Review & Giveaway: Crumbs Aren’t Enough by Raquel Whiting Gilmer

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Join Raquel Whiting Gilmer, author of the chick lit book, Crumbs Aren’t Enough, as she tours the blogosphere September 2 – November 29, 2013 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!



With $80,000 in student debt, an alter ego named Crazy Charlie, and more than her fair share of hang-ups, Charlie Bennett is on a mission: a mission to feel better about herself.

By all accounts this shouldn’t be too difficult. After all, Charlie has graduated from the best universities, has good friends to keep her sane, and an impressive resume to boot. But her poor choices in men (and therapists) have left Charlie feeling fat, fretful, and fed up. She knows something has to change–she’s just not sure what.

When the elevator doors open and Jack Hudson appears with his perfect smile and perfect teeth, Charlie thinks she’s found her answer. A Taye Diggs lookalike who sees through Charlie’s imperfections, Jack could be The One–and not just because he can make strawberry shortcake from scratch. But as their relationship develops without any sign of a commitment, Charlie is left grabbing for crumbs yet again.

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My Thoughts:

When the folks at Pump Up Your Book offered me the opportunity to read and review Crumbs Aren’t Enough they described it as chick-lit, and I guess it technically is, if you consider chick-lit to be any contemporary novel with an unmarried female protagonist and a generally upbeat tone. Certainly Rachel Whiting Gilmer’s book meets all those criteria.

But this is where I have a problem, because to me, the term “chick-lit” implies a degree of fluffiness that this book doesn’t have. I have nothing against fluffy mind-candy novels. Some of them are well written. Most of them are incredibly entertaining. It’s just that this book goes far, far beyond that.

Charlie, the protagonist, is more than just the book’s POV character, although since the story is told in first person, EVERYTHING is from her point of view. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s upwardly mobile…and she’s also both flawed and aware of her flaws. More than that she sets out to correct them.

I could rehash the plot. I could talk about how Charlie is torn between Taye Diggs look-alike Jack and on-again/off-again Michael. I could talk about how she uses therapy as a crutch. I could analyze the different plot twists, some of which were predictable, and some were not.

I could tell you that Gilmer’s writing style is fresh and clean and really, really readable.

But I’m not going to, because what I want to do is say this: Crumbs Aren’t Enough should be required reading for every woman who has ever not loved her job, not chosen the right man, and not been pleased with her own body.

Is there a love story in this book? Well, there’s romance, and there’s dating and all that entails, but yes, there is a love story, too, of the best kind, and – I’m risking spoilers here – it’s because ultimately our heroine, our Charlie – falls in love with herself.

Goes well with…

… Grilled chicken Caesar salad and mango iced tea, followed by a dark chocolate brownie.








Pump Up Your Book and Raquel Whiting Gilmer are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!

Here’s how it works:

Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn’t set up to accept the form, we offer another way for you to participate by having people comment on your blog then directing them to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries.

This promotion will run from September 2 – November 29. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email and announced on November 30, 2013.

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Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour.

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Crumbs Aren’t Enough Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, September 2 – Book featured at Between the Pages

Tuesday, September 3 – Book featured at Jody’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, September 4 – Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, September 9 – Guest blogging at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, September 11 – Book featured at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem

Thursday, September 12 – 1st chapter reveal at Books and Needlepoint

Friday, September 13 – Book featured at Bibliotica

Monday, September 16 – Book reviewed at Bibliotica

Monday, September 16 – Book featured at My Reading Table

Tuesday, September 17 – Book reviewed at My Reading Table

Wednesday, September 18 – Book featured at Confessions of a Reader

Thursday, September 19 – Book featured at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest

Monday, September 23 – Interviewed at Book Reviews by Dee

Wednesday, September 25 – Interviewed at Broowaha

Thursday, September 26 – Guest blogging at Straight from the Author’s Mouth

Monday, September 30 – Book featured at The Road to Here


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