2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition Semifinalist
2018 International Book Awards Winner in Fiction: General
2017 IAN Book of the Year Award for Outstanding Women’s Fiction
2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for New Adult Fiction
2017 NYC Big Book Awards Winner for Women’s Fiction
2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner: Contemporary Fiction
2017 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist: Women's Fiction
2017 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites: New Fiction
2017 Best Book Awards Finalist: Best New Fiction
For readers who love Adriana Trigiani, Jennifer Weiner and Liane Moriarty, Forks, Knives, and Spoons is a light-hearted, thought-provoking coming of age story that takes readers on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and 1990s. Romantic, witty and warm.
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York’s father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.
Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys—from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks—all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves—and not to settle in love or life.
DeCesare's charming debut novel (after her Naked Parenting guides) follows two college roommates who test their dating theories. In 1988, Amy York is excited for a new chapter of her life to begin at Syracuse University. There, she bonds with her roommate, Veronica Warren, and the two balance studying, partying, and shared trips back home. As for boys, Amy has come prepared with "the list," a set of criteria for her ideal future husband, along with the Utensil Classification System, adapted from advice from her dad ("There are three types of guys: forks, knives, and spoons"). The UCS comes in handy as Amy, Veronica, and their friends encounter plenty of forks (the guys you want to avoid), knives (the guys you want to keep), and spoons (the guys who will avoid you) along the way. Amy is quick to spread the UCS message around, but both young women come to learn there's more to life than labels. Throughout college and beyond, Amy and Veronica's friendship sees them through various obstacles, and their bond comes through strongly on the page. While the book's lessons of self-acceptance verge on self-help tropes, DeCesare makes the trip consistently pleasant. (Self-published)
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Forks, Knives, Spoons
Just started reading, can't wait to get back to the story and see what happens.
Cleaver and engaging. Feel like I'm in college again!! Susan S