Review of Chaperones by Megan Karasch

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I was excited to begin reading Chaperones because it centered around one of my favorite things – photography – but I soon found it was much more than that. Chaperones is about love, relationships, growing up and finding oneself.

Andrea is a sheltered, over-parented twenty-six year old young woman who lives in Los Angeles and is at a relationship crossroad with her boyfriend, Brandon. She’s offered the assignment of a lifetime – the opportunity to tour England while photographing castles, cathedrals and other spectacular English landmarks. Thinking she’s embarking on this journey alone, Andrea is more than a little surprised when she’s told she’ll have two chaperones – Rob and Harry – joining her.  Through a series of mishaps, missteps, disasters and personal revelations, Andrea finally begins to mature and grow.

I initially had some difficulty connecting with the main character, Andrea. As a former twenty-six year and now the parent of a twenty-six year old, I had a bit of trouble believing that someone could be that sheltered – especially someone who lives in Los Angeles. Andrea’s fears of practically everything became tiresome quickly to everyone around her (including me). And, the behavior of Andrea’s parents – George and Annie – bordered on psychotic at times (hiding in the bushes to make sure your tween makes it safely to the corner store?). This was helicopter parenting to the extreme. As I read the beginning I had a sense that the author did this as way to accentuate the character transformations that would probably be coming by the end of the book. And I was right, but that was alright because it worked.

The dialogue in Chaperones is witty, genuine and intelligent (although at times I had a bit of trouble believing that two people as pious and uptight as Andrea’s parents – and to some extent, Andrea herself – would use so many swear words). The interaction between characters (particularly after Andrea’s transformation) was insightful, lovely and charming. The descriptions of England and all its grand glory were detailed and described exceptionally well.

I eventually fell in love with Andrea’s character and found myself rooting for her romantic happiness. Megan Karasch has artfully taken a slightly irritating, overgrown child and turned her into a perceptive, confident, mature woman right before our eyes.

I would highly recommend Chaperones to readers who might enjoy a sweet and funny story about life, love and relationships (and who doesn’t?).  As a side note, this book gets major props for absolutely no typos! I look forward to Megan’s next work!

Chaperones by Megan Karasch

Book Description:

For Andrea Lieberman, life began at 26. Growing up with parents so protective they made a convent seem like a Sandal’s resort, she developed a catalog of phobias so large, even going into a church seemed risky business.

Finally, Andrea had had enough; she wanted to live rather than fear dying. Without hesitation, she accepts a photography assignment for a magazine traveling through England and packs up her camera, her pepper spray and every insecurity she accumulated since birth.

Excited but petrified to reveal the news to her boyfriend, he intercepts with news of his own – a marriage proposal, leaving the lingering question of their impending nuptials as she travels abroad. Upon touching down in England, Andrea flops around like a fish out of water.

The magazine’s staff – the idiot, the slut, and the mute – offer little comfort outside of a pint of beer until she’s assigned two blokes as travel companions – a tight-arsed copywriter and a drop-dead gorgeous art director with movie star charm. These two men help Andrea push herself beyond her comfort zone while testing the limits of her fortitude and her relationship with her boyfriend.

The photographic journey becomes a comedy of errors thanks to unforeseen obstacles at every turn. As Andrea struggles to complete the assignment, she discovers the most revealing picture she develops will be of herself.

 

About Megan Karasch:                Megan Karasch

Megan Karasch was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After
college, she worked in a creative capacity assisting with the production of
stories for a nationally televised entertainment news program. Following
her television stint, she went to law school in Southern California where
she earned her J.D. For almost two years, commencing in 2007, while the
analytical side of her brain was hard at work in the law, she exercised the
creative side writing for a popular Los Angeles lifestyle online magazine,
writing music reviews and special interest pieces.

Currently, both halves of her brain remain active while she continues to
practice law and has begun what she hopes is a prosperous and rewarding
life using the written word to enlighten and enliven. Megan lives in
Southern California with her cat, Squeaker, and spends her time reading,
watching ice hockey, socializing with her friends and family and playing
drums.


Chaperones is available in eBook format for Kindle, and in paperback.