Title: Futures and Frosting
Author: Tara Sivec
Publication Date: September 2012
Summary (from Goodreads)
Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they?
From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone's extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them. Unfortunately, these ties have nothing to do with fuzzy handcuffs and everything to do with the mounting differences between them.
Will their friends make a mess of things with their inappropriate comments and need to know everything, or will they convince the couple that happily-ever-after sometimes really can start with beer pong?
The first novel in this series I found humorous. There were parts I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. I loved Drew and Gavin because he reminded me a friend’s little boy. Reading the other reviews of Futures and Frosting I expected much of the same comedic style. And I wasn’t wrong. However, this time I found the humour in the book more annoying than enjoyable.
I liked Claire the first time around. I could identify with her as a mother who didn’t want children and then suddenly bam! we have kids. How the author described her and her interactions with Gavin I thought she was a great mother. This time though, her mothering skills went down the toilet. She always seemed to be getting sloshed and eating pot cookies—which I know, wasn’t her fault really. I just think her character was way too immature this time around to be taken seriously as a 25 year old mother. But then I guess the whole point of the book isn’t all that serious, is it?
I have no real feelings towards Carter. Sure he seems like the greatest guy in the world and he’s someone every girl wants to trap and bring home to their parents. He had a few good one liners—but then all of them did—and that’s as far as it went for me.
Now Gavin. Dear God Gavin. This kid went from, “OMG this kid is outrageously hilarious” to “OMG this kid needs a good old fashioned spanking”. Sivec pushed it too far with this little guy, in my opinion, with what parents would let their children away with. Even the child I know that I compared him too doesn’t go as far as Gavin does. Why? Because his parents DISCIPLINE him! Why wasn’t anyone disciplining this child? Every once in a while Claire or Carter would tell him not to say something, but if you’re laughing while you’re “scolding” it doesn’t say much, does it?
The only thing that I actually enjoyed about this one was the way Carter proposed to Claire. And Drew. Because I could never get enough Drew. But am I the only one who thought of Friends where Mike was trying to propose to Phoebe and it just kept screwing up? Because that’s all I could think about. But in the end, I really did love how Carter decided to do it.
But this book still fell flat and just didn’t do it for me. Honestly, the best part of the whole book would probably be the cover. I do love the cover. It's a toss-up between 1.5 and 2 quills for me.