Review of Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

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Review of Benny & Shrimp by Katarina MazettiBenny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
Published by Short Books on 2013-11-20
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 234
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Why is it so impossible to get a relationship to work between two mature single people, driven by an enormous longing and loudly ticking biological clocks? Especially when they are struck by a totally unexpected passion when they first meet… In alternate chapters, Benny and “Shrimp” tell the story of a love that started by mistake in a village cemetery, a love that should not really be as complicated as it seems. She is a childless young widow with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that even her jam jars are in alphabetical order. He is a gentle, overworked milk farmer, a reluctant loner, who fears becoming the village’s Old Bachelor. The attraction between them is powerful. But how will she learn to accept that he falls asleep at the opera and has a house full of his mother’s embroidered wall hangings, and how could he ever feel at home in her minimalist apartment, bare as a dentist’s waiting room? In Benny and Shrimp, Katarina Mazetti brilliantly captures the intensity of an unexpected love affair, and the heartbreaking inevitability with which life tends to get in the way.

I read Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti in two quick sittings. I really enjoyed Benny & Shrimp. It’s a quirky story of love between a farmer (Benny) and a librarian (Shrimp). I liked that this didn’t read like a cheesy romance novel, bodices did not rip, chests did not heave.

Benny & Shrimp showcased a messy kind of love where mitigating factors such as different life styles got in the way. I thought that felt real, as people aren’t perfect and in real life people don’t give up everything for love. I also liked that this novel showed how much of a process love is. Again, people don’t just snap their fingers, and boom, love. No, you get to know the person, there has to be chemistry, and THEN love happens.

I liked how Shrimp didn’t want to give up her life in order to fit with Benny’s expectations of a perfect relationship (woman, barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen). Somehow that appeals to my inner feminist, as I wouldn’t give up my career just to fulfill some man’s ideal.

I think this was definitely a worthy read. I actually really really want the sequel to hurry up and be translated so I know what happens. While reading this book, I would suggest you drink a bottle of Swedish Hill wine: Jackass Red. It’s got a delicious unique flavor, goes down smooth and easy.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. justanotherbookaddict says

    I have this one on my list, but I wasn't sure if it was good. Thanks for the review.


  2. I had seen this one and wondered about it..I will add it to my TBR list..Thanks for the awesome review! 🙂

  3. Great review! I never heard of this book before, so thank you!
    It really sounds good and i'm gonna put it on my wishlist 🙂

  4. justicejenniferreads says

    This book sounds like a really interesting read. I like books that feature unexpected pairings – they are the best kind. Plus, I like the fact that the book features a strong woman who doesn't just give in to fitting a stereotypical role.

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