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This is one of those books that was almost very good. Not great, but it almost deserved a "very" in front of the good. What kept me from adding the "very" is a little difficult to express.
On the one hand, the author presents two interesting central characters. Both have excessive baggage, both are trying to live a narrowly defined life that no longer works for them, both live with tragedy. And when the book focuses on the evolution of those characters it deserves the "very good". You feel the female character's painful awkwardness and the male character's fear of further rejection.
She looses it though with the way the plot is hurried. The two characters don't have sufficient time or history to build a relationship which is born out with the impractical and unrealistic way she finally gets them together. I felt like the last quarter of the book was the most important, but got the least amount of time or attention from the author.
One other complaint is that the male character's issues arose from a very serious health problem. I don't doubt that someone could fall in love with a person they recently met, even knowing that the person suffered from a debilitating illness with a very poor prognosis. But I do doubt that they could fall in love and totally ignore the issue. The fact that this was so lightly glossed over really bothered me.
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Cold hearted corporate bitch in a loveless engagement to a corporate prick, gets advice for friend to "look on the bright side".
Within days, she:
- finds love of her life
- changes careers from a soul sucking job to her life's passion
- reunites with estranged family
- redesigns her whole living space/enviroment
- changes her entire life
- lives happily ever after
All this highly predictable, highly telegraphed, with shallow, self-evident insights which cause the character no effort or soul-searching to achieve.
Suddenly everything "magically" falls into place, and without effort or thought, she transforms her entire life, due to a serious of fortunate misfortunes which all just seem to work themselves out because she's more positive.
You're left wondering: if all this was this easy, then why hasn't she done it/realized it before.
After all, you can see all these changes/realizations coming from a mile away, so why couldn't she?
In the end, you're left with 7 hours of time filler, which didn't anything new in any way.
You'll have forgotten about this book days after you've read it... which seems to indicate that it's time you might as well spend on something more... meaningful.
A really good story set in London about a relationship between to thirty something man and woman.
The notion for the story has potential but it's execution is singularly without humour. The characters were strangely one dimensional and rather than demonstrate the attraction of the attraction of the main pair, repeatedly stating their attraction as fact is its justification. Unfortunately, the narrator sounds robotic and the overall effect is one of tedium.