Well it appears as if my reading slump is officially over. When I started reading this book I was not overly impressed, as many “chick lit” novels involve characters of substantial quirkiness, this one was no different. However as the novel progressed I became more and more enslaved to it. The writing flows nicely and the short chapters helped me to read quicker. I have always felt that large novels that only have four chapters are rather pretentious.
I would not say that I loved the main character but I did find him interesting. At times his believability strained, but overall I did feel like he was an authentic character. He made mistakes, but the critical thing here is that his mistakes did not frustrate me to the point of wanting to throw the book out the window.
His love interest was charming and sincere and I quickly warmed up to her, although I would have liked to have known a bit more about her. I do not believe that you need to know someone’s life story to fall in love with them but I did feel like her background was lacking a little bit.
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, and for a debut it was very impressive. I believe that it does live up to its hype and I would recommend.
Paperback, First Canadian Edition, 329 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by HarperCollins (first published January 2nd 2013)
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