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Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Back of the Book (Source: Goodreads):
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’ life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages... maybe ever.
What’s it about?
Jess Thomas is an optimist. Even though her teenage stepson is being bullied and her genius daughter has a one-time shot only to get through a prestigious school which otherwise Jess could not even dream to pay for. Her husband is a no-show except for on Skype.
Ed Nicholls seemed to have everything he ever wanted until one silly mistake cost him just that. Four unlikely people and a dog with their paths converged.
I watched this video on Facebook a while back when Finding Audrey had released. It was of Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes. I remember them both talking about their books and how Sophie Kinsella adored Jojo’s work. I knew then that I simply must read her work. I started with The One Plus One as the story really appealed to me. There was promise of humour and really interesting characters in the blurb and that always manages to reel me in.
The book has been written from the point of view of all four characters. Normally, I am not a fan of switching POVs but I really liked it in this book. It was very interesting to see the world from four different, very human points of view. Each character has their own set of very real problems. Problems that cannot be solved that easily. Problems that sometimes you just have to live with. If I had to choose a favourite character, it would be Ed. His straight-faced humour, reluctant kind deed and quiet, strong support was a joy to read about.
The storyline is highly unusual and so very real. I look out for unique plotlines and I certainly got what I wanted from this book. Jojo Moyes paints all their worlds so intricately and with such detail that you get pulled in and you want to know what happens to each one of them. I was rooting for them the whole time. :)
I can happily say that I am a fan of Jojo Moyes’ writing and I’m trying very hard to find a copy of Me Before You. I saw the trailer and I was a pile of mush five seconds into the trailer. I’m sure you all have already seen it. If not, I urge you to watch it as soon as possible.
Favourite Character: Ed Nicholls (As explained above)
1) “Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved.” (I agree! <3)
2) “If someone wanted to be with you, after all, they just made it happen.” (Uh yeah!)
In other news, I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as sincerely as I used to because of work, other work and a lot of other writing. I have been writing a lot of stories on Wattpad and am pleased to say that my stories seem to make people happy. And honestly, that is why I love to write. But I realize that I would love to be able to blog as well as keep up with my stories. Shouldn’t be that difficult, right? I also read another book in the last month that I would really like to review. Soon, soon. :)
If anyone is interested in reading my Wattpad stories, here are the links: Fair warning, they’re both romance. :)
1) The Balcony: https://www.wattpad.com/story/52854627-the-balcony
2) Imperfect Two: https://www.wattpad.com/story/55747348-imperfect-two
If there are any books that I absolutely must read, please let me know in the comment section. You know the kind of books I like but other genres are certainly welcome. The same applies to movies. I’m a big movie buff. So let me know if there is some cool movie that I may have missed out on.
Gotta go now.
Until the next time, then!
The Perennial Reader :)