Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family. 
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water--wanted for murder.

Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight--and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.


My review:
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I first read this book about ten years ago on the recommendation of a coworker who loved it. I too loved it at that time.

I've just reread it in anticipation of the upcoming movie based on this novel starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum. I still loved it. Stephanie is a divorced, 30 year old, unemployed woman who has fallen on hard financial times. She's sold off most of her belongings and is in dire need of cash. She can't find a job so on a whim she decides to try her hand as a Recovery Agent a.k.a. a Bounty Hunter

She's plucky, but inept. She gets the assistance of a professional, Ranger, who happens to also be quite hot and is tickled at the idea of playing Henry Higgins to her Eliza Dolittle. She's trying to apprehend Morelli, who is also hot, and with whom she has a past. 

Her family is a bit wacky and I love, love, LOVE Grandma Mazur! Her role in this one is quite small, but she gets a bigger role is some of the later books. There is a lot of humor in this book, but also a lot of violence and a bit of pure emotion as well. 

Queen Latifah
My favorite quote from this book is from Morelli to Stephanie. He says "You're a marshmallow. Soft and sweet and when you get heated up you go all gooey and delicious." She's annoyed with him, but him saying that to me would have lit my candle, if you know what I mean.

Mike Tyson at SXSW 2011Mike Tyson
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For those of you who have been living under a rock and missed all the hoopla, this is the first book in a series of 18+ Stephanie Plum books. The next few are also pretty darn good in my opinion, but after awhile all the near dear experiences, explosions, and unresolved love triangle get a bit old. 

Now about the movie. As usual when it comes to casting movies, I think they have it all wrong here.  My dream cast for this movie would include Mike Tyson as Benito Ramirez, Danny Devito as Vincent Plum, and Queen Latifa as Lula. 

English: Danny DeVito at the 2010 Comic Con in...Danny DeVito
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Funny but I can't quite decide who should play Stephanie, Ranger or Morelli. Who would you pick?
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