One For The Money – The Book and the Movie Review
A long time ago… (long before this blog or before I even knew what a blog was) I had read Janet Evanovich’s book One For The Money. It was light, it was funny. It was about this big haired girl named Stephanie Plum from New Jersey who was down on her luck after losing her job. The bills were piling up and she found herself looking for a job from her cousin Vinnie who owned the local Bond Agency.
Then it gets hilarious. Stephanie has no idea what she has got herself into but tries to bring in the biggest bail, Morrelli, who she had a brief encounter with many years ago and thinks this could be some pay back. Morelli is not only a good-looking guy, he is also a cop – on bail for a crime he did not commit but all evidence to say so seems to has disappeared.
When Stephanie requires a little assistance in her new job, she is introduced to Ranger (yay!!!! Three cheers from my section *doing the wave* !!!!) Ranger is dark and mysterious and has a way of showing up just when Stephanie needs him. He also teaches her how to shoot a gun, and how to break into a suspects home… but you know… that’s just part of the fun.
The book… is fun. Really it is. SO much fun in fact I went on to read Two For The Dough, Three To Get Deadly, Four To Score, High Five, Hot Six, Seven Up, Hard Eight, To The Nines, Ten Big Ones, Eleven On Top and Twelve Sharp. (In Twelve Sharp the book irritated me/ got a little gross and I stopped reading the series there). Currently I think the books are on eighteen.
The series is just funny bail bond situations that Stephanie gets involved in and Morrelli and Ranger dig her out of messes. She usually winds up accidentally uncovering something that leads to big arrests….
On Saturday I went to the movie with four other Bookies (my book club). Although we never read this book as a book club, we had read a couple of the later ones in the series. A few in my book club are HUGE fans of the series and have read every book.
I felt the movie was well done. Although there has been grumblings of the casting of Katherine Heigl as Stephanie (too tall, and too sophisticated), I thought she did a great job. Morrelli and Ranger were wonderful and over all I personally thought this movie version was even better than the book. Yup. I did just say that.
If you are looking for a fun laugh out loud movie, I would recommend giving this one a try.