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The Charm Offensive: A Novel (edición 2021)

por Alison Cochrun (Autor)

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A MOST ANTICIPATED ROM-COM SELECTED BY * BUZZFEED * LGBTQ READS * BUSTLE * THE NERD DAILY * ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT * FROLIC MEDIA * AND MORE! "The Charm Offensive will sweep you off your feet." --PopSugar In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy--reminiscent of Red, White & Royal Blue and One to Watch--an awkward tech wunderkind on a reality dating show goes off-script when sparks fly with his producer. Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it's no wonder then that he's spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise's history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star. Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn't believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he's a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he's cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off. As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they'll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.… (más)
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Título:The Charm Offensive: A Novel
Autores:Alison Cochrun (Autor)
Info:Atria Books (2021), 361 pages
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Charlie has been tapped as the next male lead on a popular dating show---realistically, he's on it to try to improve his image after he was booted by his co-founder from the company they jointly founded. The lights and forced romance of a dating show aren't really for him, though, and his anxiety and OCD are quickly sent into overdrive. Dev, who's worked on the dating show for years, is assigned as his personal handler, and the two grow closer against the looming countdown of the show's filming schedule.

I really, really enjoyed this. Charlie was such a sweet and genuine human being, and I absolutely loved the range of queer and mental-health representation in this book. It was a really sweet (and not overly on-page graphic, for what it's worth) romance, and it definitely made me emotional at points. While dating reality shows aren't usually my preferred genre of mindless tv, I also thought that it was a fun, sometimes silly backdrop to Charlie and Dev's relationship. ( )
  forsanolim | May 18, 2022 |
Rating: 4.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise’s history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star.

Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off.

As Dev fights to get Charlie to open up to the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.

I CHECKED THIS BOOK OUT OF MY LIBRARY. THANK GOODNESS FOR LIBRARIES...USE YOURS SOON!

My Review
: Reality TV isn't. I realize that's just the most startling thing you've ever read, but it is true. What it is, though, is made by real people and it features real people, with real emotions and feelings; they aren't dolls or puppets or robots. And while that's not something I expect most adults really need telling, intellectually, it's not...um...real. Somehow. (There will be, one day, a better vocabulary for these feelings-at-a-remove. I live for that day.)

But the thing that Author Cochrun did, in creating gorgeous OCD-having anxiety-experiencing Charlie, is something I think the world of reality TV, Romancelandia, and the entire entertainment world could do with a lot more of: She humanized the beautiful façades in a kind, supportive, and genuinely entertaining way. Her decision to make gawky, geeky Dev into a multifaceted man, her decision to have these two men, fractured and frantically trying to keep their heads above the dark, cold waters of mental illness's difficult times, find and learn about and accept each other is something still too rare. It is laudable, and the way she made it believable earns my admiration.

I can see a lot of eyes rolling at the idea of a gorgeously chiseled six-pack-sportin' tech millionaire having anxiety and OCD problems. Truth is many beautiful-looking people are beset by issues that onlookers don't think to wonder if they experience. The very idea is foreign..."if I only had money and/or looked like X I'd be happy all the time!"...but it honestly should shame us how much stock we put in that nonsense. People have problems. And when they're rich or beautiful or famous, they shouldn't. So when they do....

Brava, Author Cochrun, for slapping an ace on top of that tired old trick.

Then there's the Fun-Guy trope! Life of the party, always a laugh...he couldn't be depressed, he's got this great job and look at how many people he laughs his nights away with!...but the same logic applies. It's another good deed done to remind us that there's no one immune from the hurts of being alive. Putting the two of them together in this highly artificial, addicted-to-surfaces world was a great idea, and one that Author Cochrun pulled off with admirable aplomb.

What works well, works well. There's a minor plot-point left dangling, and there were two (2) foul, heinous, scum-dripping w-bombs. So there went that half-star. But there's no reason to go full-tilt ramming-speed mental when a medium-steam rom-com featuring two genuinely love-worthy, genuinely love-giving, thoroughly sweet men gets told in sentences like this:
Charlie hasn’t met many people like this—people who don’t make assumptions about you when they discover your brain doesn’t work like theirs; people who don’t judge you; people who simply stay with you and ask what they can do to help. People who trustingly hand you all of themselves in PDF form.
–and–
{He} curls into the fetal position inside the shower. This is what regret tastes like: regurgitated tequila and dirty cotton balls.
–and–
“It doesn’t have to be,” she says, “and you’re not obligated to figure it out, or come out, or explain yourself to anyone, ever. But also”—she drops her hands from their spectrum and tucks an arm around his shoulder—“labels can be nice sometimes. They can give us a language to understand ourselves and our hearts better. And they can help us find a community and develop a sense of belonging. I mean, if you didn’t have the correct label for your OCD, you wouldn’t be able to get the treatment you need, right?” {hear the Gospel of Saint Parisa, everybody!}
–and–
He pauses, and {his lover} explodes. “That’s such bullshit! There are so many people who have done actual terrible things who are actively working in tech! Mark Zuckerberg exists! And firing someone for having OCD—that’s got to be illegal."
–and–
"I don’t think happily ever after is something that happens to you...I think it’s something you choose to do for yourself.”
There's just no reason not to get this book, sink into it, and let the beauty of its fantasy world soothe crappy, warlike reality's wrinkles and creases right out of your face to be replaced by smiles. ( )
  richardderus | Mar 26, 2022 |
Recommended by Lauren B. (Also Mae K and Alicia G)

Dev is a handler for the long-running reality TV show Ever After (think The Bachelor). Dev usually works with the princesses, but this season's prince, Charles Winshaw, is complicated, and Dev is assigned to help Charles (who has come on the show as a ploy to show the world he is perfectly normal, so he can go back to his job in tech). As romantic Dev and anxious Charles get to know each other better, it slowly becomes clear that Charles' perfect match isn't any of the princesses - it's Dev. But they've both signed contracts to work on the show, and their relationship risks it all.

A delightful inclusive romance that affectionately skewers heteronormative "reality" dating shows.

See also: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Quotes

Charlie touches Dev like he doesn't know where to start, like he's overwhelmed by his options; Dev touches Charlie like he knows this is his only chance...like Charlie is going to disappear at any second. (147)

"I don't think happily ever after is something that happens to you, Dev. I think it's something you choose to do for yourself." (Jules, 337)

Because there is nothing more terrifying than standing up in front of the world and declaring that you deserve love. (347) ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 11, 2022 |
Charlie is picked to be the next Prince in a reality TV show like The Bachelor. He's only agreed to this hoping to get a job back in the tech industry; he lost it due to his panic attacks and anxiety. Dev is his handler on the show. He does his best with shy Charlie, and the two gradually grow close.
It's a lovely romance about two men who suffer from various types of mental illness and how they deal with it amid the chaos of a reality TV show. Dev wants true love and Charlie has never been in love which makes for a nice dynamic. The supporting characters are interesting, both the members of the production team and the women assembled for the show. I thought the handling of the OCD, anxiety, and depression was handled well. There's a lot of funny moments also. It's a book I'd recommend if you're looking for a sweet romance. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jan 2, 2022 |
3.5 stars rounded down to 3 because it was really, really, really sappy. I prefer my rom-com with a lot more snark. It's an extremely sweet story of a rich dude with OCD and panic disorder being the Bachelor of a dating reality series and ended up falling in love with his depressed handler instead. Lots of mental health talk that was great. Overall enjoyable but not really memorable. ( )
  altricial | Dec 17, 2021 |
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A MOST ANTICIPATED ROM-COM SELECTED BY * BUZZFEED * LGBTQ READS * BUSTLE * THE NERD DAILY * ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT * FROLIC MEDIA * AND MORE! "The Charm Offensive will sweep you off your feet." --PopSugar In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy--reminiscent of Red, White & Royal Blue and One to Watch--an awkward tech wunderkind on a reality dating show goes off-script when sparks fly with his producer. Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it's no wonder then that he's spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise's history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star. Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn't believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he's a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he's cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off. As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they'll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.

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