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Lost in Rooville

17 Sep

Lost in Rooville

Ray Blackston

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2005 

Paperback: 298 pages

Book Blurb:

Australia + woman + ring = ?

Jay Jarvis is pondering commitment. But his math is getting complicated.

Can he survive a trip from the beaches of South Carolina to the Outback with his cluster of crazy friends? Or will the allure of a wild roo-chase spoil his perfectly calculated plans? Ray Blackston’s back with more side-splitting humor, unconventional characters, and electrifying dialogue.

Stand alone or series: The third and, as far as I know, last in the Flabbergasted world. It is a series-ish as all three are set in the zany world Blackston first created with many overlapping character, but the second book strays from the main character, Jay, and switches to Neil. But who cares? Read them all!

Why I read this book: Loved the first two, wasn’t going to miss the third.


I’m just going to warn you now, it’s not possible to talk about this book without spoilers. However I will do my best not to give anything away past the first act.

Jay Jarvis plans an exotic trip with Allie to the outback. While Allie thinks she’s just along for the fun of it, Jay searches for the perfect rock on which to pop the rock. One minor problem is that their crazy will-they-won’t-they-commit friends, Steve and Darcy are along for the ride. In an attempt to get rid of them and find an alone space, Jay and Allie venture hundreds of miles into the orange encrusted outback in a burnt orange Land Cruiser. Not the best of plans.

As usual, this book is split up into three acts. I enjoyed the first act though not quite to the same standard that I had enjoyed the other books. To be honest, the second act dragged for me a bit. It took a while for me to get through. I think this is due to a lack of action/movement and the sad vibe it takes on. I’m used to getting hit with contemplative thinking in the middle of a laugh in these novels, but this strayed from pondering to… well, to unpleasant places. Act three is when it really picked up for me. I’m not sure if it was the change of scenery, but back in some familiar locations my love of these novels and characters returned in full force. I wouldn’t go to sleep until I finished.

Blackston has produced another wacky, I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened tale that will keep you wondering and wandering till the end. If you’ve read the others, this is a must to see how it all turns out for the nutty couples we’ve come to know and love. And I’ve got to say I love the epilogue. I’m usually not a big fan of epilogues (the Harry Potter one comes to mind in particular), but this one was spot on and ended the series on just the right note. All I can say is happy reading and if you’re going to the Australian outback make sure at least somebody knows where you are. 



A Delirious Summer

23 Aug

A Delirious Summer

Ray Blackston

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2004

Paperback: 331 pages

Book Blurb:

Would you travel thousands of miles just to get a date?

Neil Rucker’s tempted. His life as a Spanish language teacher in Ecuador affords little opportunity for romance. So when his worst student, stockbroker-turned missionary Jay Jarvis, negotiates a trade of extra credit for a respite in Greenville, South Carolina, Neil’s delirious summer begins.

But the girls of Greenville aren’t waiting for dates. They’ve crafted a plan—a database and an organization—to find Mr. Rights in every denomination and congregation… if only Neil and the other available bachelors show up at the same places they do.

As the girls church-hop in search of the perfect man, Neil struggles to keep up and find the perfect girl among the Neopolitan choices: short, demanding redhead Lydia; thrill-seeking and lead-footed blonde Darcy; and the very tardy but dangerous raven-haired Alexis with the pierced eyebrow.

Between reckless driving, the double-double mochas, and the lessons in crabbing for dinner, Neil will have to figure out who’s the girl for him—a process that would render any guy delirious.

Stand alone or series: A bit of both I’d have to say. This book is second Blackston’s wonderful debut, Flabbergasted. However, A Delirious Summer has a new narrator and follows a new plot line with old plot lines intertwined. It could easily be read as a stand alone but why? Flabbergasted is fabulous… though if you’ve read the book blurb above it’s given away the biggest surprise of the prior novel.

Why I read this book: If you couldn’t tell by the near slobbering above, I loved the first book. Reading the second was a no brainer. I took it with me to the beach because in a shelf full of heavy novels I knew this one would discuss such subjects in a fun and funny way that wouldn’t leave me feeling down while sunning in the sand. (And there was almost a guaranteed beach trip in the novel.)


I never know how to talk about a Ray Blackston novel except to say: YOU SHOULD READ IT!!!! However, that’s not very helpful for a review.

Blackston is a funny guy who writes modern day Christian novels from a guy’s perspective (which we need more of) in a way that guys and girls can enjoy. He’ll take you to crazy places with even crazier people who you’ll come to love in just a few pages. Not only will you be laughing so hard people on the airplane will look at you funny (they were looking at me), but he also addresses subjects like God’s will vs our will and temptation in a down-to-earth, incredibly relatable way.

Neil Rucker is what he calls an almost missionary—teaching missionaries how to speak Spanish all over Latin America. Now furlough has arrived and he ends up in the lovable, zainy town of Greenville, South Carolina. Swept up in a whirlwind of dates with some of Greenville’s most eligible church-hoppers Neil has no idea what he’s gotten himself into.

You’ll find yourself laughing, affirming “Uh-huh” right along with Quilla and wondering how on earth the characters ended up there, but you’ll never be bored. I know I couldn’t put it down. This is a two thumbs up recommendation to guys, girls, your neighbor across the street you never talk to, that person you always pass in the grocery store and anyone else you can think of.