It’s Day 12, and I’m proud to say that Daphne from Gone Pecan is taking over today. Daphne is part of the 30s and Over Blogger Group I’m a part of, and I love her! I think you will too. She’s sharing a fun, romantic read, but that also features some parts that might break your heart…”in the best way.” Enjoy!
The Cubicle Next Door by Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell’s insightful, funny chick-lit style shines in this story of putting up walls and tearing them down–all for love.
Jackie Harrison, a computer administrator at the Air Force Academy, is a self-proclaimed geek who must share her cubicle space with the new guy, instructor and former pilot Joe Gallagher. She turns to her online journal to vent and eventually to express growing feelings toward this office neighbor who is everything she is not–fun, happy, and social.
But when her blog is featured as a top pick on primetime news, everyone reads it–including Joe. Will he figure out the words of adoration and confusion are written about him? And will Jackie ever risk expressing her heart offline?
This is one of my all-time favorite books, I’ve read it multiple times.
Jackie Harrison works at the Air Force Academy and lives with her grandmother. She is very socially stunted and awkward. She has very definite feelings about things and does not venture outside of her comfort zone. When she gets a office mate, Joe, a former fighter pilot, she’s pretty angry about it and writes about it in her blog, The Cubicle Next Door. Over the course of the book, Jackie reluctantly becomes friends with Joe because he pretty much inserts himself in her path and won’t move. Then Jackie starts to fall for Joe but does not know how to handle it.
I have a soft spot for socially awkward characters. I don’t know why, but they get me right in the heart. I feel for them on a level that I cannot describe.
Jackie is not only awkward, she’s opinionated, she’s stubborn (oh, is she stubborn) and she’s broken. Joe is tough and smart, and he won’t let Jackie get away with keeping people at a distance.
There’s so much to love about this book and I wish it was more popular.
There are some really fantastic and romantic scenes in this book that I sometimes go back to read because they’re beautiful and they break my heart in the best way.