The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Published: 2nd January 2014

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 350

Blurb

Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman.  A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?

Review

I will admit that at first, I found it hard to follow the sporadic thoughts of Don. I didn’t think this book would be for me and was close to giving up on it. Perhaps I was being too hasty, I was only about 20 pages in. Thank god that I didn’t give up.

I fell in love with this book and its’ characters. You can’t help but love Don, his quirkiness is endearing and his attempts at normal social interaction are just hilarious. The individual personalities of the characters are what truly makes this book, each character having their own unique traits and characteristics combines to create a wonderful dynamic and feel throughout the book.

Not to be underestimated is the level of research that Simsion must have done to create this book. The effort to make sure that all the scientific detailing was correct must have been very time consuming but definitely worth it in the end. The science part itself has its’ own life within the book.

It is impossible to read this book and not root for Don, wanting so very much for him to succeed in his search for the ‘perfect’ partner. But can anyone really be perfect? That is something you learn along with Don on his somewhat ‘quest’. Though I expected the end result, who he ends up with, the journey through which it occurs was unexpected. I am a person who can usually guess the ending of books, I pride myself on my detective skills  but this one certainly surprised me.

The witty repartee, unique dynamic and overall flow work in unison to create one hell of a book that will endear itself to any reader. A definite must read for sure.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Published: 2nd December 2010

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile/ Usborne House

Pages: 400

Blurb

Anna had everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Étienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

Review

Stephanie Perkins has only been recently brought to my attention thanks to watching Youtube videos on book recommendations (blame it on the fact that this book was only published in the UK this year) and I think I have found a new favourite author.

This book is refreshing in the way that it deals with relationships and situations in general, carrying in equal measure the emotive and comedic aspects in order to create a fantastic all round novel.

I can immediately relate to Anna and her situation, I had to spend a year abroad as part of my degree, five months of which were spent living in Paris and I can relate to the feeling of having absolutely no idea what to do when you are on your own in a place that you have no idea about. Perkins nails this feeling to a t, quite a rare thing to find in books nowadays.

She also made me fall in love with Paris all over again. Having lived there, I found myself drawing on past knowledge of streets and locations, checking that in fact she did know what she was talking about. And boy did she. Her description of Paris brings the city to life from the pages and makes you feel as though you are there with them, journeying through the different ‘rues’ and ‘arrondissements’.

The dynamic between the characters flows effortlessly, especially the relationship between Anna and St. Clair, making you root for them from the very start. I personally found myself berating them both at how ridiculous they were being in different situations, something I would do with my own friends, and for me that signifies well written characters.

The enthralling pacing, witty dialogue and refreshing characters, both main and supporting, will charm any reader. After all, who doesn’t want to meet their dream partner in the city of romance? A definite must read for all.

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You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

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Published: 22nd May 2014

Publisher: Penguin UK

Pages: 400

Blurb

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive, Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…

 

Review

Having read Giovanna’s first book, Billy and Me, I was thrilled when she announced that she would be writing a second.

When I found my copy tucked away in Waterstones, a day before the official release date, I actually squealed in excitement at the chance of diving head first in to this book early and I was not disappointed. I actually finished reading this in only 4 hours, I could not put it down.

The story begins with Maddy stood at the end of the aisle, wondering if she has made the right decision about who she is marrying. The story then travels back to when they are nine years old and meet for the first time. It is told from the points of view of both Maddy and Ben. Though I would have liked to have seen things from Rob’s point of view, we do in fact hear snippets from him on the big day.

From then on we travel through their lives, learning about the relationship of the affectionately dubbed ‘tripod’ but also the trials and tribulations that they experience along the way.  The reader is carried from childhood to adult life, experiencing the feelings and emotions alongside the three characters, journeying with them on their love-triangle.

Maddy, Ben and Rob all work fantastically well together but it is their individual personalities and characteristics which shine through to help you experience all that they do and feel like their story is your own. I certainly went on the emotional roller coaster with them, the amount of tissues in my bin from weeping can attest to that.

Of course people are going to have favourites, but I for one could not decide between Ben and Rob, different aspects of their personalities and ways appealed to me at different times, I certainly would not have wanted to have been Maddy and have to have made a choice. At various points through the book I found myself shouting at Maddy, urging her to make a decision as though she was my friend and I was there for her through the process.

This novel could have gone in any direction, but I was very please with the overall ending of it, for me, it was the right decision of who Maddy had to end up with. It was a heartwarming and brilliant ending to an equally heartwarming and brilliant book.

For anyone who enjoys chic-lit or who has read Giovanna’s previous novel, this read is a must, I guarantee you that you will not regret it.

 

 

 

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