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Weather Girl, I can’t wait to see you – Russell to Ari
Weather Girl is an incredibly charming romance. Warm and sweet, it’s also honest about what depression can do to a person and the rigors and difficulties of single parenthood, mean bosses and difficult parents.
Ari Abrams is a cheery weather girl stuck with a rotten boss. Working at a Seattle news station, she works under her childhood idol, grumpy senior meteorologist Torrance Hale – who makes the adult Ari’s life utterly miserable, being impossible to please and often abusive. It doesn’t help that Ari’s engagement has just fallen through (her fiancé didn’t like that she was taking pills to control her depression).
Russell Barringer works as a sportscaster at Ari’s new station, and his boss, senior anchor Seth Hale, keeps making his life miserable as well. Yet the Seth and Torrance will not give an inch and continue to work together at KSEA.
One night, Russell and Ari get to commiserating. Knowing that Torrance and Seth were once married, they decide to match-make their bosses back together, which will hopefully put an end to their grumpiness. But Russell and Ari can’t predict that they’re going to find true love together – and that a number of obstacles will lie in their way.
Weather Girl is lovely, honest and kind about what it’s like to have depression but live through it without fear. I liked Ari and Russell, two normal folks grappling with their scars as they try to find true love.
As always, Solomon brings a wonderfully diverse cast to the page. Both Ari and Russell are Jewish; Russell is plus-sized; Ari’s brother is gay. I loved spending time with all of them; I loved Ari’s obsession with the weather and Russell’s cinnamon roll behavior. I loved how they come around to helping each other out, and recognize that the way the world has treated them is wrong. I loved that Ari felt able to open up to Russell, and eventually show him her depressed side, without shame or guilt. It was impossible not to love them.
There isn’t much to dislike here; the book itself is terribly cute, the romance wonderful and spicy, the grumps become friends and then realize the error of their ways. The book is pretty and tender and honest and true. I loved reading it, and I spent hours soaking in it. Weather Girl showers its readers with warmth and sweetness, ultimately providing them with many a sunny day.
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