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Adventures with Max and Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith

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Originally published under the title Knockers, Oaksmith’s pedestrian debut tells the story of food critic Molly Gallagher, who expects the surgery she undergoes to correct some minor scars to be routine; unfortunately, the results are anything but.

Owing to a mix-up with the charts, she is mistakenly given breast implants that bring her from a tiny A to an enormous D. Until the medical board can approve another surgery, Molly is saddled with these new appendages that have some mixed side effects. She lands a date with Chas Bowerman, an old crush who would have never given her a passing glance otherwise, but soon hears voices coming from beneath her bra. “Max” and “Louise” give her advice on everything from her career to her love life, and along the way Molly learns about confidence, love, and forgiveness from the most unexpected source.

With a chick lit vibe that will placate readers of Carole Matthews’s and Jennifer Crusie’s books, Adventures displays some real heartfelt moments despite the outlandish premise, but not every reader will be charmed by talking breasts.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, February 22, 2013

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