One for the Money - 2015 Reading Challenge

Two book reviews in one day. It must be the weekend! After reading On the Floor and One for the Money within just a couple of weeks, it hit me that the books had quite a few similarities. Both were written by women in the first person point of view of a woman in her late twenties. These main characters are strong, independent ladies who "don't need no help from nobody", to paraphrase. They also have extreme circumstances happening in their professional lives that force them to make some difficult decisions.

But both books are completely different and left me with completely different reading experiences. So, without further ado, here's my quick and dirty review of One for the Money.

A book with a number in the title

For better or for worse, people probably take you a little less seriously if you're reading a paperback with Katherine Heigl on the cover. Sort of just the way it is. But especially after this year, I have come to be of the firm opinion that you should read what makes you happy.

And you know what? One for the Money was a fun read. The main character's voice was sharp, sarcastic, character-revealing, and hilarious. The story was interesting and lent itself well to a quick read. And for 300 pages, there were very few dull moments.

There are some men who enter a woman’s life and screw it up forever. Joseph Morelli did this to me—not forever, but periodically.

So opens novel #1 of this bestselling series. Stephanie Plum is the star of more than 20 books by Janet Evanovich at the time of writing this. Down on her luck after being let go from her job, Stephanie searches desperately for work and ends up at her cousin Vinnie's, signing up to be a bounty hunter. Her first target? A rogue cop accused of shooting an unarmed man. Oh, and her childhood friend who also happens to be the guy who stole her virginity.

For all its hilarity, snark, and irreverence, One for the Money actually goes into some pretty dark places as well, as Stephanie quickly makes enemies and starts being stalked by a psychotic wrestling champion known for mutilating women and getting away with it. While her target, Morelli, continues to dance around her and avoid capture, she has to hunt some easier court-dodgers and ends up being shot at, punched, and nearly murdered a few times.

Evanovich certainly doesn't spare her any discomfort, humiliation, or terror -- but that's one of the reasons I love it. Stephanie goes through hell in the space of about ten days, but she maintains her sense of humor, her dignity, and her positive outlook because damn it, that's what she has to do. I don't throw words like 'empowering' around very often, but I definitely think it works for One for the Money.

In contrast to On the Floor, I closed One for the Money with satisfaction and a little smile, because as much as it was a bit of light fluff, it was also enjoyable to read from front to back. I never set out to compare the two before writing this review, but if I had to re-read one, I know which one it would be.