Warner, Jan 2002, 23.95, 309 pp.
In spite of being close to thirty, florist Holly Livingstone feels quite awkward when it comes to relationships especially with roommates. Unable to deal with her current houseshare partners any longer, Holly leaves to move in with an old college crony Josh, who simply feels sorry for her plight. Josh's roommates in their dilapidated home include another former college peer Kate and an invisible computer geek Addison.
Holly has never seen Addison though she hears computer noises form his room. Unable to resist, she meets Addison for the first time by pulling a Charge of the Light Brigade into his room, which is loaded with equipment. Holly falls in love for the first time fantasizing about her techno he-man. However, Addison can only communicate through his computer and since Holly barely can turn a computer on she wonders how to turn the object of her affection on to her. Holly quickly knows she competes with Addison's Internet girlfriend who is several thousand miles away but shares his key phobic trait. However, once Holly succeeds in getting him away from his monitor, she soon understands she must rescue the monster she has created before she can find her own happiness.
TALKING TO ADDISON contains a strong cast of eccentric characters who turn a rather weak plot into an amusing tale with strong serious undertones. The story line focuses on Holly's selfish efforts to gain the love of Addison without understanding the cost to the reticent technological nerd. As she did with AMANDA'S WEDDING, Jenny Colgan provides readers with a droll yet sober look at computer age relationships.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner