Friday, February 03, 2017
Forks, Knives, and Spoons by Leah DeCesare Review
About Forks, Knives and Spoons
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. Or so Amy York’s father tells her as he sends her off to college. But he never suspects just how far or how seriously his daughter will take this lighthearted advice. Clinging to her dad’s “Utensil Classification System” (UCS) as a guide, Amy leads three female friends and her Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters at Syracuse University in scoping out, over their years on campus in the pre cell-phone 1980s, which potential love interests are dispassionate “spoons,” which are arrogant, inconsiderate “forks” and which are “steak knives” -- the best soul-mate and husband material.
Long after graduation the UCS lives on, shaping the young women’s choices and romances as they continue their quest for the perfect steak knife.
Until the day Amy discovers that she had it all wrong… Only then can she and her friends see the vital importance of believing, above all, in themselves.
Dawn Lerman, bestselling author of My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family with Recipes, New York Times Well Blog columnist says, “Leah DeCesare captured me on the very first line, ‘There are three types of guys: forks, knives and spoons.’ With imagination, highly relatable characters, and witty dialogue we are taken back to our youths - reevaluating and categorizing all of our crushes. A lovely story of friendship, love, and the amazing time between childhood and adulthood.”
Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie and Drinking Closer to Home adds:
“I couldn’t help but get nostalgic as I read the charming and witty Forks, Knives, and Spoons. There is a delicious innocence and great fun in reading about young women seeking love and romance in a time before a left or right swipe had anything to do with dating. This book is full of heart and hopefulness—a joy to read.”
About Leah DeCesare
Leah DeCesare is the author of Forks, Knives And Spoons (2017, SparkPress) and the nonfiction parenting series Naked Parenting, based on her work as a doula, early parenting educator, and mom of three. Leah’s articles on parenting have been featured in The Huffington Post, the International Doula and The Key, among others. In 2008, Leah co-founded the nonprofit Doulas of Rhode Island, and in 2013 she spearheaded the Campaign for Hope to build the Kampala Children’s Centre for Hope and Wellness in Uganda. In a past life, Leah worked in public relations and event planning. She now writes, teaches and volunteers in Rhode Island where she lives with her family and their talking cockatiel.
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- A longer read with over 400 pages this book if filled with a few light romances. It is not overly romantic or uncomfortable to read. There is traces of humor and found a way to open a forgotten gap in my mind, to as time when dating was a thing and you had to be involved emotionally so much so then today's point and click dating scene. Of course now and days being able to go and meet strangers face to face is a bit more dangerous especially on campus.
Posted by Cassandra McCann