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Who Hasn T Suffered In The Workplace With A Strangle Worthy Boss With Humor And Charm, Animal Cracker Offers Up A Bunch Of Smart Women Who Plot To Get The Goods On Their Boss At Boston S Venerable Animal Protection OrganizationReaders Rave Hilarious Plot Is Cleverly Crafted Around Believable Characters Couldn T Put It Down, Found Myself Laughing Out Loud Through The Plot S Twists And Turns, And Would Highly Recommend This Book To Anyone Who Enjoys Great Dialogue And Three Dimensional Characters Animal Cracker S A Comedy And A Mystery Diane Salvi Has Found The Job Of Her Dreams In A Pet Rescue Operation Her Gorgeous Boss Should Be On Her Side, But Instead Obstructs Her Efforts To Promote Animal Adoptions Is He Merely Annoying, Or Guilty Of Something Much, Much Worse Diane, Her Reporter Roommate, And Some Savvy Women In The Office Join Forces To Find OutMore From Readers Worth Missing A Night S Sleep And I Laughed And Cried, But Mostly Laughed Animal Cracker Is The Perfect Read For Anyone Seeking Sharp Writing, Clever Women, And A Great Page Turner You Don T Need To Be An Animal Lover To Love Animal Cracker, But If You Are A Champion Of Animal Rights, You Can T Miss This One


10 thoughts on “Animal Cracker

  1. says:

    Andi Brown sent me a free paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I will do my best to uphold my part of the deal Brace yourselves Animal Cracker takes place primarily at the fictional Animal Protection Organization in Boston Our heroine is Diane, a twenty four year old just starting a job as the communications director of the APO Her boss, Hal, is a cartoonish nightmare vision of a horrible boss he s patronizing, vaguely misogynistic, lazy, and stupid The book follows Diane and her coworkers as they try to take down their terrible boss Hijinks and attempts at humor follow, accompanied by unlicensed shelters and dying homeless animals It s a weird blend, to say the least Okay look, the whole thing isn t terrible At least, the idea behind it isn t a group of women working together to upset the patriarchy and save cute animals That s like, four things that I love all rolled together Where Animal Cracker fails, spectacularly, is in the execution of just about every aspect Simply put, this needed an editor A real editor, not just friends of the author who agreed to proofread the novel a few times before it was self published A real editor or hell, someone who knows how to use Google would have at least been able to catch the numerous and glaring errors littering the text To name a few it s Stephen King, not Steven King you drink margaritas, not margheritas and no twenty four year old alive today would ever dial Information when trying to locate a specific bar I M twenty four, and until I read this book I wasn t aware that telephone operator was a job that still existed in the 21st century But the biggest suspension of disbelief ruiner happens towards the end of the book, when Diane is trailing Hal to figure out what he s up to To make sure she isn t recognized, Diane disguises herself as a man and follows her boss To the airport And onto a plane Pop quiz, readers what can you absolutely not do in post 9 11 America, ever Get through airport security carrying the identification of a person who looks nothing like you, that s what I can t even really remember what happened in the pages immediately after that part, because I was too busy trying to figure out how Diane, dressed as man, managed to pass security by showing a woman s driver s license It threw me out of the story so hard I think I still have whiplash At the end of this book, Andi Brown thanks the numerous people who helped her prepare this manuscript, and my question is, how did none of them catch this This story is fixable, I want to emphasize that It needs to go through at least two drafts, but it can be done But it s going to take than a red editor s pen, Ms Brown someone needs to take a hatchet to this book and cut out all the excess And there s a lot of excess to get rid of Entire scenes can be removed almost an entire page is wasted describing the time Diane goes to the movies by herself , and the character list could be sliced almost in half There are two female reporters in this book that could easily be combined into one person, and the APO office staff needs to be downsized to three characters so the author can spend time making them actual characters and not interchangeable cardboard cutouts Diane, Katelyn, and Mary Day that s all we need oh, and if Mary Day is really going to be portrayed as a clich d Southern belle, make sure she doesn t misuse the word y all or say fuck twice in a workplace setting, because trust me, those are two things a Southern belle never, ever does All romance aspects should be sent to the Graveyard of Unnecessary Subplots Diane does not need to be dating her boss s son, and she definitely doesn t need to be consumed by grief over her last failed relationship, as both subplots add nothing to the story and only pissed me off Also, it was super weird to me that what eventually brought Hal down was view spoiler the fact that he went hunting, not that he was embezzling millions of dollars from the APO hide spoiler


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    Animal Cracker by Andi Brown is a chick lit read in which a group of ladies get revenge on their boss Diane begins working at the Animal Protection Organization and soon finds her new boss is not the most liked man around With the help of some friends Diane and the girls get revenge and the recognition they deserve As cute as this one sounds the execution just didn t work for me at all I would compare the story to something like 9 5 with these ladies going for revenge but while it was supposed to be funny most of it fell short leaving me to wish I d just spent the time watching the old classic For reviews please visit


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    A look inside a purely fictional Animal Protection Organization, the shelters, the benefits, the travails of rescuing animals The big fun here is watching the women who run the office taking down the horrible, sexist, patronizing, lazy ass, overpaid boss Oh, who doesn t love Nine to Five Or The Devil Wears Prada Revenge fantasy is a sweet pleasure.For those who enjoy these sorts of things, there s also lots of Boston scenery, a little real estate porn, and drool worthy menus of primarily Italian food And, of course, heartwarming stories about critters finding their forever homes.One full star off for the repeated misuse of y all which is a plural contraction of you all and is not used to address a single person Certainly never by an educated Southerner, which Mary Day is supposed to be Half star off for not distinguishing the characters of the women as much as I would like, but major props for having a diverse cast of characters, and a heroine with lots of female friends.A fun read for the grown ups who loved Nancy Drew.Review copy provided by author.


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    Lots of humor in this whacky mystery One of the things I enjoyed most about it was that it showed that not all women are the catty, back biting bunch of human beings we sometimes get labeled as The protagonist is a smart, empathetic woman, trying make her way in the world while trying to do good things at the same time Don t get me wrong it s not a sappy tale, although the conditions some of the animals found themselves in broke my heart I thought I had old Hal Mason figured out from the beginning, but the author had twists than I expected Thanks Andi Brown I d love to see


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    It seems the universe has given Diane Salvi a break, as she narrates her story of personal change, growth and opportunity While volunteering at an animal shelter following a devastating breakup from her ex boyfriend Andrew, Diane applies to an advert for a position at Animal Protection Organization as their new communications director Diane begins her dream job and we are introduced immediately to her new boss, Hal Mason Hal is Brad Pitt handsome with a charismatic air about him that seems untouchable Hal s wife is a successful Harvard professor, television personality and author Hal s son, Mark, catches Diane s eye and soon wins her heart with his unorthodox ways of playing by his own set of rules.Diane s roommate, Genie and Genie s boyfriend, Donnie, are Diane s confidants and sounding boards in life As Diane comes face to face with the reality that Hal may be of a stumbling block than an ally in Diane s endeavours to make a success of her new position, Genie and Donnie offer support and a different perspective to assist Diane is defining who Hal really is.It soon becomes apparent that there is a lot to the story than meets the eye, as Diane becomes aware of the internal politics from her co workers within the organization This encourages Diane driven by her own passion for animals and the organization to seek answers and truth about what appears to be and what really is.Andi Brown has a writing style most authors seem to miss, and that is how to tell a story without getting side tracked The story flows smoothly, was entertaining and most importantly as realistic as they come without being boring or over the top It is at this point that I must stress that this is not my normal genre of book to read, and I personally do not enjoy narrated stories and yet Andi Brown successfully kept me engrossed as Diane Salvi through her eloquent and down to earth writing style I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would describe it as a refreshing read which bring a jester smile to your face and a satisfying I feel good at the end of the book.


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    I didn t start Andi Brown s ANIMAL CRACKER expecting to stay up reading until six in the morning I d finished another novel and wanted a quick peek at the next one on my list before going to bed But Diane, Brown s over educated under employed heroine, caught my attention from the first scene She s the newest hire at Animal Protection Organization, Boston s premier animal welfare charity Diane is their PR professional, a dream position for a girl who loves animals and loves to write Only the dream becomes a nightmare thanks to her boss, Hal, who seems to go out of his way to thwart his staff s best efforts at fundraising and promotion Is it simply a matter of a self absorbed administrator neglecting his job Or is Hal guilty of something worse Fearing for the welfare of the APO and the helpless creatures in its care, Diane and her quirky co workers set out to discover the truth.Brown creates distinctive characters with authentic voices My favorites include pink loving queen of donor relations Mary Day and the vulnerable Katelyn, a receptionist with terrible taste in lovers Diane herself is a great mix of steel and self consciousness This is not a woman who has her life together by any stretch of the imagination, but she knows right from wrong and goes to hysterical lengths to see justice prevail At one point, when Diane and her reporter roommate travel to Colorado to uncover Hal s secret, the plot edges dangerously close to farce And I never did buy the author s description of Hal as an aging Brad Pitt type I kept envisioning him as Ed Begley Jr in one of his slimier roles,say,the philandering college professor in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT On the other hand, Brown s descriptions of Boston especially north Boston put you right there I wanted to get on a plane and visit some of the restaurants in her Little Italy ANIMAL CRACKER is a light, funny read Well worth missing a night s sleep.


  7. says:

    Animal Cracker captured my interest as an animal lover but with elements of humour, romance, mystery and crime it has a wide appeal Set in an animal rescue center the story is told through the eyes of Diane the newest member of staff She is an animal lover, gifted with the idealism and naivety of the young This ensures a story full of humour, poignancy and relevance.The numerous characters are integral to the plot The story focuses on fund raising for the animal shelters, which throws up an eclectic range of individuals so beautifully crafted they are real The mystery and tension in Animal Cracker is cleverly written ensuring you keep reading.Hal the animal shelter director is noteworthy I hated him from his first appearance This increased my empathy with Diane the heroine as she vows to discover the mysteries of her new workplace.An easy read it is ideal for the journey to work or a lunch break treat I was gifted a Kindle copy of Animal Cracker by Andi Brown the author in exchange for an honest review Jane Hunt Writer First StepsAndi Brown


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    I loved the idea of this book, which centers around an animal shelter organization Diane, and a group of quirky but lovable friends and co workers, fight against the deplorable Hal, who rules the organization with questionable tactics This is a fun and breezy read What I appreciated most is the writing, which is deft and flows well Brown never over writes, which is refreshing thanks you so much for this, Andi.I would have liked animals involved in the story I expected dogs to pop their bony heads throughout the pages and while this does happen, it s one area where Brown could have further developed It would have added another layer of humor and endearment.The plot reads fast, and while some of it is a bit unrealistic, no matter Readers will root for Diane and discover pieces of themselves in her spunky character.Most of all I appreciated that Brown doesn t sink to the standard chick lit formula of a woman needing a man to complete her story Bravo Women can drive their own stories and lives without needing a man to complete the journey, and Diane fully attests to this.I recommend Animal Cracker as a quick and fun read while traveling or curled at home on the couch during a winter snowstorm.


  9. says:

    I got the opportunity to read Animal Cracker when author Andi Brown put out a call for reviews on her Twitter account Never one to miss the opportunity for a free read I read the synopsis on and happily sent my credentials to the contact email in her Tweet Within about thirty minutes Ms Brown kindly sent me a Kindle copy of her book she generously offered a print copy as well and simply asked that I provide an honest review online for other readers.I truly am thankful that I happened to be on Twitter when Andi put out her request because Animal Cracker was the novel equivalent of a hot cup of cocoa It wasn t the heartiest thing I could have read, and it didn t qualify as something healthful or edifying, but I felt warm and comforted as I zipped through the story.My full review is available at my blog.Be forewarned that there are spoilers for the ending in some points of the review.


  10. says:

    This book will definitely capture your attention and you will become immediately invested in the story Dianne the main character, lands her dream job at Animal Protection Organization or at least that s what she thinks Hal, Dianne s boss, the Director of the Animal Protection Organization, is caught under Dianne s radar of suspicion and Dianne recruits her co workers and her roommate to help her investigate Hal.and that s when the fun begins.The story is as entertaining, as it is realistic, and there s to the story that meets the eye as it unfolds The author did a wonderful job in transporting the readers to Boston with her vivid description, I actually felt like I was right there in Boston.My Full Review