As for me - I want to read it, but I nearly started crying just reading the jacket copy, so I'm not sure I can make it through this one. . I usually like books with flawed characters, but the author went far beyond flawed in creating these characters to the point where they are unbelievably dysfunctional, both apart and especially so together. But what he really wants is a love of his own. Perhaps that's why Greta Cassamajor catches him off guard. This is a very interesting tale, very romantic like even if this isn't a conventional romance.
In terms of writing and tempo, the narrative is engaging, humorous and well-paced. What obstacles did you encounter, and what did you take away from your experience? It doesn't fit neatly into a genre box. I want to know where this empathetic Samuel goes, because a good part of the book felt like what you'd get if decided to write romance. Perhaps that's why Greta Cassamajor catches him off guard. Being vulnerable enough to admit why he ditched his programming career for teaching? What else could or should he have done? While Samuel faces the school's unprincipled principal, outdated computers, and difficult students, Greta proves remarkably perceptive and caring.
Maybe it got better, I was beyond caring by that point. Because the author puts the reader through so many fits and starts, I found it hard to find that nice zone to get into these characters and explore their nuanced. I think there were approximately five scenes in Courting Greta that fit this criterium, which must be some kind of record. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs and space. Women who aren't always traditionally feminine. While there were all sorts of nuggets to make this a great little contemporary love story, the douchebag nature of the male character Samuel and the tone-deafness of the female character Greta just made it hard to connect with them or root for them.
The latter interpretation is the correct one, seemingly, as, two pages further on, Samuel is accosted by a sports journalist also attending the baseball game. He's a former jock who's now dependent on crutches and a wheelchair; she's bigger and stronger and more alpha than him in every way--with a secret love of Jane Austen and Regency romance novels. A refreshing, original love story about two socially awkward yet utterly fascinating people. Now that I got my first time date jitters out of the way with new author, Ramsey Hootman and Courting Greta, I can not wait to see what she comes out with next. His physical challenges are described in detail, he's not saintly or inspiring or tragic. I loved the way they negotiated their awkwardness and how they survived the rough times and the way their love just burst into life.
In this charming, unconventional first novel, an unlikely pair stumbles down a rough road of romance and self-discovery with all the emotional and physical baggage that middle age -- and disability -- can bring. This is exactly what I want my romances to be. There were lots of really sad parts. Discuss what role Samuel fills for Greta. Despite being warned against gym teacher Greta Cassamajor, a 46-year-old who towers over and outweighs him, he feels strangely attracted to her.
In this charming, unconventional first novel, an unlikely pair stumbles down a rough road of romance and self-discovery with all the emotional and physical baggage that middle age -- and disability -- can bring. Very original plan of attack to the storyline. Samuel has a disability and uses crutches or a wheelchair. Characters that are wonderfully flawed and have real life problems. He was an arrogant, bitter, selfish young man.
So when he leaves his lucrative career to teach programming to high schoolers, romance definitely isn't on his radar. Hoping to wrap that up this summer. So is Courting Greta really a romance novel? Samuel is starting a new job teaching computers at a high school, after leaving his software development position. And so he finds himself teaching Computer Studies in a small town high school where he meets Greta Cassmajor the school coach. His brother is dropping him off, and then he has to hike half a mile from the parking lot to the school using his crutches. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Now Emily's back in New York, ready to start her college years at Julliard and find her way back to Logan. I promise you — figuring out why these two are the way they are, and watching them connect to each other, is heartwarming and emotional. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. Overall, I was unsatisfied with this story. The author manages to create very distinct people that are consistent within themselves.
The blurb was really interesting - two characters that were very unlike the type we normally see. I don't know why I didn't just set this one aside, but for some reason I was masochistic enough to keep going. All he knows is that he'll do whatever it takes to keep her as long as he can. This book is a mix of funny, adventure, and sadness. The sarcastic gym coach with zero sense of humor is no beauty—not even on the inside. In the case of these two, I wouldn't recommend they sit next to each on a bus ride, much less try some romance on for size.