Forget About It

February 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm (Reviews, The Whim) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I just finished reading Caprice Crane’s Forget About It, a little romantic comedy about a girl with the worst life ever and to top it all off, gets hit by a car while on her bicycle and decides to suffer from fake amnesia to give her life a new starting point. Although it’s set in New York and has a bit of You’ve Got Mail quirkiness, it feels so familiar and southern. Probably because I’m southern and if it feels homey and familiar it must be southern! Which is just a fault of my own, not a fault of the writer’s. Not quite as hilarious as her debut Stupid and Contagious, but quite funny nonetheless, it was a much needed break from the doom I’ve been feeling while reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. I sped through it in a delightful day off and still had time to get my chores done. Caprice Crane truly is the best at romantic comedy (a genre I am not too fond of unless the characters are in long flowing dresses and top hats) as she actually does keep me in stitches and does make me believe the happy couple should indeed have a happy ending. Jane Austen would be proud despite all its contemporary pop culture because Crane, like herself, is a master of the absurd and a breath of fresh air.


  1. Interested said,

    Miss your posts, what’s up?

  2. Andrew said,

    I used to work with two feminine English Lit. majors, and there was a usual cycle of conversations between us at lunch time about the importance of Jane Austen. I would once in a while try to steer away into Tolkien, Erikson, Vonnegut, but the two would be persistent.

    It got the point where I conceded to the genius and subtle intricacies of Austen in her day, and they were at least willing to understand that I wasn’t likely Austen’s prime audience, per se.

    Dostoyevsky’s a tough slog. Good on ya for making it through. I am thoroughly in awe of him (due to Notes from Underground) but he’s tough to get through without decent breaks for air.

    Is this Caprice Crane anything like Sophie Kinsella? (Not that I’ve read Kinsella. I’m just trying to get a vantage point)

    • anakalianwhims said,

      I think that people who like Sophie Kinsella would like Caprice Crane, but people who like Caprice Crane would not necessarily like Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella’s stories are so overly girly they annoy me. Crane is just funny. Its like the difference between watching the Confessions of a Shop-a-holic movie (based on Kinsella’s series) and popping in a Dane Cook romantic comedy.

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