver, and the twist of events near the end. The struggling plight of our community libraries, and the very real threat of keeping them viable. The library described reminds me very much of the one from my childhood. I grew up in England, and the building was a Victorian building, purposefully built for a library, but it had many of the same features, though only one story and never a house. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting the library, and even have been able to utilize it with my own children during the 8 years I lived there with them. Sadly that library has gone the way of so many others. Seen as too costly to the council budget. Why does one library succeed and others do not. I think about the current library I have access to. It is a fairly large 2 story modern building. It seems to always range from very busy to busy. There are slow times, but they are far and few between. Maybe is the vast range of items they offer. The wide selection of books, the huge computer areas, the many specific rooms, used for groups, clubs and special events. The appeal of the children's area, with almost as many toys to be played with as there are books on shelves. The very specific computer facilities geared towards young minds. The layout and design. The teen area is one I have never seen in a library before. Very well done. The inter-library lending system within the state of Michigan is also a huge benefit to the library patron. The vast amount of digital resources available to the member without even stepping foot in the building. There is a thought posed in the story that libraries are of little value to an author. As a influencer and reviewer, I have many times put in a request with my local library that they purchase a book I have read, and enjoyed. This is something that is actively encouraged by author's themselves. I would beg to differ on this opinion that having libraries take away book sales. For me, even though I read mountains more digital copies than paperbacks, my bookshelves at home are filled with 90% books I pre-read either in the library or as a eARC copy. Books I love make it onto my shelves regardless if I have read them before purchase. It is an absolute benefit to an author to have their books 'discovered' on the shelves of a library. In fact I have found most my new authors that way. Its interesting to me, as I live in a small town that has no library service to most residents - I am one of the lucky ones, we live far enough on the edge that we are pulled into the school district for the town with the library. As such we get to enjoy those library benefits. Friends not more than a mile away however, have to pay a yearly fee if they wish to become a member. I would pay for library membership especially with the one we have on offer, its uses have been far reaching and absolutely vital to me and my family. Overall, I enjoyed the ending, it was presented well. I still lacked belief in the conviction of Greta's final feelings towards Will. It felt a little off. Becca Wilhite writes clean contemporary fiction. There's a wide array of opinion over this book, which says to me, the reviewer, that everyone has a different taste, and take away for the books they read. Give it a go. You may love it. I just didn't, and hopefully I have explained why. I received this eARC from Shadow Mountain & Netgalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5, rounding upThis a tough book to review. I'm not sure where to start.I'll start with the cover. I love it. Easily one of my favorites. It makes me happy just looking at it because I love books and reading and libraries hold a special place in my heart. I have so many good memories that revolve around libraries and reading. Which is one thing I love about the main character, Greta. She works in a library that is in danger of closing. Greta is a fantastic supporter of books, reading and her li 2.5, rounding upThis a tough book to review. I'm not sure where to start.I'll start with the cover. I love it. Easily one of my favorites. It makes me happy just looking at it because I love books and reading and libraries hold a special place in my heart. I have so many good memories that revolve around libraries and reading. Which is one thing I love about the main character, Greta. She works in a library that is in danger of closing. Greta is a fantastic supporter of books, reading and her library. She works feverishly to save the library she loves. It is, by far, her best redeeming quality. I loved her library tweets. It made me wonder if my library does that! I want to be a library tweeter!I think my hangups might be because this book is told from Greta's point of view only. It becomes a bit tedious hearing all about Greta and how she views everyone and everything. Aside from her job at the library, Greta is very self centered. At least she comes across that way. It's all about what everyone else can do for her or how they make her feel. There isn't anything about Greta being a good friend to Will or doing kind things for him. She doesn't even do nice things for Mac. It's all about what he can do for her. It's so very one sided. I had such a hard time liking Greta and unfortunately, it's hard to love a book when you just don't like the main character very much.I think there were many attempts at humor in this book that just sort of fell flat for me. Especially when those attempts at humor came at the expense of someone else. I did love the scene where Greta literally sews herself into her dress. That was funny to imagine.I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed. This book isn't a make or break deal for me, I'll be back to her future books. She has a such an easy writing style that I love. It's easy to settle in with her words.Content: kissing- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jenny Proctor
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so excited to have another Becca Wilhite novel in my hands! This is a great story, with protagonists you'll love to love and root for. They feel like real people--a credit to Wilhite's descriptive ability and the smart, well paced dialogue that brings her characters to life. While the plot is fun, (especially when one loves libraries like I do) and the conflict believable with just enough comic relief, it's the people that made this novel work for me. I recognized bits of myself in each one I'm so excited to have another Becca Wilhite novel in my hands! This is a great story, with protagonists you'll love to love and root for. They feel like real people--a credit to Wilhite's descriptive ability and the smart, well paced dialogue that brings her characters to life. While the plot is fun, (especially when one loves libraries like I do) and the conflict believable with just enough comic relief, it's the people that made this novel work for me. I recognized bits of myself in each one of them and truly enjoyed the time I spent immersed in their world.
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for another book by Becca for years and Check Me Out was worth the wait. Greta is a wonderful character, full of enduring humor, heart, and compassion for what she believes in. In this book, it is the Franklin library. Greta is trying to save her beloved library, all while getting to know her dreamy suitor. As much as I loved Greta, Will stole the show. He's fantastic. All of the supporting characters were the glue that held the story. I love how Becca writes. Her characters I have been waiting for another book by Becca for years and Check Me Out was worth the wait. Greta is a wonderful character, full of enduring humor, heart, and compassion for what she believes in. In this book, it is the Franklin library. Greta is trying to save her beloved library, all while getting to know her dreamy suitor. As much as I loved Greta, Will stole the show. He's fantastic. All of the supporting characters were the glue that held the story. I love how Becca writes. Her characters are spunky and fun, people I would want to be friends with. Very well done!I received a pass-along ARC from the author, all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an enjoyable book.  The crux of the story (to me) was the fate of our public libraries.  Larger cities are blessed to have wonderful libraries but smaller towns might have problems keeping them open if they do not have a large town base.  In this story, the Franklin Library is on the verge of being shut down because it cannot be made ADA compliant. The library is housed in a historic home with lots of charm and character, but if you know anything about those older homes, they weren This was such an enjoyable book.  The crux of the story (to me) was the fate of our public libraries.  Larger cities are blessed to have wonderful libraries but smaller towns might have problems keeping them open if they do not have a large town base.  In this story, the Franklin Library is on the verge of being shut down because it cannot be made ADA compliant. The library is housed in a historic home with lots of charm and character, but if you know anything about those older homes, they weren't built with wheelchairs in mind.  So Greta takes this as a personal challenge to make sure the taxpayers vote for the bond to build a new library.  Some of her methods are a bit crazy, but she is passionate and will do whatever it takes to keep her job and the library open.The story also has a local history aspect.  It seems that whenever someone dies all of their papers end up at the library.  So Greta, with the help of Will, is tasked with sorting through the boxes and digitizing the photos and documents.  In the midst of all the documents, she comes across a Dr Silver who was something of a radical for his time and helped end segregation in their town in Ohio.  However, she can't find any information about him after that time period and it sets her on a quest to figure out what happened to him.  She even admits to having a historical crush on him.  This story has a nice ending but I'm not going to say how she finds Dr Silver.The romance was delightful, perhaps a bit predictable, but it unfolded nicely.  Greta apparently asks for something on her birthday each year and Will gives her whatever it is despite how hard it might be to come up with her wish.  Apparently this year she wished for the perfect man, handsome with the soul of a poet.  Will being Will, he introduces her to his cousin who is very handsome and seems to be saying all the right things.  But everyone else knows the truth about Mac and his words, how long will it take Greta to figure it out?  I'm sure you can guess where this is going but I'm not going to spoil it for you.We loved this book and suggest reading it especially if you are about saving the libraries...just don't go to some of the lengths that Greta did in this story!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: You know that quote people attribute to Confucius? The one that says, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"? I know that quote. I've had paper copies of it stuck to various household mirrors. I believe in it. I love it. Premise/plot: Greta, our heroine, is a young librarian who shared a wish with her best friend, Will. Her wish? To find the perfect guy. He delivers; in fact he sends the guy, his cousin Mac, to the library, to the poetry secti First sentence: You know that quote people attribute to Confucius? The one that says, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"? I know that quote. I've had paper copies of it stuck to various household mirrors. I believe in it. I love it. Premise/plot: Greta, our heroine, is a young librarian who shared a wish with her best friend, Will. Her wish? To find the perfect guy. He delivers; in fact he sends the guy, his cousin Mac, to the library, to the poetry section. Her reaction is total swoon. But what she doesn't know--but readers do--is she's fallen into an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. The guy she's falling head over heels for--is being told exactly what to say by Will. When they bump into each other impromptu, he stumbles and goofs. On their dates, he's always glued to his phone. But he gives the most awesome compliments--via text and sometimes in person.The other drama of Check Me Out is Greta's fight to save her small town library. If a bond passes, I believe, then there will be a new library. If it doesn't, well, the current library closes its doors forever. My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I did. I usually don't read contemporary romances because I don't read smut. (To clarify, I don't judge those who do. I just personally choose to keep my romances clean.) I trust Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line though. So as soon as I heard that this one was a loose adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, I said YES, please! Cyrano de Bergerac is told from Cyrano's perspective. Obviously, this one is from the female perspective. Greta--like Roxane--is at first concerned SOLELY with appearances. Greta finds Mac to be swoon-worthy. And she can't stop talking about his perfect hair, his perfect body, his perfect smile, his perfect eyes, etc. She melts at the touch of his hand on hers. She's smitten thoroughly. I am often annoyed with Roxane's character--her blindness to what is right in front of her, her shallowness, her silliness. That holds true, in part, with Greta.
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  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    A contemporary Proper Romance? Yes, please!!Check Me Out was a fantastic, fun read that I raced through in just a few sittings. Will and Greta have been best friends forever, but all they'll be is friends because as much as Greta loves talking to Will--she's just not attracted to him. So when Will sets her up with his gorgeous cousin who seems almost too good to be true, Greta falls head-over-heels for him. But things aren't always quite what they seem...In addition to the romantic plotline, Gre A contemporary Proper Romance? Yes, please!!Check Me Out was a fantastic, fun read that I raced through in just a few sittings. Will and Greta have been best friends forever, but all they'll be is friends because as much as Greta loves talking to Will--she's just not attracted to him. So when Will sets her up with his gorgeous cousin who seems almost too good to be true, Greta falls head-over-heels for him. But things aren't always quite what they seem...In addition to the romantic plotline, Greta is also working to save the library she works for, which was really interesting as well! The book signing/diva author had me laughing so hard (and cringing. The laugh/cringe of someone who understands.)Wilhite nails the banter between Will and Greta, and I also loved Greta's spunk! The minor characters were all fun and well-developed too--but Will was the best. *sigh* LOVED him.Great read and I can't wait for her next!Thanks to Netgalley/Shadow Mountain for providing me a review copy of this book.
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    This review is based on an ARC of Check Me Out which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Shadow Mountain Publishing). I thought about giving this 1.5 stars but I can't find any justifiable reason to do so. I just really did not like this book. It was horribly predictable, bland, and I could not find anything great or unique about any of the characters. Greta, especially, I didn't like. I personally really dislike the kind of humor that was key to her personality, and my god she w This review is based on an ARC of Check Me Out which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Shadow Mountain Publishing). I thought about giving this 1.5 stars but I can't find any justifiable reason to do so. I just really did not like this book. It was horribly predictable, bland, and I could not find anything great or unique about any of the characters. Greta, especially, I didn't like. I personally really dislike the kind of humor that was key to her personality, and my god she was dense! Like, verging on plain stupid dense. I was really struggling to finish this book and I thought about just DNFing it multiple times. I pushed through though, and I'm not sure it made any difference. I already guessed how it would end. Lastly, I just need to say that the formatting was horrible! Maybe the ebook version was just screwy but half the time, especially with all the texts, I wasn't sure who was saying what. I'm sure there are people out there who would love this book, but, unfortunately, I am not one of them. Awesome cover though!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Read this as a NetGalley ARC.I could not finish this book. I had a lot of problems with the main character Greta. Greta is a librarian, trying to save her local library from being closed. Her best friend Will, who is secretly in love with her, is helping her in her endeavor. Will, has sent his hot cousin to go on a few dates with Greta - Cyrano de Bergerac style; Greta might notice that looks aren't everything and that she is secretly in love with Will, too. So far so good. What made the book un Read this as a NetGalley ARC.I could not finish this book. I had a lot of problems with the main character Greta. Greta is a librarian, trying to save her local library from being closed. Her best friend Will, who is secretly in love with her, is helping her in her endeavor. Will, has sent his hot cousin to go on a few dates with Greta - Cyrano de Bergerac style; Greta might notice that looks aren't everything and that she is secretly in love with Will, too. So far so good. What made the book unfinishable for me was Greta's constantly telling the reader that Will is overweight. Over and over. On the one hand Greta is protective about him, on the other hand she tells us that he is too big to sit at her dinner table. I could just not reconsile the two things with each other.
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  • Melanie Jacobson
    January 1, 1970
    Five star fun. Greta is such a funny, passionate character, and so relatable. I love the small town feel and the cast of colorful characteres.
  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There are two very important things in Greta's life: being a librarian and her best friend Will. And now, Mac, the beautiful man she met in the library who seems to say all the right things...over text. When Greta's beloved library becomes endangered though, it isn't Mac who seems to be standing by her side...it's Will.I always struggle writing a I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There are two very important things in Greta's life: being a librarian and her best friend Will. And now, Mac, the beautiful man she met in the library who seems to say all the right things...over text. When Greta's beloved library becomes endangered though, it isn't Mac who seems to be standing by her side...it's Will.I always struggle writing a quick blurb, which is why you may notice that I sometimes cheat and don't do it... For this one though I have spent a good ten minutes trying to think of the best blurb to give, as to not spoil the book. However, even with the brief few sentences I gave...you know exactly what is going to happen. I would like to say HA, you're in for a surprise when you actually do start reading this book. But you're not, it's exactly as it seems. Which, is part of the reason why I wasn't too keen on this book.But, first, lets talk about what I did like. The main thing I liked about this is that Will, one of the contenders for Greta's attention (even if she doesn't realise it!) isn't what you would typically find. In fact, if anyone has read a hero in a romance who is basically described as big, but not big as in muscled, but big as in fat, then let me know, because I certainly haven't. I liked that he wasn't a specimen of manly perfection.Overall though, I found this book a little predictable, right down to the identity of the grumpy old man across the street, and I wasn't sure how I felt about Greta. Sometimes she made me laugh, but sometimes I didn't like her, she had this passive aggressive snobbishness about her that made it difficult for me to connect with her. Taken as a whole I found Check Me Out a little disappointing and forgettable.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Katie Fitzgerald
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to this book because it's set in the library and it's a "proper" (read: sex-free) romance novel. But after just a few chapters, I abandoned the ARC because of the many glaring inaccuracies about the library profession. Unlike Jenn McKinlay's library mysteries, which get every single detail right, this book just... doesn't. In the first chapter, the main character, Greta, laments the lack of creases in her library's magazines because "people didn't come to libraries t I was really looking forward to this book because it's set in the library and it's a "proper" (read: sex-free) romance novel. But after just a few chapters, I abandoned the ARC because of the many glaring inaccuracies about the library profession. Unlike Jenn McKinlay's library mysteries, which get every single detail right, this book just... doesn't. In the first chapter, the main character, Greta, laments the lack of creases in her library's magazines because "people didn't come to libraries to read news or magazines." (In my experience, this is a main reason some people visit the library - especially older people). She has also written a research paper urging libraries to "pull themselves into the present so they would stay relevant" as though libraries are totally backward and have done nothing to incorporate new technologies. (Most librarians will tell you their libraries are plenty relevant and becoming more so all the time.) I also laughed at the notion of a library supervisor bringing picture books to a librarian because someone needs to read them. I have certainly read my fair share of picture books in the library, but usually in my spare time, not as a main task assigned by my boss! It was also strange to hear of Greta printing out a library card. Maybe there are libraries that do this, but every library that has issued me a card has handed me a pre-printed plastic card taken from a box or a drawer.I was also disappointed in what the main character thinks are really funny and unusual interactions at the information desk. I like that she and the teenage page type their experiences up on a card using a typewriter and share them with each other, but the things they share are cliches at best, and anyone working in the library field could have provided ten examples off the top of her head that were more off-the-wall and amusing. Greta's use of Twitter is also awkward and amateurish and made me roll my eyes.I might have stuck with the book if the supporting characters were more engaging, but I was weirded out by Marigold, who comes to the library and reads Greta's "aura" and irritated by Greta's constant references to how heavy her best guy friend Will is. I am also just not that into the hero, Mac. Considering I already have all these problems with the book after only four chapters, I decided to just move on.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy the books in the Proper Romance line, and I was excited when I heard about this contemporary addition by Becca Wilhite. What's not to love about a quirky book lover who is passionate about saving her library (and don't forget the inclusion of her perfect man).Check Me Out has a great cover (isn't it catchy?), and an intriguing premise. I think it was well-written, although a bit long, and I loved Will. He's not your typical romantic lead, but he is a wonderful person. He's such a I really enjoy the books in the Proper Romance line, and I was excited when I heard about this contemporary addition by Becca Wilhite. What's not to love about a quirky book lover who is passionate about saving her library (and don't forget the inclusion of her perfect man).Check Me Out has a great cover (isn't it catchy?), and an intriguing premise. I think it was well-written, although a bit long, and I loved Will. He's not your typical romantic lead, but he is a wonderful person. He's such a good friend-so giving and thoughtful.It was too bad Will was overshadowed by Greta's selfishness. It makes some sense seeing as this is Greta's story, but I struggled that she wasn't more likable. She was really shallow, and also a bit blind and clueless for the bulk of the story. She was a taker. She was helpful to the library patrons and her co-workers, and was passionate about keeping the library open, but her relationship with Will seemed very one sided. And that made me hurt for Will and dislike Greta.That said, Greta does have her eyes opened and becomes a better person by the end of the story.This is a story that stayed with me. I wanted to like it more than I did (and would have had Greta's transformation happened earlier so I could spend more time with the improved Greta), but it's one that I kept thinking about long after I finished reading. I suppose it caused some self reflection, and made me want to make sure I'm not like Greta, especially with those closest to me.I liked the supporting characters, enjoyed the Tweets, and was amused by the t-shirt pickup lines.*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    This is completely out of my normal wheelhouse. I am normally a kidlit or adult mystery/thriller reader so I cannot pretend to know anything about romance reads. I got this as an advanced reader's copy from Edelweiss right before publication.The good? I persevered and (SPOILER ALERT) there is a "happy" ending with the seemingly right person. And a library setting is always fun. And I hate to say it but some swoonworthy lines on Will's part. Lacking in my own love life so, sadly, living vicarious This is completely out of my normal wheelhouse. I am normally a kidlit or adult mystery/thriller reader so I cannot pretend to know anything about romance reads. I got this as an advanced reader's copy from Edelweiss right before publication.The good? I persevered and (SPOILER ALERT) there is a "happy" ending with the seemingly right person. And a library setting is always fun. And I hate to say it but some swoonworthy lines on Will's part. Lacking in my own love life so, sadly, living vicariously. Is that why people read romances? Dunno. Anyway. I wanted to like it. Hated myself the whole time for wanting to like it but I did. Going through a early-mid forties watched too many holiday Hallmark movies crisis, I guess. Hated myself every minute of those, too, but still watched them.The part that frustrated me? The main character's fixation on Mac's looks (seriously? Is she 13? I mean yes attraction has to be there but come on) and rude comments about Will's weight (really not needed to be put in print and then repeated over and over) and then some utterly clueless lines about libraries. For anyone not in the know it's putting the wrong idea out there (and that's saying something as part of the side storyline is saving the small town library). And the side tweets the main character keeps writing throughout the story ... an attempt to be hip but ... kind of annoying, actually?Seems like the idea could have worked better with a little editing. But that's thinking a lot of my own opinion, I guess.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t think there is any book in The Proper Romance Collection that could be bad! This book was so cute, and so entertaining.Greta works in a Library, that is facing extinction. She is putting all her efforts into way to save her beloved library. There is just something so magical about libraries. I have to admit I don’t check out from libraries, but sitting in them is magical.This is a book that had a lot of “oh my gosh, how stupid are you” moments coming out of my mouth, and then the next se I don’t think there is any book in The Proper Romance Collection that could be bad! This book was so cute, and so entertaining.Greta works in a Library, that is facing extinction. She is putting all her efforts into way to save her beloved library. There is just something so magical about libraries. I have to admit I don’t check out from libraries, but sitting in them is magical.This is a book that had a lot of “oh my gosh, how stupid are you” moments coming out of my mouth, and then the next sentence would be “oooohhhhhh”. Wilhite brought out a lot of emotions for me in this beautiful, and passionate love story.Gretta had a great passion for her work, and her friends. Especially Will. He has always been her saving grace in every stage of life.The ONLY thing I didn’t like about this book was how often Will was referred to as “large”. I wish we could only meet people through knowing their heart first before ever actually seeing them. There would be a lot less judgment in the world. Being a good person is what we should all be, and Will was a great example of that.Having said all that, Will is by far my most favorite character in this book. He is one of the most swoon worthy men I have read about in a long time. He has so much love to give, he is kind, he is compassionate, and he is a poet…. mmmmmm.There are moments in this book when I wanted to throw my book, but had to see what was going to happen next, so I had to wait 😊. Pick this book up, you won’t regret it. It was a pleasure reading from beginning to end.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    I so wanted to love this book. There was so much potential—a librarian, a friends to more possibility, humor, and an outward vs. inward appearance debate. While a likable read, Becca Wilhite missed some opportunities in Check Me Out.Greta has some flaws. She’s shallow—which she admits—selfish, and a little naïve. When Will, her best friend, gives her a late birthday gift—the perfect guy—she’s smitten, at first with his looks then by the wonderful words he texts her.Here’s where the potential for I so wanted to love this book. There was so much potential—a librarian, a friends to more possibility, humor, and an outward vs. inward appearance debate. While a likable read, Becca Wilhite missed some opportunities in Check Me Out.Greta has some flaws. She’s shallow—which she admits—selfish, and a little naïve. When Will, her best friend, gives her a late birthday gift—the perfect guy—she’s smitten, at first with his looks then by the wonderful words he texts her.Here’s where the potential for this book gets missed. I would have loved to hear more comments from those who see Will and Greta together about their relationship. It is mentioned once, too near the end of the book to make much of an impact on the main character. I also wanted to learn more about those around Greta—even Will.While there were missed opportunities that would have made this story shine more brightly, there was enough humor to make it an enjoyable read, just not one that I will gush about. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    The concept for this book is sweet and charming. However, I found it lacking a little in character likability and a strong intriguing storyline. Not that I didn't like the characters but I just didn't fully embrace them. Well to be honest it was Greta. I found her to be too naïve. The fact that she did not pick up on the clues that Mac was "too perfect" was frustrating. For example, a mystery man appears in her life and knows that she likes juice or that he does not like the silent type but the The concept for this book is sweet and charming. However, I found it lacking a little in character likability and a strong intriguing storyline. Not that I didn't like the characters but I just didn't fully embrace them. Well to be honest it was Greta. I found her to be too naïve. The fact that she did not pick up on the clues that Mac was "too perfect" was frustrating. For example, a mystery man appears in her life and knows that she likes juice or that he does not like the silent type but the poetry type guy. Will was not that subtle at digging clues out of Greta or the mishaps he had with texting her. Great never questioned it too much. She just accepted the explanations that Will gave her. Will was so nice to find Greta a guy. It was obvious that he really liked her. Yet he was too shy to make a move himself. I kind of felt like Will was too good for Greta. I did want to mention the library that Greta worked at. It seemed like a really fun place. Not just because it is a library but because of the interesting people that vacated it. While, I may not have been a fan of this book I would check out another one from this author.
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  • Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    This story failed to grab me in any significant manor after many pages of reading. It got to the point where I just started skimming over words and paragraphs because none of it felt essential to the story or attention grabbing in any way. Then things only went more downhill from there. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading, especially after the way Will is constantly described so harshly and not in any way that a best friend should be describing him. *I received an ARC from NetGalley for This story failed to grab me in any significant manor after many pages of reading. It got to the point where I just started skimming over words and paragraphs because none of it felt essential to the story or attention grabbing in any way. Then things only went more downhill from there. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading, especially after the way Will is constantly described so harshly and not in any way that a best friend should be describing him. *I received an ARC from NetGalley for voluntary review
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  • JR
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun read! I was sucked into the story right away, and LOVED that the main character is more mature than your typical 17-year-old protagonist. And her best friend--oh my gosh. LOOOOOVED him. Want him to be my daughter's BFF. Loved how non-typical, yet not over-the-top odd the characters were. Plot doesn't follow where I expected it to go. And loved that she was obsessed with the hot guy, but satisfied and safe in the care of someone who was overlooked by most girls. Love love love. Highly What a fun read! I was sucked into the story right away, and LOVED that the main character is more mature than your typical 17-year-old protagonist. And her best friend--oh my gosh. LOOOOOVED him. Want him to be my daughter's BFF. Loved how non-typical, yet not over-the-top odd the characters were. Plot doesn't follow where I expected it to go. And loved that she was obsessed with the hot guy, but satisfied and safe in the care of someone who was overlooked by most girls. Love love love. Highly recommend.
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, bookish, LIBRARIAN romance - very chaste, only kissing. Satisfyingly light.
  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Will was great. Greta was not.
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