The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…
In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…
Wallbanger is another book that started out life as a Twilight fanfiction. I remember reading it and thinking this would make an amazing novel, and I was right.
I loved the original story of Edward Wallbanger as it was funny, lighthearted, and feelgood. Wallbanger is much in the same vein, just it’s cleaner and crisper. Clayton hasn’t made many changes, but in all honesty, the story didn’t need any.
Caroline and Simon (Pink Nightie Girl and the eponymous Wallbanger) are hilarious main characters. The banter between them is quick witted and sharp. Not once does the dialogue or texts between them, and the other characters, feel forced and contrived. There’s a natural flow to them and the story which is well paced and believable.
Both Caroline and Simon hide behind their snark, she’s missing her O and he’s hiding from commitment, but they both do it with some grace and a lot of flirting.
Someone once asked me what my favourite part of the book was and I stalled. It’s so hard as it’s one of those books that you love all of. Clive, Caroline’s cat, trying to woo Purina, Clive’s hangnail, the Exorcist, and many many more. One piece of advice though… don’t read on the bus. I got many a strange look for giggling out loud.
All I need now is the film adaptation! I would definitely go and see THAT one!