I decided to read The Tourist Attraction because I wanted to join in on the @thechicklitbookclub
discussion. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.
Graham Barnett owns a diner called The Tourist Trap in a small Alaskan town. Joke is, he hates the tourists who overrun his home and has a strict no dating tourists policy. Then Zooey Caldwell walks into his diner. She’s saved for years to afford her dream vacation to Alaska and plans to enjoy every minute of it. She’s bunking at an up-scale resort with her wealthy bestie, Lana, but Zooey is different than the other tourists and Graham starts breaking his rules for her.
The book was light and fun and full of quirky banter. The buddy read group got Gilmore Girl vibes, and I can see that, although I don’t think Graham was quite the grump he’s advertised to be. I’ve also read Nick Miller from The New Girl comparisons, although Graham seems to have his act a little more together. There wasn’t a lot of mystery in this book, which is a weird thing to say about a romance because is there ever But this felt even less mysterious. You knew they were getting together right from the get go and Zooey’s lack of backstory made it hard to imagine any other ending for the book. The fact is, we just didn’t learn very much about her or her friendship with Lana. Graham is a much more developed character even though the book is told from both their POVs.
My one other small complaint was that there was a lot of “I’m a strong woman who can take care of myself” rhetoric, but a lot of needing to be saved by men. Which I don’t actually have a problem with. I just didn’t need to hear how strong they were over and over.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny and I loved their relationship. I think a lot of people will love the Alaskan setting. Plus there are two more books in this series coming out! For the third time in a two-week period, I’m endorsing a popcorn book. What can I say I love popcorn and movie theaters are still closed.