Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Courting Greta

Courting Greta
By Ramsey Hootman
Gallery Books, 2013. 376 pages. Fiction.

When former computer programmer Samuel Cooke starts life as a high school computer teacher, he forms an unlikely relationship with tough gym coach, Greta Cassamajor. But between their past hurts and Samuel's over-arching consciousness of his physical limitations as a result of spina bifida, the relationship seems doomed from the start. Will they be able to let down their barriers and really experience the growing love between them?

I picked up this book thinking it would be similar to The Rosie Project, which was a fun book. This didn't have the same lightness of touch that Graeme Simsion was able to create, but Hootman did do a great job of creating a unique story and tension between the characters. You are able to empathize with both sides of the relationship, even though you see it all from Samuel's perspective. The book is pretty heavy on language and does have some sexual content.


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