This book was the male version of chick lit, following a man from the breakup of his marriage through an unexpected career change and the development of a new romantic affair. It explores his family relationships past and present, looking at him as a brother and as an uncle.
An earnest journey from heartache to heartthrob and all the emotions along the way; at once an old-fashioned love story and a cautionary tale of self-reinvention.
In San Diego County, it hasn’t rained in 580 days. But for weatherman Andy Dunne, everything else is changing fast…Only a few weeks ago, he was a newly divorced, slightly overweight meteorologist for an obscure satellite radio station, hiding his secret love for a colleague, the beautiful—and very much married—Hillary Hsing. But nearly overnight, Andy has landed a new gig, flying a magic carpet in a bizarre live-action children’s TV show. So what is affable, basically decent Andy Dunne going to do now that he can do practically anything he wants? With a parade of hot moms begging for his autograph and a family that needs his help more than ever, Andy has a lot of choices. First, though, there’s this thing with Hillary, their heated text messages, a long-awaited forecast for rain – and a few other surprises he never saw coming…
I’m used to reading books like this by women, about women, for women. This book was written by a man about a man, and read quite differently even while retaining a familiar feel.
The relationships were clearly the most interesting part of this book. It starts with seeing Andy’s relationship (or lack thereof) with his wife, who just moved out after having multiple affairs. She leaves him in a house with no chairs, glasses or towels, and he just goes along with it, not getting angry.
Andy goes to a ball game with the husband of the woman he has a crush on, just shrugging as he’s told to back off his relationship with her.
Then Andy takes a more proactive role in the life of his teenage niece, who is having a hard time with her parents. This gives him a reason to be involved in his own life, as does his new job as a kids TV show host (and the personal trainer that’s included).
Andy continues to come to life as he’s pursued by the women who watch his show with their kids, and as he pursues his (married) crush.
And through this, the weather in San Diego remains sunny and calm.
In the end, we learn about what caused the unnatural quiet in Andy’s life, and see what happens to him and to San Diego as the end of the drought is in sight.
I admit to getting a kick out of Andy’s time as a kids TV show host– I kept seeing Steve from Blue’s Clues, which was the number one show on the TV at my house. I don’t think I would have reacted the way so many women in the book did if I’d run into Steve when I was out for the evening, though!
I read this book as part of the Summer Reading Series at Books on the Brain), and I want to thank Lisa and Shawn for my copy of this book. I enjoyed the on-line discussion, and appreciated Shawn’s insights into his writing of the book.