No Offense by Meg Cabot
What do you get when you mix a recently dumped librarian, a major DILF, and a baby abandoned in a bathroom? No Offense, but a really f***ing good novel.
When Molly Montgomery moves to Little Bridge in the Florida Keys after her failed engagement, she expects life as the small town’s librarian to be checking out books and running cookie decorating programs. What she finds instead is the unexpected: a newborn baby in the bathroom of her tiny library. This leads her to connect with the town’s sheriff, John Hartwell, recent divorcee, single father, and major DILF. Together, despite their frustrations, they work together to solve the town’s newest mysteries. Who left the baby in the bathroom, where are the wealthy gang members who call themselves the Sunshine Kids, and who is the local burglar? In between solving crime, however, Molly and John might just find love in the most unlikely places.
I want to start off by saying that I am a major Meg Cabot fan. I started with the Princess Diaries and moved my way up. I’ve realized recently that I maybe need to stop just reading YA and venture into big girl books. I figured starting with my tried and true author of choice would be a safe start. Meg Cabot ALWAYS delivers. She’s never endingly creative. All of her books have this essence that is totally delightful, but still have wildly different plot points.
Anyways, down to the nitty gritty of this book. I loved the structure of this book. The shifting perspective between Molly and John each chapter created a wonderful juxtaposition. You get to watch the same scenes, but from each character’s eyes. I enjoyed the way both Molly and John seemingly hated each other at first, but slowly, as it should be, fall for each other.
Cabot writes wonderful characters. Full stop. Her main characters are well rounded, but her secondary characters are just as round. For example, Eijah, a local softhearted punk who hangs around the library teaching the little kids about “pornogwaphy,” is a fun addition to the Little Bridge community. The town itself is almost a character. Even if you haven’t been to the Florida Keys, Cabot makes it feel real to you. The town breathes and moves.
I have yet to read the first of the Little Bridge novels, but it didn’t affect my comprehension of anything going on within the book. They share a universe, yet I didn’t need one to complete the other. I’ll definitely be going back to read No Judgements (the first novel) to go on another trip to Little Bridge.
For those who grew up on Meg Cabot books and are intimidated to dip their toes in the world of Adult Fiction, No Offense, is a great start. It’s a romance with still a fun, youthful tone that doesn’t leave you bored. My personal bias to Cabot aside, I would highly recommend No Offense. It’s a beach read with the built in beach. I read it from the comfort of my own home (thanks Corona,) but I enjoyed my vacation to Little Bridge. For lovers of mysteries and a good old fashioned romance, No Offense, is for you.
Lorynn Watt is a junior English major at DeSales University. She’s the daughter of Meg, the Queen Bee, though if you call her Princess Bee she will definitely cut you. When Lorynn isn’t reading, she can be found writing, listening to a weird mish-mash of music, cuddling her dogs and guinea pigs, and ingesting too much caffeine.