Becca By the Book – Laura Jensen Walker

by | Jan 29, 2010 | Fiction Book Reviews | 6 comments

Sales clerk, barista, telemarketer, sign waver…

At twenty-five, free-spirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn’t want to be is bored. She craves the rush of a new experience, whether it’s an extreme sport, a shocking hair color, or a new guy. That’s why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and broke her leg.

And that’s why, grounded and grumpy, Becca bristles when teased by friends for being commitment-phobic. In response, Becca issues an outrageous wager—that she can sustain a three-month or twenty-five date relationship with the next guy who asks her out. When the guy turns out to be “churchy” Ben—definitely not Becca’s type—she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her purple-haired, free-speaking, commitment-phobic self into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings.

This irrepressible Getaway Girl will have you cheering her on as she “suffers” through her dates, gains perspective on her life’s purpose, and ultimately begins her greatest adventure of all.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Becca By The Book, go HERE

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If you’ve never picked up a book by Laura Jensen Walker, you’ve missed a funny and inspiring walk into a world where any friendship is possible. Becca by the Book is a cute, and sometimes incredibly poignant, novel about a young woman who thinks her life is fine…until she’s swept into a wager that leads her directly into the place she never wants to go: church.

Fighting against her own preconceived notions and the stereotypic ensemble of church-goers, Becca is thrust into an environment where the truth is lived out in a way she never expected. Her friends, The Getaway Girls, come along side to guide her through a journey of weird Bible words/definitions, self-righteous singles, and people whose love for the Lord leaves her longing for the same type of love. So her search for thrills and adventures, lead her to the ultimate adventure – life with Christ.

It’s a book with a deep message. God looks at the heart – no matter the hair color. 🙂

One disclaimer, if you are looking for a book with sweeping romance like Laura’s previous books, Miss Invisible (my ALL TIME FAVORITE of her books), or Reconstructing Natalie (a fantastic look at the life of a young woman with breast cancer), Becca by the Book doesn’t share the lovely flare of romance. It’s sweet. The friendships are key, but there isn’t one daggone kiss.

Great book, though, Laura…as usual.


  1. sherrinda

    Nice review! It sounds like a wonderful premise, but goodness…no kiss? 🙂 I haven’t read any of her books and will definitely try and find one!

  2. sherrinda

    Hey! Congrats on making CFOM’s Best Book Review of January with this review! That is awesome! 🙂

  3. pepperbasham

    Are you serious? I did?? When did that happen?

  4. CeeCee

    Congrats on CFOM’s Best Book Review!! I didn’t get a chance to finish this book yet. But not one kiss, huh? Shameful! (kidding)

    • pepperbasham

      LOL, CeeCee – right not one kiss, but her other books provide the needed anecdote for that malady 😉 This one is full of good humor, though and depth.
      Thanks for the Congrats. I was really surprised. Didn’t even know about it until someone else told me 🙂 Go figure.
      For kissing goods, check out the Kissing BlogFEST I have going on right now on my blog. LOTS of fun!! But bring a large glass of ice water and maybe a fan 😉

  5. Cheryl Klarich

    Sorry, didn’t love this one.


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