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on June 9, 2016
"On a Night Like This" seemed to start out promising, but unfortunately, it fell extremely flat. While having a generally typical plot ("golden boy" from high school falls for the outsider almost ten years later). I don't believe any of the characters were authentic, as their banter was somewhat cheesy and their conversations were dull. The main character fell too hard and too fast for a person she had said only a few words to her entire life. The only redeeming character was the daughter (Amanda), but even she could not save the book. The sex scenes were, to me, an extreme contrast to the rest of the novel. They seemed to show up quite randomly and were almost written in a language completely separate from the author's original voice. *SPOILER* I also feel that if you were raped as a teenager (main character), your attitude towards sex would be much different than hers...to only further point out, if you THOUGHT the man you were in love with raped your daughter, it would be beyond unforgivable (...and you wouldn't have called him to ask to use his cabin). With the situations at hand (rape, failing marriage, dying of cancer) I hoped the plot would have been more intricate and well executed. I did not get any of those things. While the romance between the two main characters could be considered "cute," and it was a fast read, I did not genuinely believe they loved each other (more so because the main character was dying). It seemed almost TOO perfect, as it were. Overall, I was incredibly disappointed as I had hoped for more authentic characters (that I could feel for) and a well executed plot (considering the amount of problems and areas to build upon).