Review - Mom's Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway @crystalhemming6 @galbadiapress

Mom's Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway
Publisher: Galbadia Press
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Date Read: July 17, 2019
Length: 305 pages
Source: Publisher
A smart romantic comedy about mothers and daughters, and the hilarious consequences of a white lie.

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.
My Review

This was a fun read!  I decided to pick this one up because I thought it sounded like the perfect light summer read.  I found this to be a really fast-moving book largely because of the way that it was told.  This story is presented through text messages, emails, letters, and journal entries.  All of these things come together to tell the story from different perspectives. 

Crystal and her mother, Margot, are at the core of this story.  This book is about their relationship and other relationships in their life.  Margot can be a bit demanding of Crystal.  She calls and texts very often and wants to be in the middle of everything.  Crystal is trying to set some limits but when her boyfriend leaves for an adventure and she loses her job, she has no choice to move back home with her mom. 

I really liked watching Crystal and Margot both grow as characters in this book.  They both have their own journey and I liked the way that we get to see them navigate their relationship.  The android boyfriend doesn't even come into play until about midway through the book and while that added a bit of fun, the real story watching the characters find themselves while navigating some difficult times.

I thought that the story was fun and that the messages were comical at times.  The pacing of the story was perfectly executed with the different formats providing the change when needed.  Everything was nicely wrapped up by the end of the book and while everything may have come together a little too perfectly, I thought that the book's conclusion fit the story.

I would recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a wonderful summer read with the right amount of light-hearted fun and more thoughtful moments.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Crystal Hemmingway's work in the future.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from Galbadia Press.
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.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter


  1. I should have said yes to this one! One day then

  2. This sounds fun but perhaps too much drama for me right now.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. This sounds like it would be pretty good. Thanks for the great review.

  4. I didn't realize this was told in a mixed format - I love that! Mother-daughter stories can be tricky, but it sounds like this one was well done.

  5. The cover looks as fun as the book sounds. I'm in the mood to laugh too:)


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