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Sleeping Arrangements Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010
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The hidden past surrounding Chloe and Hugh is slowly unraveled through flashbacks. From their first encounter at Gerard's villa, there's an explosive recognition--boom. From there on, readers slowly learn what exactly it is that's between them, and how exactly they'll react. Without giving too much away, I will say the plot itself was highly extractable and far-fetched, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Wickham's characters aren't particularly deep. For the most part, they're static and unrelateable, but she pens them with such grace and endearment, that I can't help but like them all. Even the ones that are portrayed negatively, such as Hugh's ridiculously anal wife, Amanda, are pleasing and entertaining to follow.
The highlight of this novel would definitely be its execution. The plot and characters themselves are mediocre and unremarkable, but the writing flows easily, and Wickham's style is smooth, often subtly hilarious, and blithe. I breezed through this novel; Sleeping Arrangements is a quick, lighthearted story set to the backdrop of a gorgeous Spanish town; a great read for a sunny day!Read more ›
Now on to the actual book. I enjoyed "The Gatecrasher" much better. I felt that these characters were way too self-absorbed. Each one wanted to meet the desires of his or her own Id constantly. Amanda actually turned out to be my favorite character of all, mainly because she acted like a real person to me. The rest were too one sided. I hated the Nanny in the book as I felt she was way over the top. I did enjoy the ending because it didn't have the fairy tale ending. It gave a real-ending to the problems presented in the novel.
As for future reading, I think I am going to stick to her lighter fare under Sophie Kinsella.
My first issue is that characters. There are very few books out there where you look at all of the characters and just think that they are all horrible. I've read books with sociopaths and serial killers that had more decency than these characters. They all seem to be lacking perspective and none seems to truly realize just how good their lives are. They find excuses for their behavior, whether it's rage over a lost lover or depression over being kicked to the curb by your employer. It almost seems like when toddlers end up in a massive pinching session and blame it on another kid because the other person started it. I just wanted to scream at them for their petty attitudes and bickering.
Other than the annoying characters, the book was extremely boring. There was very little flow to the story. There was nothing fun or enlightening. The book was just kind of a "what I did on my summer vacation" essay from elementary school that was stretched out over 300+ pages. I think an elementary school student would have probably come up with something a bit more compelling, though.
There were some parts that I did like about this book, but the bad completely outweighed the good. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I know, unless I really and truly thought that they deserved to be bored out of their mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read a lot of Wickham/Kinsella books and I've enjoyed them all. This was probably my least favorite. It felt a bit unbelievable. I most likely would not recommend it.Published 28 days ago by Elana
Great book; again not a huge fan of the narrator but it worked out for this story. Don't miss this book - it's fantastic.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thought it was pretty good but funny like her others. Overall it was entertaining, couldn't believe they took those risks and weren't caught lol.Published 8 months ago by Brigett Bowers
This book didn't sound to terribly interesting. But I was wrong. So far from my usual genre I thought I'd hate it. But I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terri Logue
Read in one day. So nice to have a story with no murder or explicit sex. Excellent story with insightful characters and compelling plot. Good luck to this writer.Published 13 months ago by Sherry