Book Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid


Title: Neanderthal Seeks Human
Author: Penny Reid

Rating: rating-4

I wasn’t sure what to rate this book. I mostly loved this book, but there were a couple specific things I did not like.

Neanderthal Seeks HumanSo let’s start with what I did like:

Janie. Oh Janie. I’ve never actually felt embarrassed for a character before. She is so socially awkward, it was painful at times, but I loved her quirkiness. I loved her random factoids and how she rambled on about them when she was nervous. It was adorable most of the time, but other times I wanted to shake her.

The humor. This book is hilarious and fun. It’s lighthearted and I loved Janie’s inner monologue. She would say the most off-the-wall things and it cracked me up.

“I though about mixing vodka with Quinn; it would make Quodka, which sounded to me like some sort of Bulgarian card game involving gangsters and prostitutes.”

I also adored Janie’s knitting circle. The women range in age but they all are young at heart. They are always supportive of Janie, offering advice and never judgmental. Then there is Elizabeth, her roommate, which I adored. She’s the mother figure that Janie needs, always looking out for her best interests.

I loved that the sex was not explicit, which some people complained about, but I loved the heat level of this book. It was just right and besides, my imagination went wild with possibilities and to me, that’s much better than spelling it all out.

Now here’s what I didn’t like:

Quinn. I know, I’m in the minority and I don’t completely NOT like him, but he pissed me off several times. He came off as controlling at times, in my opinion. Poor Janie is so naive, and I think Quinn took advantage of that. He truly is a neanderthal, and maybe that’s the way Penny wanted him to be.

“Some guys just aren’t boyfriend material.”
“Well, then, what kind of material are they? Suede?”

I didn’t like how Janie was always running away when situations got too intense or difficult. But I liked how she didn’t always bend to Quinn’s every whim. She stood up for herself, which I admired.

So overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next one. Did I love it? Erm, not quite. But I wanted to love it. Maybe if Quinn straightens up, and stops being such a caveman, I might learn to love him. Maybe…

“By the mighty power of Thor- I threw myself at him!” Elizabeth frowned at me.
“Did you really just say ‘by the mighty power of Thor’?”
“I’m trying to cuss less.”


Rating: rating-4.5

The only thing I have left to say is, if you’re looking for a light and fun read, then you NEED to read Neanderthal Seeks Human. I guarantee you’ll laugh, and you’ll smile, and you will swoon over the guy. I mean, there’s no other way. This was just what I needed.

Ok so, Neanderthal Seeks Human is just exactly what I expected it to be. My dear friend Dee had recommended it to me a while back and I just got the time to read, and let me say, I just loved it. So, thank you Dee :). Reading this book is practically like hanging out with Penny Reid herself. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her twice already, and I can assure you, her books represent her perfectly. They’re full of quirkiness, and awkwardness, and they just radiate happiness, so there’s no way you won’t enjoy them.

“We see the strengths and faults in others that we do not or cannot recognize in ourselves.”

This is the first book of the Knitting in the City series, in which we get the chance to meet Janie, an architect graduate, working in an architect firm which she completely hates. Her life is about routines, and standards, and labels, so one day, when she finds out her life-long boyfriend is cheating on her and loses her job, she finds herself meditating her options and her life decisions in no other place than a public bathroom (who would’ve thought you could come to terms with something, calm yourself down, and think best while being inside of a public bathroom?). After that, everything changed. What she thought must’ve been the worst day of her life, turned out to be the best one.

There’s something about Penny Reid’s characters that make you fall in love with them in a matter of seconds. They’re all so true to themselves, so funny to have them around, and so, so adorable, you just end up wanting to actually meet them *if only*. Janie Morris is the epitome of awkward and curious. She sees life through an unique pair of eyes, because I can assure you haven’t met that many people or characters that have a vision of life like she does. She’s a thinker. She needs to analyze every single situation and put a label on it, just to be clear of how everything really is, but that doesn’t mean she’s judgemental, it’s just that she needs to understand how things are. She’s a kind spirit and curious about anything and everything. Her random facts will entertain you the whole time.

“It means my brain finds you more interesting than all the really interesting trivial facts I could be contemplating or researching at present.”

Now Quinn. Can I just described him with: “aaawww Quinn!!!!!!”? No? Okay. Well, if you ever thought there aren’t guys who will listen to a girl, who will give her everything, and who will do anything for her, you’ve never met Quinn Sullivan. The one thing I loved most about him was his eternal interest in Janie. He has this beautiful need and want to listen to her speak and actually engage in a conversation with her, it was just adorable. I could see from the first moment they had together he was a goner when it came to her.

Now, the knitting group. What can I tell you guys about them other than I now wish I knew how to knit, or at least have a group of friends like them. They’re funny, strong-minded, unique, and the best friends a girl could ask for. They speak their minds and will help you, not matter what, and when I say “no matter what”, I mean it. Just read the book and you’ll see :).

Guys, this book is just simply amazing. If you’re in the mood to read something that will get you a smile on your face and will make you laugh a few times, then get this one and start it. Penny Reid has an amazing way to describe everything in her book, from the characters to each situation, and it will keep you interested from page one. Trust me! 🙂


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