Title: Animate Me [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Ruth Clampett
Publisher: Clampett Studio Collections
Release Date: May 1, 2013
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One Line: A very sweet and cute romance that I really enjoyed reading.
About the Book: She seemed far beyond his reach…could love draw them together?
For years shy animator Nathan has carried a torch for Brooke, the beautiful and dynamic Director of Development at their animation studio, even creating B-Girl, a comic-book heroine in her likeness. When a new project throws the two of them together, lovestruck Nathan finally seizes his moment – only to find Arnauld, head of the animation studio, claiming exclusive rights to Brooke’s affections.
But Nathan, it turns out, is not giving up on his dreams so easily. With inspired determination, he sets out to be the super hero of wooing his girl. Threatened by his persistence, Arnauld plays dirty – only to spark an uprising at the studio that unleashes the sort of havoc only a building full of frustrated animators can create. While Nathan pulls out all the stops to win his B-girl, Brooke has to choose. Should she pursue the sparkling career that has taken her years to build…or follow her heart?
Well, when you see an adorably clever cover like the one above, how can you not want to read this book? Luckily, the story is just as sweet and adorable as the cover, with the right amount of geeky, romance, drama and smexy times. Clampett does a great job creating such an entertaining story of how the “geek gets the girl”. And FYI, there are illustrations in the book, too! I was pleasantly surprised with this aspect of the story, especially how seamlessly Clampett wove it in, and thought it added a lot of character to the book. I also loved how Clampett had quotes at the beginning of each chapter from various cartoon shows and movies. It made me feel very nostalgic and I smiled every time. If you’re looking for a “feel good” story, then this is it.
Nathan and Brooke’s love story is cute, innocent, and sweet. They share a lot of interests, but their personalities are also quite different, which made them very compatible for each other. I felt like they balanced each other out and fit together nicely. I adored Nathan, his talent as an artist, and his passion for his comic book series. Brooke was a decent female lead. I liked that she is passionate about her work and her overall personality, but she was a little too self-deprecating and it was annoying at times. Nathan was able to attract Brooke’s attention by buying her coffee and drawing cute doodles on her cups, which I thought was the sweetest thing. Their relationship progressed at a good pace and I enjoyed the transition from simple admiration, to meaningful friendship, to really caring and loving one another. I also loved being inside Nathan’s head, because it’s always fun to see how a guy thinks of certain situations.
While I do think that it dragged on a little bit here and there, as it was a pretty lengthy book for what I consider a “light read”, based on its content; I wasn’t bored at all while reading this and found the book very fun. Nathan and Brooke’s blossoming romance kind of took center stage and the drama doesn’t really begin until close to two-thirds of the way in, but I loved their relationship, so that didn’t bother me. Everything flowed together nicely and all the characters were highly entertaining. With relatable characters, witty dialogue, a sweet romance, and beautiful artwork, Animate Me will charm you from start to finish.
Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.
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