Happy Birthday, Klutzface by Foxglove Lee
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (19 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe
It’s a comedy of errors when Laura prepares a romantic dinner for Mila’s birthday. Laura isn’t the world’s best cook to begin with, but when everything goes wrong in the immaculate home Mila’s supposed to be house sitting, the trouble’s only just begun. Laura and Mila wanted an evening of domestic bliss. Will their glimpse at adult life drive them into each other’s arms or drive them apart completely?
All Mila and Laura want is to share a romantic birthday dinner. Surely there are only so many accidents that can befall them while they’re cooking!
This is the funniest thing I’ve read in 2013. Mila is so worried about accidentally damaging her aunt’s property that every time something unfortunate happens she panics and overreacts. Of course panicking doesn’t do anything to clean up any of the messes that happen, but her over the top reactions were the best part of this tale. My favourite gag involves everything Mila and Laura attempt to do to turn off a fire alarm that keeps shrieking at the worst possible moments.
There are some issues in these character’s relationship that are brought up but never really resolved. While I certainly wouldn’t expect them to fix all of their problems in a short story, I would have liked to see Mila apologize for some of the comments she blurts out when Laura is injured early on in the plot. Mila’s comments felt out of place in an otherwise lighthearted and playful peek into their lives.
With that being said, Laura and Mila clearly have a warm and loving relationship. Their senses of humor are so well matched that they know when the other one is blowing off steam, and I truly don’t believe either one was offended by her girlfriend’s temporary bad mood.
Happy Birthday, Klutzface is an unforgettably hilarious tale about what happens when one tries to hard to impress a new girlfriend. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever awkwardly stumbled through an experience that should have been much less complicated than it actually turns out to be.