I liked Fear and Laundry a lot because of the time frame and 90s references (who doesn’t love Natural Born Killers?) But I found the plot ran a little flat and was lacking a bit. However, Ms. Myles has certainly outdone herself with Fear and Laundry 2. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s anything but bland.
The story was set in the same time frame, so I still got my 90s fix. This time around instead of the will they, won’t they scenario with Veronica and Jake, we see them deal with the trials of a relationship and dealing with one of them being far away. I have to say it. I just love Veronica and Jake together. They mirrored my own relationship with my fiance so perfectly that I just couldn’t help but relate to them. I am that insecure girl and my fiance is the protective, always looking out for me guy. My fiance is also a musician, but unlike Jake who plays guitar, my partner sings and is currently taking guitar lessons.
Jake goes off on tour with his band, Good Television, not only leaving Veronica behind, but replacing their injured drummer with his ex girlfriend. On top of this, Veronica’s former fling, Layne, is back in town and is determined to get Veronica once again.
I related to Veronica so much because in this book we actually got to get inside her head and find out WHY she is the way she is. She’s been through things that make it hard for her to trust and that’s something that a lot of people have been through. She wants so badly to overcome her fear, but other forces keep coming in that keep knocking her back down. You can’t help but root for her and at other times want to grab her and shake her. That’s very true to life. Very human, because we have to fight to overcome.
Other great additions were Keith and Layne, who had similar issues, but showed what happens when they are handled differently. The overall message of this book is wonderful and will give hope to anyone who feels like they are “damaged goods.”
The only complaint I have is very nit-picky. Since the ex girlfriend was so horrible to Veronica and was heavily mentioned in the plot summary, I wish I could have seen Veronica get some pay back on her. I also wish I knew what ultimately became of Layne, even though I didn’t like him at all.
Despite that, this sequel is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the 90s, rock music, horror movies, or just a nice little teen romance read.
I gave this book 5 out 5 stars on Goodreads.