Despite my disdain for the characters and what I saw as their ultimately empty relationship, I have to admit that a great deal of the character-oriented stuff really rang true. I've met people like Holden; I know women like Casey. Both seem incapable of facing the prospect of single life; each grabs onto the first opportunity for a relationship that comes along after the last one dissolves. Holden doesn't care about Casey; he just wants to be with someone. He does nothing to change his usual patterns. And Casey's attachment to Holden never really makes sense. Like him, she wants someone to fill a void. She has a dream in her head of the perfect relationship, and she's more than willing to lie to herself that she's found it. It's the strength of these characterizations that redeem Shenanigans to a certain degree, allowing it to hold the reader's interest. Read Full Review
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