Tall Poppies Review: Brandi Megan Granett’s ‘Triple Love Score’

Triple Love Score Brandi Megan GranettLife is really a bunch of scrambled words—love, loss, joy, zest, quest (note to self: I possess the high-scoring j, z, and q tiles) and figuring out how they fit into our journey. In her page-turning love story Triple Love Score, Brandi Megan Granett introduces us to the smart and sexy Miranda, a complicated protagonist who is equally Old School and modern woman. In her late 20s, she teaches poetry by day, and by night she is secretly the social media sensation known as the “Blocked Poet”—whose visual poems about life, love, and special occasions are comprised of Scrabble tiles. And yes, Hallmark is jealous. In her heart, Miranda holds a burning candle for Scott, ‘The Boy Next Door,’ her childhood soulmate; while in her bed, she engages in a meaningless physical relationship with the hot-to-trot Ronan in what she terms “a thing”. The “thing” happens to be with her “old enough” grad student hailing from Ireland, who seems to have fallen in love with her rather quickly. In a fairy tale twist, Ronan, unlike Miranda, is looking to be saved.

Miranda, at first glance, is emotionally distant, blocked from the loss of her mother when she was only twelve. And yet, it is clear that she feels deeply for those she loves, particularly Scott, her forever crush, who disappeared after a fleeting kiss, and has returned six years later with secrets of his own. Miranda believes that their relationship is one-sided, but as the novel progresses, the reader learns that there are three sides to her story: hers/his/the truth. Brandi is extremely skilled at exploring the complexities of friendship, motherhood, and commitment. Not to mention that her sex scenes are deliciously written and the Scrabble poems, while not Emily Dickinson, are modern-day brilliant.

Triple Love Score is a fabulous romantic read—great for the holidays—a novel that is genuine and hopeful with a twist of whimsy. Without giving away the plot—let’s just say that LOVE, (a seven-point word) wins.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brandi Megan Granett is an author, online English professor, and writing coach. She earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her next novel, as yet untitled, will be published by Blue Crow in March 2018. Triple Love Score was published by Wyatt-Mackenzie in Fall 2016. Morrow published her first novel, My Intended, in 2000. Her short fiction appeared in Pebble Lake Review, Folio, Pleiades, and other literary magazines and is collected in the volume, Cars and Other Things That Get Around. She writes an author interview series for the Huffington Post and Tall Poppy Writers. When she is not writing or teaching or mothering, you will find her on the archery range.

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Lisa Barr is the author of the award-winning novel, “Fugitive Colors,” a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception and revenge on the “eve” of WWII. The novel won the IPPY gold medal for “Best Literary Fiction 2014”, first prize at The Hollywood Film Festival (Opus Magnum Discovery Award), and named on HEEB magazine’s “Top 10” best books list. In addition, Lisa has served as an editor for The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Today’s Chicago Woman, managing editor of Moment magazine, and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also the editor and creator of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare. Among the highlights of her career, Lisa covered the famous “handshake” between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, and President Bill Clinton at the White House. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Fox & Friends, and Australia TV for her work as an author, journalist and blogger.