Review: Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

A few days late, but I wanted to finally share my review of Crystal Hemmingway’s Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend published by Galbadia Press!

Crystal has trouble saying no to her lonely, single mother. For 25 years, it wasn’t a problem. But when one small mistake leaves Crystal jilted, homeless and unemployed, she has to move back in with the one person who caused it all: her mother.

Soon Crystal is sucked into her mother’s vortex, partying with boomers and hawking misshapen marshmallows. Desperate for some independence, she hatches a foolproof plan: get an experimental android to play her mom’s “perfect” boyfriend. It’s only a matter of time before her mom finds out, and Crystal will never live down the hilarious and disastrous consequences.

Written in an addicting, fast-paced format, Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is a humorous yet deeply honest portrayal about the complicated friendship between mothers and daughters. Because sometimes the people we least want to rely on are those who can help us the most.

Goodreads Synopsis

I will admit that I went into this book with some trepidation. It’s a bit outside my usual comfort zone, I don’t read a whole lot of contemporary or comedy. I couldn’t pass up a story about mothers and daughters and android boyfriends, though!

Turns out, I am so happy I was able to read this book! I immediately fell in love with this novel. It’s quirky, cute, easy to read, and so full of heart.

The narrative style is a collection of text messages, emails, and journal entries, through which we get to watch the story unfold from the point of view of both mother and daughter. The style keeps moving and the story benefits greatly from the fast-paced aesthetic. Action happens in little bursts of text, very much like the way we’re engaging with the world on a daily basis. We quickly get into the head of the characters that we’re being shown the story through – and learn quickly that they are flawed narrators. Both women have their biases about the world around them, and we have to understand those so that we can see what is going on that they’re missing. It’s an exciting way to go through a narrative, especially with such compelling characters!

The other major reason I really fell in love with Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is because of how relatable this story is. The android boyfriend is not something I encounter on a daily basis, but the complicated relationship between a mother and a daughter is something I can relate to. These are two grown women who love each other deeply, and want what is best for the other, but can’t quite grasp that they may not know what’s best. Navigating the changing relationship of a mother and daughter from childhood to adulthood is a challenge. Suddenly, the daughter is her own person, with her own agency, and her own way of life, and this new person wants her mother to change with her. This novel doesn’t shy away from the complications that ensue. Hemmingway doesn’t ever shy away from the messiness of life. From complicated relationship statuses, to how easy it is to find yourself in dire financial straights, to trying to find your passion in life at any age, to not being confident in your appearance, we get a taste of the mess that occurs daily for many women.

The second I finished the book, which was very quickly, I called my mum. Just because. When I got married the other weekend, I brought my copy of the book along to lend to her, because I felt it would appeal to her as much as it appealed to me.

Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend is a 4 out of 5 Star book for me. I felt a bit bait and switched with how little the android boyfriend actually played into the story, but the narrative style and the heart and soul of the book really shone for me! I hope to read more of Crystal’s work in the future!

Thank you to Galbadia Press for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!

About the Author

Crystal Hemmingway is a corporate washout and novelist. She lives in Los Angeles with her favorite person and two cats. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys binge-watching TV shows, eating sugary cereals, and pretending to write at coffee shops.

Crystal Hemmingway’s Website

About the Publisher

Galbadia Press is an independent publisher of printed books and eBooks. Our titles represent a range of genres, including romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, as well as speculative fiction for young adults. We also offer select non-fiction titles.

Galbadia Press’s Website

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