BOOK REVIEWS

Here are some of the amazing reviews I've received on Amazon and Goodreads. I can't tell you how much I appreciate each and every one.

The Empty Beach

This is by far the best book I have read in a long time! Great story line, comical, with many references to landmarks in the York Beach, Maine area. Evoked many memories of my times spent at York Beach. Looking forward to many more books by this author. Many thanks for such a great read Jody Clark. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Empty Beach

Best Summer Beach Book! Brought back tons of memories of my summers in York Maine. I found myself nodding my head yes every time I read it ! Thank you for letting me relive my early and late teen years. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Empty Beach

What a fun read! Jody Clark had me laughing out loud throughout the book.

~ GOODREADS REVIEW

The Empty Beach

This was a great book. All the familiar places from the many visits I had to York Beach over the years. It drew me right in to the story as if I was there living it. The story was great but I loved the humor ....I highly recommend reading this book. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Empty Beach

For me, the hallmark of a good book is one that can make me feel and want to know more. If I’m left wondering about the characters, the scenes, the conclusions and the unfinished emotions then I know I’ve stumbled upon a meaningful piece of literature. ‘The Empty Beach’ by Jody Clark did all of these things for me, all the while presenting itself as a light, fun and breezy read. The impact left and the questions that lingered have me eager to know more, and while this is the first book in a trilogy from Clark, affectionately called ‘The Soundtrack to my Life’, there are no guarantees we’ll learn more. There’s something bittersweet about that for me. I want to know what became of the elusive, guarded Elise, and I long to know how our protagonist, Josh, resolves his feelings after her abrupt and complete exit from his life. Does he ever move on? Will we meet these characters again in Book 2? Raw emotion draws me in, and the emotion felt so real when Josh and Elise parted ways. This book was an enjoyable glimpse into the life of a man who grew up at York Beach, Maine, paving his journey into adulthood with life experiences we can all relate to from our own coming of age. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any reader, and I anxiously await the next two books in this trilogy! ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Empty Beach

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Yes it’s set in York ME. Lots of references to places that I’ve been too. Crazy antics and quirky writing! Fun read ~ GOODREADS REVIEW

The Empty Beach

When I read this book, floods of memories came back of the York I would visit every summer (not so much now, living on the West Coast and all).  The descriptions of these locations were spot on so even if you have never visited York, you could still image it!

This story is about Josh and his summer in his beach town.  Warning: this book does hold a lot of strong language, however, this book is also absolutely hysterical.  Josh ends up managing a local restaurant and falls for one of the wait staff, Elise, but to be fair, he met her BEFORE she started working there.

Josh is a character all in himself.  If he likes a girl, he goes on the overkill...flowers, mixtapes, and overly babbles.  His friends try to give him guidance, but when one is hooking up with someone new every night and the others in relationships, it leaves little room for trusting romantic advice.  The silver lining is that his friends are ridiculously hysterical.  It made me wish I grew up in York and spent entire summers here. 

We go through this whole book wondering if Josh and Elise will ever be a real thing...the suspense there will kill you.  He walks her to her car every night and they even go out on a few wewon'tcallthemdates dates.  My heart was pulled out of my chest at the ending and my fist was shaking.  Whether it was shaking at Josh or Elise, well, you'll have to pick this book up yourself and read it to find out!

The story doesn't stop here though...The Empty Beach is book one in a trilogy.  Don't worry...Jody Clark isn't a jerk and doesn't leave us hanging by a thread for the next installment.  In fact, you could essentially read each book as a standalone and be ok, you would just miss some minor back stories, almost like inside jokes, that don't affect the story at all.  If you want the ENTIRE story, start here.  Is there love for Josh in the cards?  We have 3 books to figure it all out!

Solid 4 star read.  Yeah, I might be partial because of my connection to York, however, it still could have sucked and it didn't.  This is the perfect time of year to read about the mis-adventures of Josh and his friends...it will have you yearning to be on the beach!  I don't read much from indie authors, but trust me when I say this is worth the read!  I'm practically standing on my room shouting to everyone to read this series! ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Between Hello and Goodbye

I have no idea how to begin this. Have you ever read a book that just touched you and has stayed with you? I have. Welcome to my review of Between Hello & Goodbye. The book that has opened my eyes, had me laughing, ugly crying like a baby in public on an airplane, and comforted me all between 312 pages.

This book hit me in the feels. Just when you think you’re sitting down to read more about Josh and his summer shenanigans the book takes a serious turn and turns into something I needed at that point in time. This is a book we ALL can relate to.

Yes, this book still has the strong language as the first, but don’t let that deter you from this heartfelt novel. Truly this book can be read as a standalone. Don’t ask to read my copy of it because I’m not letting this book leave my side.

We are at a crossroads in Josh’s life. He is turning 30 and is becoming jaded to everything in life. He has come to partner with Doug at his bar, but he still feels empty inside. A summer fling unexpectedly comes along and changes his summer. Will he find the one? You’ll have to read this one to find out…

I want to leave a small passage from this book that slapped me in the face when I read it.

‘Hellos always come so easy…and goodbyes too f***ing fast.’ Scott got up and walked over to the fridge. He grabbed a couple bottles of water and tossed me one. ‘Maybe we should just be happy that hellos come at all.’

Deep. From this point on in the book it takes a serious turn and really drives home to live your life. You have dreams and aspirations, go after them. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow or even today; go out and do what you want to do. Make your life the one you want to live.

I moved from New England to the West Coast and it’s still hard for me even though I’ve been out West 17 years now. I love the life I have and the family that surrounds me here, but I miss the family I feel I left behind. Some things are going on and I had a semi-small break down when I was there and then this book happened. Perfect timing. The inner dialogue I had with myself after I finished this book was therapeutic and well needed. This book gave me that clarity.

Understand that Josh, our main man, went through life always wanting to write a screenplay and thanks to some inspiration, decided to take the horrid screenplays he wrote as a teen and turn them into books. He did it. I would like to note that I absolutely could see Between Hello & Goodbye as one of the ultimate summer/fun comedy/chick flick movie. Truly. If you have any Hollywood connections please get them a copy of this book. Seriously.

This is a 5 star read. Once you dive in to this book there is no turning back. It is very rare to find books like Between Hello & Goodbye, but here it is right in front of you. Do yourself a favor and order this one. If you regret reading it and think it’s the biggest piece of crap you’ve ever read, 1) you’re lying and 2) I’ll pay you back the $15. Because as this book tells us…”Sometimes, it’s not until you realize that nothing ever lasts for long, that you truly appreciate the fact that it ever existed at all.”

Between Hello and Goodbye

Jody does it again! He hit a home run. Loved this book. The characters are so relatable and well thought out. It’s a great read and an awesome story. Well done!

~ AMAZON REVIEW

Between Hello and Goodbye

This was as good if not better than Book 1. Following Josh and his friends into their mid-20s, finding their way in the adult world - or not - and still searching for "it" keeps you wanting to know more. Can't wait until I get Book 3. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Between Hello and Goodbye

Any one of these books by Jody Clark will be a great read. He has the ability through his writing to transport you back to your younger days. You’ll find that his characters in his books will remind you of people you know. Each book will let you experience every human emotion. You’ll laugh, cry and feel anger at things that happen to some of the people in each book. Between Hello and Goodbye is Jody’s latest book and it doesn’t disappoint. Supporting local talent is something I love to do so getting these books was a no brainer for me.. I encourage everyone who loves to read a great book to get these books. You will not be disappointed. Through reading Jody’s books I have discovered a lot of great music as well. Chapters in Jody’s books are titled after songs. Thank you Jody Clark for sharing your amazing gift. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Between Hello and Goodbye

A good book is like an old friend. You want to spend time with it, you laugh and cry with it, you get lost in the hours that fly by when you’re enjoying it, and if you’re like me, you wonder how its characters are faring once you’re no longer getting a glimpse into their lives. And sometimes, you get lucky enough to see those characters again if the book is part of a series, as is the case with Jody Clark’s ‘Soundtrack to My Life’ trilogy.

Book Two of this trilogy, ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’, was highly anticipated by many as the follow up to last summer’s release of Book One, ‘The Empty Beach’. In this second book, we continue to follow protagonist Josh Wentworth on his pursuit for love, direction for his career and his goals and as he navigates the inevitable ups and downs that come along with his approaching thirtieth birthday, all against the backdrop of York Beach, a town we grew to love and longed to visit in Book One. Clark picks up a few years after the first book left off and weaves a beautiful continuation to Josh’s story. This book made me think. And it made me feel a full range of emotions, all while maintaining the witty writing style I’ve come to love with all of Clark’s novels. A book that can make me laugh out loud and also cry genuine tears is a keeper for me. And when a book is a keeper, I read it again, which is exactly what I did with this novel. And on the second time around, it was even more enjoyable. I became all the more enamored with the characters and I’m already eagerly awaiting Book Three. If you haven’t discovered the joy of Clark’s novels, you’ve stumbled upon a goldmine. You now have four books to delight your way through. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll still be thinking about their resonating messages and endearing characters long after the last page is turned. Many thanks for telling us your stories, Jody!  ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Ring on the Sill

My Maine trilogy reads come to an end. Now I’m sad…I have no more Josh to live vicariously through and my time in York Beach has come to an end with The Ring On The Sill. Ugh. Do you ever just wish that books would go on forever? This is how I feel with this trilogy…

Jody Clark decides to span this book across two summers. Doug is still the womanizer he is. Pete starts to grow tired of his job and his marriage is starting to become strained. Josh…is Josh, still the hopeless romantic looking for the one.

Hang on a second. Doug ends up, not single?? Pete and his marriage…no, no, no. Josh finds someone?!?! WHAT?!?!?! The Ring On The Sill gives us some closure on the crazy summers which really truly happens when we grow up, get married, have families, and have bustling careers. This book culminates their lives as they reach different points.

Here is where I am going to say DAMN YOU JODY!!!! The story leaves us hanging with an open ending. %##@@&@*@%@ By now you all know I love my stories wrapped up with little bows (but I am starting to mature in my reading and accept open ended endings more) and The Ring On The Sill just smacks us with an open ending. The only reason I actually end up LIKING the end is because Clark acknowledges the open ending and tells us, the reader, to have it end how we would like to…and I darn well did!

I struggled with a rating for this book. I felt like a 5 would not be fair to Between Hello And Goodbye, but a 4 isn’t quite right either. Ultimately, I’m going with a 4 with the premise that if you have read the other two books, this is a must read. This is not a book I would recommend as a standalone because you wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate it and understand a lot, this really takes a lot from the first two books and ties everything together. Plus, you would not appreciate the ending and where everyone ends up!

This trilogy really hit me hard emotionally. It was unexpected and now a part of me is sad that it’s over, but happy because these books came into my life. Because of these books I gained a new appreciation for the Maine authors and picked up some new books at the good ol’ Whispering Sands in York Beach, Maine (along with my new favorite pair of sweatpants EVER). Well, my mom did for a Christmas present for me, haha. Do yourself a favor and when you’re in your favorite vacation spot, pick up a book from a local author. I am so, so, so glad I did with Jody Clark (thankfully I still have 2 more books to read by him…Jody, you better be writing another book as I write this). I’m going to leave you with the best possible words he could have ended this trilogy with and if this does not make you want to read this trilogy alone, then you’re not a human with feelings…

"As a matter of fact, life will probably NEVER turn out the way you plan it, but I promise you this, it’ll ALWAYS turn out the way it’s supposed t0."

~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Ring on the Sill

The long awaited final installment of the Sound Track to My Life Trilogy. A beautiful ending that leaves you reliving your moments with the characters long after you've closed the cover. Personal relationships and music, with a twist of humor - what could be better? ~ GOODREADS REVIEW

The Ring on the Sill

When I first discovered Jody Clark’s books in January 2018, I was in a bit of a ‘sweet spot’. He had just released his third published work, so I was able to order and read all three just in time for his fourth book to come out in the summer of 2018. Some might think this was too much of one author, but to them, I’d say they’re wrong. Clark’s books are something special. They draw me in and make me think and laugh and feel things. And as an avid reader, I can assure you that I seldom encounter a writer who can do that over a span of books and time. To hold and sustain my attention is fairly rare.
So after reading all four books that were available to me (Livin’ On A Prayer, The Wild Irish Rose, and Books 1 and 2 of Clark’s ‘Soundtrack to my Life’ trilogy, The Empty Beach and Between Hello and Goodbye) I reluctantly hit a lull. I now had a solid year to wait for the final installment of the trilogy. And I felt like I was missing a best friend. The characters in these novels became important to me. Their happiness and their struggles mattered to me. I wondered how they were and how they’d fare when we met again. And I felt like a year was entirely too long to wait.
Some might think I’d have lost interest. That somehow my curiosity would wane and that this third book would be insignificant by the time it arrived. And with most authors, this would surely be the case. But not with Clark. He has a strong presence on his Facebook and Instagram pages and is constantly interacting with his readers in fun, inspired ways. He shares beautiful landscape, ocean, sunset and lighthouse photos from many talented artists and has a knack for pairing them perfectly with a song lyric or a meaningful passage from his writing. He’s very funny, too. Some of the memes he shares are the best in my news feed and that humor is on full display in his novels. I laughed the entire way through each of these books and it made the sadder, more serious parts bearable. And so, when The Ring on the Sill became available, I was ready to get it in my hands as soon as I possibly could.
This book worked its way into my heart immediately. I devoured it in a mere 24 hours, all the while vacillating between chastising myself for reading too quickly and racing myself to the finish. And it did not disappoint in the slightest. Like it’s two predecessors, this book had plenty of heart and humor, but it also had something else: It had a strength and mastery that I have yet to see in Clark’s other books. While each one was engaging and well-written, The Ring on the Sill gripped me in a brand-new way. Perhaps it was the desire to see what happened to each of the endearing characters that I felt as if I had come to know, or maybe it was an anticipation because I knew in my heart that this was quite possibly the last I’d see of them, but I was in deep. When I’m fully invested in a novel, I cannot put it down. It is my constant companion until the final page is turned. And this latest novel is the epitome of that phenomenon for me. A wonderful read from start to finish, with plenty of surprises, triumphs and heartbreaks along the way. I breathed a sigh of contentment as I read Clark’s final words in this series that is clearly written from his heart and as an homage to his younger years. And to be privy to the sharing of one’s heart through written word is a blessing. A gift that I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to appreciate.
What’s up next for Clark is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for absolute sure: I’ll be here waiting for whatever it is. Buy these books, let them into your mind and your life and be left all-the-better for them. I sure know I have. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Wild Irish Rose

In this book, Jody Clark and Jessie Taylor tell the story of Emily who dresses in black, has tattoos and piercings, and feels like she doesn't belong anywhere, least of all her family. As she journeys to small-town Maine to visit her ill sister, she finds a world unlike any she's ever seen.
This book is wonderfully written. Perhaps my favorite quote is, "She was a lost soul searching through the rubble of the junkyard life she had created, looking for something salvageable." Emily is a character with so many relatable qualities, experiencing emotions that I truly believe we've all experienced. Snappy dialogue leaps from the page, and I quickly became invested in each character. With humor and a great amount of heart, this book is an incredibly enjoyable read, and I'm happy to recommend it to anyone who will listen! Thanks for sharing your gift and a glimpse of Maine with the world, Jody! ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Wild Irish Rose

Jody Clark has written another amazing story along with his co-writer Jessie Taylor! The Wild Irish Rose is a touching story about caring for one another, accepting differences and not judging a book by its cover. It is also about resilience, overcoming obstacles and being able to move on.
As a Mainer, from a very small town, I can truly say that Jody captures the feel of the rural communities found here in Maine and he also captures the people found in those small towns. Several characters remind me of people I know and love. Awesome job Jody Clark! I highly recommend this book!
I have read the book a second time and loved it even more! <3 If you have not read this book, you need too! I give it 5 stars, 5 thumbs up, or whatever designates a great book to you!!  ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Wild Irish Rose

Awesome book. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. Jody hit the nail on the head with this one. I especially loved Danny. ~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Wild Irish Rose

I read this book when a friend posted about it on Facebook. Out of curiosity I bought and read it. I am so happy I did,I caught myself chuckling out loud and at other points crying. I was totally drawn into these characters and clearly felt the emotion of the story! I definitely won't hesitate to buy and read more books by Jody Clark.

~ AMAZON REVIEW

The Wild Irish Rose

The title caught my eye so I picked it up and read the back cover and was hooked. I start reading it the next morning put it down then picked it back up that evening. I couldn’t put it down again. I finished reading it between 1 and 2am and immediately sent Jody Clark a comment through Facebook.. This is the best book I have ever read. I felt all levels of emotion. I laughed, I cried, I felt anger and empathy. Anger for Emily and how misunderstood she was, empathy for Emily, her sister Lily and her mom. I cried when Emily was rejected by her mother. I felt the non judgmental way the Corbin’s took to Emily and rejoiced in Emily and Ryan’s feelings for one another. Most of all it reminded me of home. Growing up in Barrington NH and the non judgmental way I grew up.. To me the mark of a great writer is how their book can grip you and hold your attention. Jody Clark and Jessie Taylor did that for me. Jody Clark has two other books. My advice, read them.. He is a talented and gifted writer.. So glad he turned his screenplays into books and shared them with the world...  ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Livin' on a Prayer - The Untold Tommy & Gina story

You don't have to be a child of the 80s to enjoy this story but if you are, you must read this! It's a funny yet touching and redemptive tale of finding yourself and reconnections...loved it! ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Livin' on a Prayer - The Untold Tommy & Gina story

This is a wonderfully entertaining read! A must read for any child or lover of the of the 80's. This book is a real gem that I will re-read over and over again!!  ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Livin' on a Prayer - The Untold Tommy & Gina story

It was nice to be able to shut the world off at the end of my day and go back to the 80's. This book finds away to be thought provoking along with moments of not needing to give much thought. Just read and enjoy, laugh, cry, hysterically laugh till you cry. It is very relatable when it comes to the dynamics of school life and family life. I could not put it down! ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Livin' on a Prayer - The Untold Tommy & Gina story

If you're looking for a fresh book to bring you right back to the 80s and fond memories of high school, then this is the book for you! Humor a little crass? --Yup! Story a little twisted? --For sure! But so much fun! Turn off your mind and enjoy the ride.  ~ AMAZON REVIEW

Livin' on a Prayer - The Untold Tommy & Gina story

It was by far the best book I have read in a long time! I laughed, cried, laughed some more and truly enjoyed the twists and turns on every page. Saturate with 80's nostalgia from Bonne Bell Lip Smackers to Aquanet Hairspray and Drakkar Cologne (gag!) The soundtrack for this book is stellar, everything 80's from Hair Bands (Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Poison, Motley Crue and Van Halen...) to Alternative (The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, Depeche Mode...) and everything in between. Setting is York, ME with so many mentions of popular and historical spots. A brilliantly written book that has a little something for anyone who reads it!  ~ AMAZON REVIEW

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