Forks, Knives and Spoons

by Lisa Mandina


There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York s father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond. Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves and not to settle in love or life.

My Review:
When the author emailed me asking if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing her book, I was definitely intrigued by the synopsis above.  While the majority of this story takes place during their time in college, there is a part of their lives after college that is included in the story.  I really did enjoy the UCS – otherwise known as the Utensil Classification System.  It turned out differently than I thought just from what I’d try to determine each utensil fit as before I read it.  Basically, a knife is the guy you want.  All the other types of utensils have their own definitions.  I liked that it was an open enough classification system that it showed a guy that was a spoon for one girl, could totally be a knife for another.  I know, that’s pretty confusing without having read the book, so you need to go ahead and do that.  Read more…