Picks and Pans Review: Addition

updated 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Toni Jordan |

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Grace Lisa Vandenburg, the wisecracking 35-year-old at the center of this spunky debut, is obsessed with counting: the letters in her name (19), the bristles on her toothbrush (1,768), the toothbrushes she ruins by counting bristles (1). But then a charming stranger enters her life, and her ordered existence implodes. Already a hit in the author's native Australia, Addition is witty fun. You may tire of the number crunching, but Jordan's deadpan dialogue makes up for that. Number of times I laughed out loud: 23.

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