Skid by Rene Gutteridge, Occupational Hazards, book 3 (WaterBrook, 2008), 336 pages
Hank, the member of the Hazard family who’s highlighted in Skid, is working for the airline, undercover, to help the airline improve its service. He plays the role of demanding passenger and takes note of the responses he receives. It’s the last flight for the pilot; she’s been known to be a little … strange. And then a passenger brings a pig on board, and must accommodated, as well as the other passengers. That’s not even the half of it. A comedy of errors full of the quirkiest characters.
This is the fifth book by Gutteridge that I’ve read:
• Scoop (Occupational Hazards, book 1)
• Snitch (Occupational Hazards, book 2)
• Never the Bride, which is co-authored by Cheryl McKay
Skid was not a disappointment. A very funny book without being nonsense. I was surprised how different this book was from the other books in the Occupational Hazards series — well, the other Gutteridge books I’ve read across the board, actually — but only in a way that just shows how great a writer she is. Rather than really focusing on Hank’s life and story, the story was really about the plane and all its quirky characters. This necessarily condensed the time covered in the book to a very small window, rather than a few weeks or months.
I want to read every novel Gutteridge has written. (I sincerely wish she had a blog, too.)
About the author
Gutteridge is a comedy writer and novelist. She is the author of 15 novels including the Boo series, My Life as a Doormat, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the motion picture The Ultimate Gift. She lives in Oklahoma with her family.
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