Review: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

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Ohmigosh. This is another GREAT book by my new favorite author, Penny Reid. It’s labelled as “Knitting in the City 1.5” on Goodreads. As with any point five or point anything book, I was expecting this to be a quick easy read, i.e., 100-pages max. When my e-reader loaded 600 pages when I opened the e-book (landscape mode), of course, I was surprised and thought there was a bonus book in the end. Nope. It turns out: this was a full novel. Eep!

Ms. Reid brought the word “fun” into the “fun-tastic.”

Ha. That was a corny joke. You’ll thank whatever gods there may be that Ms. Reid is better at writing smart romance and funny scenes than I am. There were a few LOL moments as I read “Neanderthal Marries Human.”

  1. The title alone entices a smile, at the very least.
  2. Janie explaining to her friend, Steven, why she wants to marry Quinn. She says, and I paraphrase: love is a virus. “The relationship is the virus, and both Quinn and I, separately, are the host cells, The key is to find a relationship, a virus, that encourages you to be stronger, a better person, but also be able to show weakness without fear of exploitation – a relationship that challenges you, but also makes you happy and lifts you up.” Steven can only reply: “I love you, Janie. Only you can compare a relationship to a disease, and make it sound both romantic and terminal.”
  3. Janie’s irrational, yet still very rational, logic, as to why she and Quinn should have a big “Say Yes to the Dress” type of wedding.

There were also tears-in-my-eyes moments:

  1. The actual wedding
  2. Quinn and Janie’s new relationship with Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan, especially the scenes where Mrs. Sullivan cooked all of Quinn’s favorite foods in their reunion dinner and where Janie had a surprising helper in picking out THE wedding dress.
  3. I’m left feeling a bit sad about his sister, Shelly. She sounds weirder than Janie, to the point of me having to look for a sufficient term for someone who has no feelings or emotions.
  4. Quinn’s “hidden” chapter, where Janie distinguishes family v. friends. To a certain point, I agree with her. After all, brothers & sisters are a matter of blood, while friends are a matter of the heart.
  5. Quinn is Batman. ‘Nuff said.


OH! And, Ms. Reid explains in this book why Quinn did not want Janie to be part of the account management team for his company’s private clients (a niggling point of “what the hey happened?” in my first Penny Reid post). THAT alone endeared me even more to Ms. Reid (wait… or is it Ms. Reid endeared herself more to me?). Maybe I wasn’t the only reader who was curious about that small point from “Neanderthal Seeks Human.” Maybe Ms. Reid read my mind, even though I am THREE YEARS behind the first publication of this book. Maybe she also read her other readers’ comments? In any case, if Ms. Reid gets this open-letter/blog post about my love (so far) for her Knitting In The City books, then please allow me to express my gratitude for the clarification, ma’am!


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