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I did warn you yesterday that there was another one of these coming to you today because in typical me fashion I finished another book this week. I had intended to read Nevernight after I left the Shadow World, but then I looked over at my books and this one stood out to me the most and so I made it my next read.
This book read like one of those rom-coms you watch when you just need to disconnect a bit. I loved it. I have always been a fan of Simsion and so I was very excited to delve into this book just to get back to his writing style and the characters that he creates.
This obviously had a different tone to The Rosie Project and I liked that just because if it had been exactly the same of very similar than I would have been a bit disappointed. i loved the theme that music played in this whole book, I am always a fan of the way music interplays in your life and how just hearing one song can take you back to one moment instantly (I can’t hear For Good, without thinking of Paris, it’s a long story). And so having that played out in front of me throughout the narrative of this book was great. I liked the extra layer that this element led to the book (kinda how it does in Guardians of the Galaxy and Baby Driver).
I thought the sort of love triangle/square was well handled and it didn’t feel forced or kind of stupid and nor did it get overly frustrating, which I liked because I have been jaded by them many times and I hate them. They are the most overused trope and if you can’t do it well or differently then I don’t wanna know. This one was well done. It was easy to see where Adam was coming from and Simsion did a good job of making the thoughts and actions of Adam clear to me at least.
I liked the fact that it was split into two parts and how the two parts had two distinct tones to them. One part was nostalgic and reminiscent of the past and the other was very much set in the present. I liked the kind of imagery that that set up. Like I said, it was almost like I was reading a rom-com. It felt kind of warm and fuzzy and was comforting in a way that I hadn’t expected.
Adam was the narrator but I liked how all the 4 characters that made up the narrative felt like they were well fleshed out. I felt like I had a good understanding of them and why they were acting the way that they were. Angelina and Charlie’s motivations made sense to me and Adam’s attitude to Claire also did as well. I mean there was a lot of grey areas with it all as well and that was what I liked about it. It felt real in that sense.
I liked that the ending didn’t go the way that you think it is going to. Especially because there are several times when you think it might actually go that way. I have been jaded by many an ending (as I am sure you know), but I found that when I closed this book on Sunday night that I was satisfied with the ending. I found that it made perfect sense and it tied up all the loose ends nicely. It left me remembering why I loved Simsion’s work.
I would recommend this book so much.
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