I love this book with a fondness that I have not felt since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or the last airing of It's a Wonderful Life. It's warm and funny and true, and I did not want it to end.
Lovesick is a fresh, funny look at the rocky road to real love and a happy marriage. Andy Altman is an ordinary-guy hero with extraordinary heart and the story Alex Wellen creates around him is as touching as it is entertaining. As for Andy's best pal, 83-year-old Sid — don't get me started!! He's the kind of character that jumps off the page and sticks with you for a long, long time. Read Lovesick. You’ll feel better about everything!!
Packed into this inventive, hilarious tale of small-town domestic realism is a parable for our times.
In his first novel, writer and television producer Wellen presents an uncommon love story; having already won the heart of his dream girl, college dropout Andy Altman now faces the hard part, winning the blessing of her crotchety father, Gregory Day, who also happens to be Andy's boss. After moving back to his hometown, Andy takes a job at the pharmacy and finds a great mentor in Gregory, the old pharmacist, until Gregory finds out that Andy's dating his daughter, Paige. Wellen balances a wacky plot about an illicit senior citizen drug ring with heartfelt coming-of-age storytelling and complicated family drama. Andy is endearingly dorky (charts and drawings of his amateur inventions are scattered throughout), and his close-to-cloying romance with Paige is saved by realistic roadblocks. A mid-book twist takes the story down an unexpectedly melancholy path, but Wellen pulls off a satisfying romantic conclusion. Part mystery, part romance and part screwball comedy, this novel keeps its varied elements from spinning out of control with a fresh, confident voice.
Alex Wellen has created memorable characters with emotional honesty, depth, and a great sense of humor. Andy and Paige will leave readers feeling simultaneously conflicted by their choices and warmed by the authenticity of a relationship that began when they were children. Lovesick is a must-read for anyone who believes that love conquers all, even when everything seems to stand in the way.
Pulling back the curtain on what men really think about getting married.
Alex Wellen's engagement story is such a doozy, he lifted it frame by frame for his romantic, laugh-out-loud-funny first novel, "Lovesick."
A screwball comedy about small-town love.
Alex Wellen sets a young love story in a small-town pharmacy, peoples it with feisty senior citizens, adds an illegal drug ring and makes the whole kooky premise work in "Lovesick." ... [A] delightful romantic comedy with unexpected humor and a wacky cast of supporting characters."