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What disappointed you about The Single Girl’s To-Do List?
I was upset that the "to do" list was basically all about how to get her next man. Thought this book was going to be empowering and about finding your true self, unattached to a significant other. About finding value in your friends and yourself. Instead it was all about how to nab a new man. Beyond frustrating.
What was most disappointing about Lindsey Kelk’s story?
None of the characters were likable at all. The protagonist was unpredictable and annoyingly hotheaded in the guise of "standing up for herself." Her "best friends" were really just one dimensional flunkies that didn't add anything to the story. And I really can't forgive her for reducing the "gay best friend" to nothing but a man who likes drinking and watching gay porn.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I liked the pacing of the narration, but there wasn't a whole lot of variety in the voices so it was tough to follow at times.
Any additional comments?
The lead character Rachel is extraordinary unlikable. I really struggled to find any redeeming qualities whatsoever. She seemed ultra selfish, emotionally confused and had a great inability to pick up cues from others. She is crabby, downright rude and it irritates me how everyone is running around at her beck and call constantly trying to soothe her. Why? I really think that she is a one-dimensional character with no depth. Seriously unlikable.
In regards to the story, I have no idea why her two wonderful best friends actually love her so much. She never does anything great for them and the writer does a poor job of showing us why they go out of their way to do anything for her whatsoever. She won't let Emilie date her brother and Emilie spent days on Rachel's couch helping her with her problems. Maybe some back ground to their childhood and their friendship history would have helped to make it more understandable. Her mother and brother are very underdeveloped as well which is really too bad. The mother seems to be very interesting and would be nice to know more about her brother and why he is the kind of guy he is.
Spoiler alert! All of a sudden it's Dan? Where that come from? Feels like the author just tried to tie it up in the last chapter. Completely unbelievable. And why in the world did that character from New York send her a stunning dress? What did Rachel do to inspire that?? Rachel gave her one line from her point of view, which wasn't even advice and that wonderful stylist woman spent all that time helping her. Why? And why would she send her her a gorgeous expensive dress?
I really wanted to like this book and it's the first time I've ever given review and quite honestly I'm surprised I listened to it to the end but I suppose I was hoping for some revelation from Rachel to redeem her.
The reader didn't attempt to change her voice at all for the characters except for her very poor attempt at a Montreal/ Canadian accent. It was painful.
Don't even get me started on the Toronto chapters. Toronto is NOT how the author describes. I know this because I live in Toronto. Trust me, there is not maple syrup in every food dish. As a matter of fact I have lived here for 20 years and I've only had maple syrup on my pancakes! Lol! And as far as being polite goes, there are polite people in Toronto, and rude people in Toronto just like everywhere else. Don't understand why Rachel described smiling nodding greeting faces as she walked down the street. That does not happen. Total fantasy.
Lastly, it was beyond irritating to hear her always refer to to her best friend Matthew as gay constantly. "My gay best friend Matthew....A very big gay man... Of course my friend Matthew is gay... he's gay.... Gay, gay, gay" We get it, he's gay. I mean what best friend does that? I have a really close friend who's gay and it rarely comes up. Completely unbelievable. If I was her "gay best friend" I would have dumped her a long time ago. LoL
I know my review is i pretty harsh but I guess this this book rubbed me the wrong way. it's very, very rare that I don't like the main characters to the books I choose..
You may want to pass on this one.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Single Girl's To-Do List to be better than the print version?
I think they both are great, however, I am always traveling on trains and buses and feel very sick looking down so the audio was really helpful for me.
Any additional comments?
I laughed out loud throughout the book and sympathized with the character on many occasions. It was really well spoken and easy to get into.
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I loved this book but it was made even better that I am newly single and listening to her made me see all the things I've been doing ! I love the author and am reading through all her books and I think this is one of the best :)
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